The development of coasts and ports is of national importance to Indonesia, securing economic growth and offering safety against floods for millions of people. Given these are typically large-scale infrastructural projects, often taking place in densely populated areas, the development of ports and coasts is likely to have significant impact on people and the environment.
Inevitably, there will be advantages and disadvantages to any such project, but the goal is to plan and design integrated solutions that achieve the best possible outcome for all key stakeholders – People, Planet & Profit.
This first edition of the Indonesia Water Challenge 2013-2014 invited students and young professionals to explore opportunities for such integrated solutions, focusing on Jakarta Bay. The participating teams from Universitas Hasanuddin, ITS Surabaya, Institut Teknologi Bandung and Universitas Gadjah Mada, were each given one specific challenge to focus on for their plans:
Launch & Kick-off Program
The Indonesia Water Challenge was officially launched during a large international water conference in Jakarta. Minister of Public Works and Housing, H.E. Dr. M. Basuki Hadimuljono personally wished the student teams good luck as they started working on their assignments. The teams presented themselves on-stage during one of the seminars attended by more than a hundred representatives from local and international companies and organisations. For the two following days, the teams worked at the offices of their mentor companies, outlining the initial ideas and preparing their projects.
After the kick-off program, the teams went back to their own campuses to continue working on their assignments. Thanks to the dedicated BlueSpring platform, each team had access to its own online workspace giving them direct access to their mentors.
After 3 months of hard work, the teams were invited back to Jakarta to present their solutions during the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) expert meetings to an audience of more than 200 hundred local and international water experts. The proposed solutions were very well received and lively discussion followed each of the presentations.
The submissions and presentations were judged by an expert jury, chaired by Dr. M. Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Public Works & Housing. The innovative Integrated Floating Village concept by the team from Institut Teknologi Bandung was announced the winner.