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Clean Water Hackathon

July 11, 2018 @ 8:00 am - July 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


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Registration closing Friday 29 June


The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), in partnership with the Global Water Institute, are pleased to announce the inaugural Clean Water Hackathon will take place at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (UNSW) from 11-13 July, 2018.

The Hackathon arises from ANSTO’s year-long collaboration with the Sri Lankan government to investigate Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Cause (CKDu), a serious public health issue affecting agricultural communities in the country’s north-east.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students are invited to participate in the Hackathon. We value diversity of thought in reaching an innovative solution to the problem and invite students from STEMM, business, design, international relations, and other related areas, to join.

Over the three days of the Hack, participants will:

  • Join cross-institutional, multidisciplinary teams,
  • Hear from leading researchers on existing initiatives to deliver clean water to affected communities, and remaining barriers,
  • Receive mentoring in the development of their proposal,
  • Pitch their proposal and have the opportunity to share in a $5,000 cash prize. The winning team will also be invited to work with ANSTO experts to further develop their concept.
  • Attend a cocktail reception on 13 July where the winner will be announced

ANSTO CEO Dr Adi Paterson signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia, His Excellency Somasundaram Skandakumar, on 25 May 2017.

ANSTO’s Dr Richard Banati has a look at a domestic well in an area of Sri Lanka affected by chronic kidney disease of unknown origin

Since early 2017, ANSTO has been working with the Sri Lankan Presidential Taskforce on the Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease to understand the aetiology of CKDu and develop effective mitigation strategies. While the Taskforce is the primary implementation partner, ANSTO is also working closely with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, and the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. More broadly, over 25 Sri Lankan, Australian and multilateral organisations have registered their interest in working collaboratively to address CKDu.

ANSTO is facilitating collaboration by bringing together skilled nephrologists, and additional medical and environmental researchers, to use its world-class nuclear science infrastructure, such as the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering and the Australian Synchrotron.

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