Apply for 2nd Annual SanTech Hackathon! Seeking innovations on flood-proof toilet design


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Apply for 2nd Annual SanTech Hackathon! Seeking innovations on flood-proof toilet design

The challenge
During rainy seasons, ground water tables rise. This may lead to flooding/waterlogging destructive to sanitation infrastructure. Sludge
from pit latrines gets mixed with and contaminates ground and surface
water (used for household consumption and agricultural activities) at
great expense to public health. In addition, the following problems have
been identified which make toilets expensive and unsustainable,
especially for the rural poor:
  • High cost of emptying, high fill-up rate due to infiltration of the ground water to the pit causing premature need for pit emptying.
  • Substructure damage due to water level fluctuation.
  • Frequent requirement for some retrofitting/maintenance after each flood.
  • High need for toilets during flooding (when open defecation practice is not possible).
What are we looking for? 
  •  Innovations suitable forhigh-water table areas (ground water table 1m below the ground) & flooded/water-logged (max. 0.6m above the ground). 
  • Improvements on existingsystems or completely new ideas, created through: novel design, choice of materials, new processes, and/or any other component that can be applied situation detailed above.
  • Innovations must address allcomponents of the toilet and its functionality (user interface), collection, and safe storage/treatment.
How to enter:
Prepare your application with:
    1. The application form (Annex 1)
    2. Supporting materials including:
      1. 2 videos (landscape format) of: 60 seconds footage of your innovation in action and 60 seconds interview style explaining how the
        innovation works.
      2. 3 photos
    3. Submit your application and supporting materials (before 30 April) at this link .
    4. Let us know you completed the application! Follow FINISH Mondial on social media and tag us in a post with #FINISHMondial and why we need to
      come together to address the #floodprooftoilet.
Who can enter:
We welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates. You can apply as an individual or as part of the group (Research institution,
academic institution, NGO, or entrepreneur). Participants with technical
experience on toilet construction are encouraged to apply.

Panels will select finalists and winners based on:
  1. How novel is your idea? (20% of score)
  2. How does your idea address the challenge? Is your idea appropriate for the high ground water table and flood-prone areas? (40% of score)
  3. How technically feasible is your design, and how easy it would be to implement and scale? (20% of score)
  4. How cost-effective is your idea? (20% of score
As winners you will win prize money and chance to implement your innovation on the field.
  1. First prize: €3,000 + implementation of your solution in one of the FINISH Mondial countries
  2. Second prize: €2,000
  3. Third prize: €1,000
  4. Audience favourite (live voting during virtual event): €1,000
Important dates 
1. Contest launch: 23 March 2021 
2. Lastdate for submission: 30 April 2021 23:59 CET 
3. Live virtual event & winners’ announcement: 16 June 2021

Find more details information here: Santech hackathon 2021
Any questions? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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