HUL Grand Water Saving Challenge

Closing Date: 10 May 2021 (Check Contest Website) Reward: 5 Lakh INR

About Grand Water Saving Challenge:

In support of the Indian Prime Minister's Swachh Bharat (SBM) mission and the United Nations SDGs, Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL), in association with Invest India, Startup India and AGNIi, launched the Grand Water Saving Challenge. Managed by the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC), the challenge aims to address the need for an efficient flushing system in public toilets to ensure optimal water use while ensuring clean and hygienic toilets. The World Economic Forum's Healthy Cities and Communities initiative, which catalyzed this innovation challenge, aims to improve the well-being of people globally by enabling them to live longer and more fully in their local environment.

The Grand Water Saving Challenge is a national hackathon inviting technologists, inventors and start-ups in the water and sanitation field to participate. The winners of the challenge will receive a cash prize of Rs. 5 Lakh in addition to the opportunity to install and test the invention at a Suvidha center, developed by HUL.


Themes For Challenges

  • Water

  • Sanitation

  • Social Impact


Problem Statement:

An innovative water saving flush system designed for squat latrines to ensure clean and hygienic toilets for all

Community and public toilets remain one of the most challenging shared spaces in terms of cleanliness, hygiene, and operations and maintenance. Water supply to these is often limited and the burden of wastewater and fecal sludge management & treatment is high as well. There is a need for a better flush system that uses less water while ensuring a clean and hygienic toilet.

The participants of this challenge need to design (stage 1) and prototype (stage2) a flush system on a squat toilet pan (can be made from ceramic or recycled plastic) that uses no more than 2.5 liters of water to clean the pan surface of any visible fecal residues evaluated using actual or simulated human feces

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Who Can Apply:

  1. The challenge is open to Start-ups that are registered with DPIIT (Dept. for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade)

  2. In case the participating team is not registered as above, it needs to be originating in academic institutions.

  3. Employees of the Company, its Affiliates, distributors, appointed agency/entity holding the Challenge, their families and immediate relatives are not eligible to participate in the program.

  4. The Challenge is valid for Indian nationals residing in India who are eighteen years of age or above and who are not legally ineligible to participate for any reason whatsoever.

Shortlisting Procedure

  • The shortlists will be announced by a shortlisting panel comprising of representatives from Unilever, TBC and representatives from reputed organizations working in the space of water and sanitation.

  • The final judging panel will shortlist the top 2 winners.

  • The decision of judges is final

  • Finalists will have to develop a working prototype for the challenge at their own cost

  • They will have to demonstrate the innovation by depositing the artificial feaces onto the surface of the pan and take a video of the flushing action and provide evidence that no more than 2.5 liters of water was used for the flush

Timeline:

  1. Launch Date: World Water Day 22nd March 2021

  2. Selection of Winners: World Environment Day June 5th 2021

Reward:

  • 1st Prize – Rs. 5,00,000;

  • 2nd Prize – Rs. 2,50,000

.............INNOVATE TO WIN..............

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Category of contest: Startup Contest


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