Innovating Water Documentary: filmed in Kenya, April 2014

These are interviews with children, their teachers, and family members. They are all great people who study and work hard for a better tomorrow. 

Photos of our field trip in Kenya, April 2014

TEDxTaipei 2014: Myself as the Design Director of Innovating Water, was honored to give a talk at TEDxTaipei in October 2014, to share our stories and inspirations. Now the video goes online.

Special Thanks: We as a team sincerely appreciate everyone's support and help for Innovating Water.

 

Team members:

Irene Yen-Hsuan Shih | Service Design, Royal College of Art
Yuen Hsieh | Visual Artist & Film Maker (Vimeo)
Vivian Yuan Xiao | Media Planner

Dr. Michael Marks | Medical Specialist    
Fredah Ajowi | Senior Project Officer, OGRA Foundation, Kenya

John-Paul Marks | EMBA, Imperial College of London
Damien Grundy | EMBA, Imperial College of London
Stuart Carroll | EMBA, Imperial College of London
Kay Nagendra | EMBA, Imperial College of London
Alice Rawcliffe | EMBA, Imperial College of London  
Sebastian Nause-Bluemi| Service Design, Royal College of Art

Innovating Water

A sustainable community-based UV-solar water treatment system with educational programmes in schools and health facilities in Kenya

Live website: innovatingwater.com

My Responsibilities: Art Direction, Service Design, Industrial & System Design, Web Design & Development, Concept Development, User-Centered Research, Exhibition Design (2012 - Now)

Collaboration: Imperial College London

Winner of Imperial College Business Plan Competition 2013

Press: TEDxTaipei 2014, BBC(1st, 2nd, 3rd), Imperial News

Exhibition: ShowRCA 2014

 

The Challenge:

“How might we enable the people of Kenya to access clean, affordable, drinkable water considering the significant impacts on the health and wellbeing of the community?”

The Insight:

What is the problem with water in Kenya? The lack of water? But actually, it does rain quite a bit with regular rainfall throughout the year. The real problem is the rainwater is not captured or its stored in dirty tanks and therefore not drinkable. Moreover, too many people are not aware of health issues regarding water, and the level of infection from waterborne viruses remains high. 

With our solid research and field prototypes, Innovating Water sets out to change this. 

Solution:

Innovating Water is a sustainable community-based UV-solar water treatment system in schools and health facilities in Kenya.

Water is key for the health of children and their communities. Innovating Water is a sustainable community-based UV-solar water treatment system in schools and health facilities in Kenya. The schoolchildren are given safe clean drinking water treated by UV system everyday; Also, they are taught the merit of clean water, and the basic engineering education about the UV system and renewable energy like solar power.

Currently, there are 3 running Innovating Water systems in Kenya, and the solar power can be used to pump underground water, store vaccines, and even generate income for the community. Innovating water is developed and delivered through the co-creation of Kenyan charities, engineers, doctors and schoolchildren’s teachers. We source all the equipment from local business firms and test the safety of water with Kenyan public health unit. We produce the educational materials like brochures with schoolchildren’s mothers, the great Kenyan women who look after their family.

Innovating Water is not just about engaging and empowering local family and communities, but also giving opportunity of income generating initiatives. It’s not only to design a solution for global water crisis, but also to design future solution makers like engineers.

Little children with a big impact.

This is the education framework that helps local teachers to deliver and maintain the programmes. 

This is the education framework that helps local teachers to deliver and maintain the programmes. 

This recipe is an implementation plan that helps organisations to easily install, manage and maintain the Innovating Water system and its educational programmes.

This recipe is an implementation plan that helps organisations to easily install, manage and maintain the Innovating Water system and its educational programmes.

Innovating Water: Business Plan 2013

Droplet: The story behind Innovating Water (2013)