Global water technology company, Xylem is expanding its investment in youth innovation to empower the next generation to solve the world’s greatest water challenges.
The diverse program, including over 60 events in 2021, builds on Xylem’s 25 year sponsorship of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize with innovation competitions, in addition to community outreach initiatives and a global innovation incubator program, reported the Xylem press release.
The winner of the 2021 Stockholm Junior Water Prize will be announced at a ceremony on Aug. 24, during World Water Week. The annual competition brings together students from 40 countries, and has enabled an estimated 125,000 youth innovators to bring forward solutions to urgent water challenges since the competition began in 1996.
“With water challenges intensifying by the day, we are investing in the next generation of water innovators,” said Patrick Decker, Xylem’s chief executive officer in the press release. “Young people have a leading role to play in putting water issues on the agenda – and solving them. They inspire us, and the world will gain from their passion and creativity."
“Stockholm Junior Water Prize celebrates young people’s determination to be part of a better future,” said Torgny Holmgren, executive director at Stockholm International Water Institute in the press release. “The passion and ingenuity that all participants show is truly inspiring and an important contribution to the global water world. At SIWI, we are proud to host the Prize and organize this event in close partnership with Xylem.”
SJWP is one of 60 youth-oriented events Xylem invests in, around the world, under the banner of Xylem Ignite, and is dedicated student development program targeting students worldwide.
Since the program’s inception last year, Xylem Ignite has already engaged more than 6,600 students in creative water-oriented hackathons and sustainability events, including more than 650 participants from 47 countries competing in the Xylem Global Student Innovation Challenge. The challenges included: reducing the water footprint of everyday products; gamifying water quality education; predicting urban floods; and designing a water system for life on Mars.
Participants can also apply to be a part of the Xylem Ignite Innovation Incubator. The Incubator program provides up to 12 months’ support for participants to scale up their innovations and advance them toward market readiness, according to the press release.
Through Xylem’s partnership with City Football Group and its global foundation program, Cityzens Giving, the Company is empowering youth to use the power of football to provide vital water education to millions of fans around the world. Moreover, through Xylem’s corporate citizenship program, Xylem Watermark, the Company is building awareness of water challenges through youth-led community outreach initiatives that promote water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices.
Register here to view the 2021 Stockholm Junior Water Prize award ceremony on Aug. 24 at 14:00 CET.