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HACK THE CAPE TOWN WATER CRISIS

24th & 25th February 2018

Local Cape Town participants: Cape Town Science Centre, 370B Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town
Global innovation participants: Open Source Circular Economy website 

WHAT IS THE CAPE TOWN WATER CRISIS? 

A city in a race against time

Dams are currently Cape Town's main source of water but due to a prolonged drought combined with a variety of political, human migration, climate and other factors, levels have dropped to a historic low. The city is implementing an aggressive program to help its citizens drop their water consumption rapidly, while also working around the clock to bring alternate sources online. Cape Town usually experiences winter rains in June. So the entire city is in a race against time to stretch its dwindling supplies to last until the June rains and alternate sources arrive. If Day Zero arrives, cape Town will have its taps turned off, a prospect that can have major health and economic repercussions.

DAY ZERO: PUSHED OUT TO 2019

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Cape Town Harbour (Desalination)

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Strandfontein (Desalination)

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Monwabisi (Desalination)

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Cape Flats (Ground Water)

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Atlantis (Ground Water)

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WHAT IS A HACKATHON?
"A Hackathon is a form of problem solving. People come together to engage in creative discussion to solve real world problems. It emerged from the computer industry although today its usage is far broader. As Wikipedia puts it ‘The word hackathon is a portmanteau of the words hack and marathon, where hack is used in the sense of playful, exploratory programming, not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer crime."
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WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

1. To collectively develop new solutions to the Cape Town Water Crisis.
2. To test a new global collaborative open source framework called "Cosmo-Localization" which harnesses innovators around the globe to "Design Global" and "Manufacture Local"

LIVE STREAM

"Cosmo-localization is a new paradigm for the production and distribution of value that combines the universal sharing of knowledge (cosmo), but the 'subsidiarity' of production as close as possible to the place of need ('local'), essentially through distributed local manufacturing and voluntary mutualization. The general idea is not to impede technological progress though intellectual property, in an era of climate change where we cannot afford the 20-year lag in innovation due to patents; and to radically diminish the physical cost of transport through local production. Cosmo-localization is based on the belief that the mutualization of provisioning systems can radically diminish the human footprint on natural resources , which need to be preserved for future generations and all beings of the planet."

"Cosmo localization is a simple invocation of who we really are, brothers and sisters who share a small beautiful planet toward one of the spiral ends of the Milky Way. It is no accident that at the very same time that our species instigated a planetary ecological crisis, we likewise developed the infrastructure for a global knowledge Commons. This allows anyone and any community to make their science, their creativity, their designs, their art or engineering, a planetary resource for the entire human family. In this way we will potentiate and support each other across all of our localities and differences in navigating and solving our many challenges. In this time of need, it is our opportunity to show solidarity with ourselves. For it is not others which we help, but the Commons which sustains us all."

WHAT DO WE WANT TO ACHIEVE?

  1. Innovative, interdisciplinary thinking and ideas from a diverse community of people that contributes substantially to the design, adoption and implementation of innovative solutions to the Cape Town water crisis
  2. Effective global design collaboration leading  to real and scalable, open source solutions that can be shared with other water-stressed cities around the world

WHAT WILL HAPPEN OVER THE TWO DAYS?

SHARING IDEAS

We will engage with a glocal (global + local) community of willing, able and passionate people who have perspectives and ideas to contribute to the thinking around the Cape Town water crisis.

DEVELOPING SOLUTIONS

Out of our specialist inputs, group conversations and hacks we will develop a range of actionable solutions to be offered up to those who have the energy, passion, commitment and resources to implement.

SHARING EXPERIENCES

Our engagement will be captured and may serve as a resource to other water-challenged cities and communities around the world.

TALKS

 Talks from keynote speakers, panels of experts to address Day Zero community concerns and scientists, and water activists

EXHIBITS

 Technologies and DIY projects, Watermarc gamifying water savings, The Day Zero 25Litre Challenge, and more

WORKSHOPS

 Composting toilets, urine fermentation, waterwise gardening, keeping water moving flowform, cycling gray water through wetlands, and more

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Anthony Turton
Thought leader, water advisor, scientist and editor of Water Policy,
anthonyturton.com

New Paradigm of Abundance
In the 1800’s the first books on water referred to scarcity. Thomas Bain did the first reconnaissance along the Orange and found that diverting water could make a desert productive. This gave rise to the Paradigm of Scarcity in which water is viewed as a stock. Day Zero is the end of that paradigm, because there is simply no more water left to divert or mobilize with any degree of confidence in a changing world. The New Paradigm of Abundance sees water as a flux, embracing fundamental physics and chemistry. By creating policy certainty technology and capital can be attracted to create a Dual Stream Reticulation Economy as a Marshall Plan to revive our country in the post-Zuma era.

Gunter Pauli
Entrepreneur, economist, author and founder of ZERI and the Blue Economy
gunterpauli.com

How to convert a shortage of water into a source of water
Based on +20 communities that shifted from acute water shortage to excess of water

Bernelle Verster
PhD in bioprocessing engineer, self proclaimed shit-stirrer, researcher at Future Water Institute, founder of indiebio.co.za

Hacking scale: Sexy innovation, and then what?
#bigideas fail. Think it through. Hackathons, and technology pundits often aim to address challenges that are at heart a social and/or infrastucture problem (which is at the end of the day also a social/behaviour problem). This is dangerous. There are large gaps in the water field that can be addressed with cheaper/better technologies, some of which are simple to achieve. These need to be placed in context and co-created with the bigger picture from the ideation stage. 

Olivier Maes, Dennis Karpes
Olivier MAES is CEO of the Justdiggit.org. Former Managing Director for Cisco Africa
Dennis Karpes is co-founder of Justdiggit.org , alumni of WEF Young Global Leaders community, founder of AIDS prevention initiative Dance4Life.

A systemic change: restoring the water cycle
Justdiggit develops community based landscape restoration programs at scale in Africa. We develop a hydrological corridor approach that restores water, land, biodiversity and livelihood. These techniques can be applied in the Western Cape province, which can increase water resiliency in a short time.

DETAILED PROGRAM

PRIZES AND POST HACKATHON ACTIVITY

The South African Renewable Energy Business Incubator (SAREBI) will be awarding valuable Master Incubation Classes to deserving local water technology innovators. We encourage continuation of projects from ideation to prototype or implementation stage.

HACKATHON RULES

1. JOIN THE HACKATHON

Please fill out the form if you want to join the hackathon. Work will continue after the hackathon to incubate promising ideas through prototype builds at Makerstation, DIY project, global design team hackathons, potential incubation with local business incubators, as well as other funding opportunities. Be part of a new global citizen's movement that crowdsources open source solutions for everyone.

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SIGN UP TO THE OSCEDAYS WEBSITE

Sign up to the Open Source Circular Economy Days website. This is where all innovators around the world will collaborate on projects together. The hackathon forum is found by looking in the ACTIVITIES section and navigating to the WATER HACKATHON button.

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CONTRIBUTE AND PARTICIPATE

Once hackathon participants have signed up to the OSCEDays website, local innovators will communicate with their global counterparts through the website's community forum. The Cape Town event will be webcast on FB live and participants will first engage in a facilitated process, to contextual the problem before starting hacking. Full detailed instructions found in the link below

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UPLOAD FILES TO THE ENVIENTA PLATFORM

 If you have industrial CAD design, it will be stored on servers provided by ENVIENTA. It is the first, blockchain based crowdfunding platform aims to speed up the collaborative open source product development.
All knowledge is Creative Commons with commercialization. This means anyone who uses it and adds new knowledge must share that knowledge with everyone. Commercialization is also allowed by anyone.

PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

OUR FACILITATION TEAM

Ian Paterson
CEO of Winds of Change and the SMC.group

He is a leading strategist and organisational designer, specialising in strategy crafting, alignment and large-scale change interventions in the private and public sectors in Southern Africa. Ian may be contacted on ian@smc-sa.com

Deidre Samson
Marketing Ideation Manager at Distell Limited

Deidre Samson is a professional Futurist currently completing her Masters in Futures Studies at the University of Stellenbosch.

WATER CRISIS IN THE NEWS

Mobirise

Hack the Cape: crisis or opportunity? | P2P Foundation

The city of Cape Town is confronting an unprecedented water crisis. Because of a complex number of factors, including a prolonged drought, the city is facing a complete shutdown of its municipal water distribution. The city has already established a “Day Zero”, the day when all taps will cease to flow, and its inhabitants will have to walk, drive, taxi or take the train each day to one of 200 water distribution points set up around the city to pick up 25L emergency rations of water. Bottled water is flying off the shelves...

Mobirise

Cape Town water crisis: ENVIENTA is at the forefront of international co-operation

In the context of climate change, in the near future, we will face water outages at several locations around the planet, and this will require a system-wide solution. However, the founders of the Hack The Water Crisis initiative feels that instead of institutionalized solutions and capital-intensive large investments, we should put more focus on the collaboration between the Internet community and the local population, in the spirit of cosmo-localization.