NEWS

It may not have made headlines today, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important: the latest news about the Changemaker Challenge!

The finals

On 22 March, World Water Day, it was all hands on deck for the 11 Changemaker Challenge finalists competing for the prize of € 3,000. Because the sizzling final was battled out aboard the Pasaat sailing vessel! Perfectly peacefully, of course.

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Rossella Messina

Microplastics have already been found in various brands of German beer, but no research has yet been carried out to ascertain whether our drinking water has been contaminated with these miniscule plastic particles. Rosella is going to change that!

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Brigit van Brenk

Due to growing use, wastewater increasingly contains traces of medicines and pesticides. Brigit has come up with a way to break down these substances naturally with a superrrr mushroom!

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Alejandro Medina Aristizábal

In La Guajira, a desert region in the north of Colombia, many children die every year due to a lack of safe drinking water. Changemaker Challenge finalist Alejandro wants to use his invention to counter this.

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Mohammad Rafiqul Islam

Virtually nowhere else are the effects of climate change as visible as in Bangladesh, where periods of drought alternate with floods. Finalist Mohammed wants to investigate whether it is possible to harvest rainwater with the aid of microcredit.

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Eric Ziemann

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently sounded the alarm about antibiotic resistance. How can we detect even the smallest residues of antibiotics in water? Water Technology student Eric is going to find out!

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Ira Wardani

The Citarum River in Indonesia is one of the most important rivers in Java, as well as one of the most polluted rivers in the world. Ira wants to find out how can we prevent waterborne diseases amongst the surrounding residents of this river!

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Gayathri Jaikumar

Changemaker Challenge finalist Gayathri wants to study how primary and secondary microplastics are dispersed through the marine ecosystem. To do that, she is starting at the basis of the food chain: water fleas!

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Lucas van der Maas

There is no successful method for the biorecycling of bio-plastics without loss of raw materials and energy. Changemaker Challenge finalist Lucas wants to develop a solution for this using micro-organisms.

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Kees

Kees wants to develop an Urban Water Security Dashboard to assess the water safety situation in cities in order to assist local authorities in policy development.

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Report finals

A palpable tension is in the air in the hall of the Utrecht University on 9 February. However, this time the damp armpits and stressed little faces aren’t the result of any exams, but are caused by the breath-taking Changemaker Challenge semi-finals.

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Doing research for a company? You can still participate!

Are you writing your Master’s thesis at a company? No worries! You can still participate in the Changemaker Challenge.

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Changemaker Challenge does not cause study delay

Even though you probably love the student live, you are also looking forward to handing in your Master’s thesis. Therefore, we have organized the Changemaker Challenge in such a way that it will not cause study delay.

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Dopper Foundation is looking for Changemakers!

The Changemaker Challenge is a Dopper Foundation initiative. Worldwide, this Foundation is fighting against single-use plastic and for clean drinking water, by – among other things – gaining knowledge about these subjects.

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