Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2016

This year, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) for the twentieth year running. The organisers expect ideas from thousands of creative inventors between the ages of 15 and 20 about the topics of water and sustainability. Finalists will spend five days in Stockholm, where they will match their knowledge and ideas in a competition at the World Water Week between 28 August and 2 September.

Contestants will be assessed by an international panel of scientists and they will select the winner of the competition, who will receive a 15,000 dollar award. Last year’s winner, Perry Alagappan from the United States, invented a filter that can remove poisonous heavy metals and electronic waste from water.

Hungary is a strong competitor in the international field. According to the Hungarian organiser, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) Hungary Foundation, young people are better prepared each year, and they submit promising entries that may provide solutions to the water-related problems of the future.

The result of this year’s Hungarian qualifier for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize shows that Hungary will be represented at the international finals held at the World Water Week in late August by Dávid Kovács and István Ákos Szűcs. The two young people are students at the Elek Kada Secondary School of Economics at the Kecskemét Vocational Education Centre; the winning entry they submitted is entitled “What can we gain by using greywater?”. The paper is about how using rainwater can result in significant savings, particularly for public institutions. A video about the water saving campaign they ran at their school can be viewed here.

President János Áder was the chief sponsor of the SJWP Hungary 2016 Prize, and the award was presented by István Joó, the ministerial commissioner responsible for the preparations for the Budapest Water Summit and the implementation of the Danube Region Strategy. The winners will also play a role at the 2016 Budapest Water Summit.

Péter Gusztáv Filipcsuk and Andrea Petra Jónás, both students of the György Besennyei Secondary School at Kisvárda, came second with their paper entitled “Environmentally efficient reuse of greywater and deposit forms”. The third prize went to a paper by Bence Zsolt Rappay and Péter Varga from the Béla I Secondary School at Szekszárd, entitled “Living water – solutions for protecting surface waters in the Szedres Ős-Sárvíz”.

The competition for secondary-school students is organised each year by the GWP Hungary Foundation.