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april, 2021

14apr(apr 14)3:00 pm28(apr 28)6:00 pmWorkshops: NYC-CPH Dual Urban Water Vision ChallengeWorkshops: Participate in the three workshops for the NYC-CPH Dual Urban Water Vision Challenge.

Event Details

The New York State Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), in partnership with Access Cities, have launched the Urban Water Vision Challenge for new and innovative and scalable ideas, technologies, and approaches to discover how stormwater can be successfully captured and treated to optimize benefits, reduce risks to public health and promote co-benefits.

The overall challenge question is: 

How can innovative stormwater treatment and reuse practices help urban areas address the challenges of flooding and recreational water quality exacerbation caused by shifts in rain patterns due to climate change? 

In the upcoming weeks you will have the opportunity to participate in the two workshops, where you will get to dive into the challenge, brainstorm ideas and discuss potential solutions with fellow minded peers. The aim of the co-creation workshops is for multi-sector groups to co-develop several potential feasible solution ideas to the city challenge, to be later pitched to a panel of senior city stakeholders.

REGISTER for the two workshops to learn about the challenges in more detail and what the process and key dates of activities for you to get involved in.

Key Dates 
Workshop 1 ‘Ideation, Brainstorming and Prioritization’: Wednesday 14th April 15:00-17:00 CET (09:00-11:00 EDT)
The first workshop will focus on detailed presentations from both NYC and CPH on the challenges and will allow the participants to have the first focused Q&As. The participating companies will then get 2-3 minutes to pitch their company/technology to the other participants. Following this, the companies will be encouraged to match-up and invited onto the online digital platform space. Here, the companies will work in groups and brainstorm initial solution ideas in breakout rooms. The goal isn’t a perfect idea, it’s lots of ideas, collaboration, and openness to wild solutions. The only way to get to good ideas is to have lots to choose from.

Workshop 2 ‘Developing one idea for the pitch session’: Wednesday 28th April 15:00-18:00 (09:00-11:00 EST).
In the second workshop, the companies will dive into how to present their pitch. A pitch is a great way to communicate an idea, how it works, why it counts, and who it benefits. And in the process of making it, participants will clarify the key elements of their idea and refine how they talk about them. A pitch is a primary way that they will present their idea, and they will be using it to convince different types of people—from other companies to potential city officials to rally to their cause.

Pitching Session: May (exact date TBC).
The participating companies will be able to present the co-creation solutions in front of a panel of judges including the city representatives. More to come on the date and time – as well as the venue setup for the final pitching session.

Deadline for applying to take part in the workshops is 9th April 2021. Register for the workshops HERE. 

Read more about the NYC-CPH Dual Urban Water Vision Challenge HERE, or watch the kick-off webinar for the NYC-CPH Urban Water Vision challenge HERE. 

For further questions, please feel free to contact Natalie Nolte at nnol@di.dk. 


14 (Wednesday) 3:00 pm - 28 (Wednesday) 6:00 pm