Cape Town Harbour (Desalination)
Cape Flats (Ground Water)
Atlantis (Ground Water)
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."
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"
"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."
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.
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.
Our engagement will be captured and may serve as a resource to other water-challenged cities and communities around the world.
Talks from keynote speakers, panels of experts to address Day Zero community concerns and scientists, and water activists
Technologies and DIY projects, Watermarc gamifying water savings, The Day Zero 25Litre Challenge, and more
Composting toilets, urine fermentation, waterwise gardening, keeping water moving flowform, cycling gray water through wetlands, and more
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.
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
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.
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...
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.