With six students from MBO Life Sciences – Environment & Water from Leeuwarden we participated in the Hackathon of the Energy College. A hackathon is an innovation competition in which teams devise and develop creative solutions in about 30 hours at a time.

So we were given 30 hours to pitch a solution to a problem at WLN. The challenge was: what can we do with the residual stream (slurry, Brine or Concentrate) so that it is not left over or put to good use. OR come up with a way of purifying water that doesn’t leave that residual stream at all. Quite a challenge, but then there were many helplines, coaches, experts and workshops at the students’ disposal. The starting point was that the students were working on their own and were responsible.

It was 30 hours as you can expect with ups-and-downs, (a little) friction, lots of fun, a little too little sleep, headaches and of course time pressure and stress. The result of our students is worth it! Look here for the result in Dutch:

Unfortunately, we did not win, but we did receive an honorable mention from the judges.

As a teaching team we can say that we are super proud of the students because they have worked very independently and energetically. They worked hard and learned a lot. Chapeau!

For a summary of the entire Hackathon:

Futureproof Drinkwater Hackathon Aftermovie (in Dutch)

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