In 2016, the Swedish Embassy in Hanoi organised the Smart Water Innovation Contest with the aim of inspiring Vietnamese university students to think freely and innovatively on how to tackle water-related problems.
The contest was designed to generate ideas, services and solutions that contribute to sustainable water use. It attached great importance to the students’ ability to address the challenges facing Vietnam and the world, and was tied in with the #FirstGeneration initiative, which highlights the important role of educators in engaging young people in sustainable development and spreading knowledge about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Three Vietnamese students from HCM City University of Technology were awarded for their idea of a smart phone app to detect water leakages. They won a trip to Stockholm and the 2016 World Water Week, where they had the opportunity to learn even more and develop new knowledge networks.
The aim is to hold the contest annually and in close cooperation with universities to give professors and teachers better opportunities to support their students and to include the Global Goals in their teaching.
The Smart Water Innovation Contest is organised in cooperation with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).
This case relates to Global Goal 14: Life below water.