Geology for Global Development

Guest Blog: Before the wells run dry… New Competition!

wells compGeraint Burrows, Head of HWB-UK, shares an exciting competition that Earth Scientists could enter in collaboration with engineers or other stakeholders…Hydrogeologists without Borders UK (HWB-UK), in partnership with Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB-UK), have launched a competition entitled ‘Before the well runs dry’. The competition challenges innovators to design a new cost-effective technology to measure water levels in boreholes and wells. An introductory workshop outlining the competition brief will be held on 5th November at Birmingham University led by Professor Richard Carter and Peter Dumble. It will be available on-line shortly afterwards on the ‘Before the well runs dry’ competition workspace hosted by Engineering for Change.Prospective applicants are asked to join the competition workspace and to download and complete a registration form. The deadline for registration is the 30th of November 2013.The winning design team will be awarded a £1000 cash prize plus an opportunity to work with an award winning product design company to take their idea forward to prototype with a view to test its suitability for manufacture. Runners up will also be awarded £1000 worth of prizes. Competitor ideas will be placed under a Creative Commons licence which enables the ideas to be used by anybody, with credit given to the inventor.

The competition is sponsored by Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), Peter Dumble Hydrogeology and Creactive Design.

Further details are provided in the linked competition brief. 

Joel is the Founder/Director of Geology for Global Development (@Geo_Dev) an organisation working to support geologists to make a sustainable contribution to the fight against global poverty. He is an interdisciplinary researcher, with a PhD in geography (natural hazards), and research interests in multi-hazard frameworks, disaster risk reduction, rural water projects, and sustainable development. This work has taken him to Chile, China, Guatemala, India, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Joel is currently based at the British Geological Survey, and tweets at @JoelCGill.