Water Innovation Challenge — Singapore

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Team USA has done the USA proud and convincingly won the inaugural Water Innovation Challenge. Neck to neck at the end of Day 1; on Day 2 and 3, Team USA steadily pulled away from Team AUS. Better teamwork and also closer attention to the requirements of the briefs was what made the difference.

Bill Erickson, CJ Erickson, played a key role in not only putting the team together, meeting with them in Chicago a few weeks in advance of departure for Singapore, but also helped raise money to offset the costs of this venture.

Water Innovation Challenge

Thirteen participants representing the USA and Australia – plumbers, engineers, web designers, CAD specialists, teachers, and advisors – participated in the inaugural Water Innovation Challenge that ran June 3-5 in the Central Amphitheatre at ITE Singapore College East. This is a side event of Singapore International Water Week 2014, a global platform for stakeholders from across the global water industry to share business opportunities and showcase the latest water technologies and innovative water solutions.

In addition to the exciting three-day Challenge, an accompanying visitor experience opportunity to our “Open Studio,” a gallery space and viewing area that will allow visitors and WorldSkills partners to meet and network with a view to developing future project partnerships. The Open Studio will present a range of displays and technical material from the Healthabitat Sanitation Studio programme, plus further content from the World Plumbing Council .

Further to this, the outcomes of the ITE Singapore Virtual 3D Learning Innovation Lab for Facilities Management will be showcased at the heart of the main Water Expo in downtown Singapore. WorldSkills interns Michael Christensen (Canada) and Simon Noerdjan (Suriname) will be on hand to demonstrate their application for water treatment developed exclusively for ITE students, as their three-month stay in Singapore comes to a close.

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