Winnovators – our exciting employee programme
15 Australian Teams competing in the Winnovators Global Challenge 2018!
We are really excited to announce that an unprecedented number of 15 teams from 10 Australian corporations will be competing with teams from the US, UK and other countries in the Winnovators 2018 aimed at solving water, sanitation and hygiene challenges in India!
Over a 9 month challenge (April-December) teams will use their community engagement, marketing, technical and leadership skills to transform futures through clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
Below the registered teams for the 2018 edition:
- ARUP – 2 teams
- Bureau of Meteorology – 1 team
- City West Water – 1 team
- GHD – 3 teams
- North East Water – 1 team
- Queensland Urban Utilities – 1 team
- Seqwater – 1 team
- Steel Mains Pty Ltd – 1 team
- Sydney Water – 3 teams
- Yarra Valley Water – 1 team
In the two videos below, Rosie Wheen (Chief Executive of WaterAid Australia), Jonathan McKeown (CEO of the Australian Water Association) and Adam Lovell (CEO of the Water Services Association of Australia) thank all the participants for signing up to the Challenge, explain how Winnovators works and encourage companies to gear up for the next edition in 2019!
What's in it for you?
For managers, Winnovators is an innovative form of staff skills development, making it a great way for you to enhance your employee offer.
For businesses, Winnovators is a unique corporate and social responsibility programme, enhancing business profile while contributing ideas and funds to tackle the global water, sanitation and hygiene crisis.
For team members, it’s a fun learning experience that helps develop creative and critical thinking and deepen your relationship with your team – all while raising your profile in your company.
- 92% would recommend Winnovators to others
- 96% developed skills that can be applied in the workplace
- 92% achieved personal learning objectives
How does it work?
Your team of six to eight people will tackle a real water, sanitation or hygiene challenge from a country where we work. To win the chance of visiting that country, you’ll compete with teams around the world to find innovative solutions to the problem.
You will learn new ways to engage internal and external stakeholders while raising valuable funds for WaterAid.
Winnovators is a great opportunity to develop your skills and rise to a new challenge. To take full advantage of it, you’ll need to commit to around two days a month over the duration of the programme, which lasts from March to September each year.
We give you everything you need to solve the challenge, fundraise and learn. Our Winnovators team will support you every step of the way.
See what it's all about
Get your team on board
Frequently Asked Questions
Fill out this registration form.
You will then be emailed links to further forms for your team and project sponsor.
The deadline for applications is 23 February.
The challenges are not only about the technology or engineering, but reflect the complex nature of our work. This includes areas such as business models, taking ideas to scale and hygiene promotion.
The real world challenges from India this year are:
- Water – channel your business skills and propose a model to scale up women’s groups to turn a profit and offer a range of services including water quality testing
- Sanitation – channel your engineering and community engagement skills and provide a solution to the mechanics of twin pit latrines and a community engagement plan for sanitation
- Hygiene – channel your communication and application development skills and create hygiene promotion materials to use in schools that inspire children to spread the word about effective hygiene in their community
In Australia, companies need to be members of WaterAid to participate.
For this programme, we ask that your company underwrites the seed fund provided by WaterAid, in case your team fails to deliver a minimum profit.
We also ask that your company gives your Winnovators team time and support, so they can really excel and you can maximise the value for your company.
For the 2018 programme, one lucky team will be crowned Global Overall Winner and get to visit our work in India (terms and conditions apply).
In October, each year.
This year, the challenge country is India.
Ideas and solutions are shared with – and judged by – the feature country for them to put into practice.
The funding aspect means that in 2016, the Winnovators teams raised over $244,000 for our work.
The overall winner of the 2017 Winnovators, Scottish Water, will go to Nicaragua and test out the solutions generated by their Winnovators team & report back on their progress.