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World Water Challenge is an annual international contest for water solutions, aiming to discover imminent water problems that world is facing and to find feasible solutions to them.


The prize will be awarded for innovative solutions to several specific aspects of Sustainable Development Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation.

Topic 1: Efficient Water Management

  • Urban water efficiency
  • Agricultural water efficiency
  • Industrial water efficiency
  • Energy efficiency in water and waste water systems

Topic 2: Resource Recovery from Water and Wastewater Systems

  • Water recycling and reuse technologies
  • Energy production from water and waste water cycles
  • Nutrient recovery from waste water

Topic 3: Water and Natural Disasters

  • Climate change assessment and adaptation
  • Drought analysis and management
  • Urban floods and damage reduction
  • Remote sensing and GIS applications to natural hazards

Topic 4: Smart Water Technologies

  • Management of urban, industry, and irrigation water
  • Implementation of integrated water resources management
  • Design and implementation of smart water grid
  • Information and communication technologies for water management

Topic 5: Ecosystem and Water

  • Science and technology for green infrastructure management
  • Economic valuation on ecosystem and water
  • Effects of ecosystem on water quality

Anyone (as an individual or on behalf of an organization) who is interested in water or would like to propose creative/applicable solutions. Application should be made through the online submission system via the KIWW official website ( in English. 

Award size
The total prize amount for the World Water Challenge 2018 is KRW 16,000,000. The Award Ceremony will be held on September 14 at the closing ceremony of KIWW 2018 and the winners will be presented with a cash prize and trophy respectively.


For further details see the World Water Challenge 2018 website.




Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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