Hack the Cape Town Water Crisis (South Africa)

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Hack the Cape Town Water Crisis

My organization is working with the Cape Town Science Centre to hold the upcoming Hack the Cape Town Water Crisis, tentatively set for late Feb 2018. For those of you who don't know, Cape Town is suffering the worst drought in 100 years and the city may reach a zero water day as early as April this year. If it does, it would be the first time in modern history that a major modern city will have no water. Nobody really knows what would happen should day zero arrive.

The hackathon is an appeal to people in all walks of life, both local and global to crowdsource solutions at various scales (short term, medium term, long term and centralized to decentralized), but with a focus on immediate short term solutions. The city is building desalination plants and drilling new boreholes but now it's a race against time.

We will be building various water harvesting prototypes starting next month.

The Call for Participation is available at the Cape Town Science Centre website:

ctsc.org.za/call-for-participation-hack-...er-crisis-cape-town/

If you are in Cape Town, you can participate locally, if not, then you can particpate remotely on the www.oscedays.org website. Please go to the Call for Participation and fill in the Google forms if you are interested. We are setting up the hackathon projects there and should be up in a week or so (by first week of Feb 2018).
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Re: Hack the Cape Town Water Crisis

Hallo Gien

Please send me more information about the hackathon. My e-mail adress; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Will do! Coincidentally, my wife just sent me a FB post from yesterday, that you had been participating on.
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Re: Hack the Cape Town Water Crisis

Hi Karma,

I live in Brazil and I have been dedicated to the theme Water and Hacking in recent years.

I have organized some information on www.c2o.pro.br

And one of the sections is exactly "Hacking the Waters" ( www.c2o.pro.br/hackaguas/index.html )

Most of the information is available in Portuguese but has something in English ( www.c2o.pro.br/en )

What is your email and how can we exchange more information?

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Markos
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Hi Markos,

Your website is rich with technical information. We will have a big cross-section of people at the hackathon, not all engineers and scientists, but programmers, hackers, makers, and just concerned citizens. The trick will be how to get all these people to work together cohesively to develop new solutions. It's an ideation hackathon to gather ideas but we want to build prototypes in maker spaces, etc after the hackathon. It will be an ongoing process. In fact, we are already building prototypes leading up to the hackathon because this is a real crisis and we don't know when Day Zero will hit. If we are lucky, we will avert it, but I think it's teaching the citizens of Cape Town to become more autonomous and resilient about water matters, not just entrusting the centralized municipal system, but developing decentralized solutions in case the large scale infrastructure is not ready in time.

We are going to be using the global www.oscedays.org website to start a project-per-page. Your wealth of information might go up in an information section page somewhere so that people have access to your resource. We want to have a page of human resources so, if you are agreeable, we can add you to a list and identify your skillset so if any of the projects needs specific types of support,they know who to contact. So the hackathon is just the kickoff. We will develop the ideas harvested at the ideation stage into full blown DIY or locally manufacturable products.

Although Cape Town is experiencing this crisis, the hope is that all the open source solutions we create can be downloaded by everyone around the globe to help mitigate their own water issues.

My email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to contact me.

Cape Town Science Centre has released the Call for Participation and I will post that in this thread in the next message. Please go there and contribute your ideas to the Google forms. Thanks Markos!

Bwell
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Hi Gien,

You can include the site link and my name as a contributor.

And I'm willing to help as much as I can.

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Markos
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Hi Gien,

Do you have an update on this? Has the event taken place yet? And is Day Zero for water in Cape Town still looming or have you had some rain (I haven't seen much in the international news about it, which I guess means there has been some rain and the crisis is deferred...).

And do you have any new website links that people can follow? You had said "Cape Town Science Centre has released the Call for Participation and I will post that in this thread in the next message." ?

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Hi e,

Day zero has been moved to 2019 BUT based on the assumption that the rains will come in June. If that doesn't happen, we will be back in the thick of things.

So all the hacks that were begin, we are taking all of them seriously.

The first leg is over but we planning the next global design sprint now.... with a Swiss based entrepreneur school called Kaos Pilot planned in a large art gallery space in cape town but we are planning global participation in Bern and maybe Bogota, Columbia.....we are really trying to jumpstart a global Thinkspace feeling and environment for these collaborations. Does your group of engineers etc want to join in? We are really trying to test a new way to take though problems through the power of global collaboration.

We already ideated many amazing ideas but now want to form working groups to make good progress on each of these.
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