Concrete solutions of #cocreateMYCITY Durban

Nieuws - 07 december 2017

Plastic bags to grow vegetables above the ground and provide public secondary schools in townships with fresh vegetables. Using UV light, which is the weakness of tuberculosis, to stop the spread of this disease in overcrowded waiting rooms of Durban hospitals. These are two of the concrete solutions that 20 Dutch and 20 South African students presented at the final day of #cocreateMYCITY Durban student challenge. From 13 to 23 November students from TU Delft and Erasmus university teamed up with students from Durban University of Technology and University of Kwazulu Natal to tackle urban challenges in the city of Durban.

In collaboration with the city of Durban the aim was to find tangible, innovative solutions to urban challenges in the city in the sectors of Water, Transport & Logistics, Energy, Agriculture and Healthcare. In multidisciplinary teams the students worked together on challenges identified by the city of Durban and, under the guidance of a select group of experts and mentors, came up with concrete solutions to these challenges. On 23 November they presented these solutions to local business, start-ups and government. Jennifer Kockx, program manager of TU Delft | Global Initiative and partner in the challenge: “It was inspiring to see and hear how business, start-ups and government responded to the solutions presented: they were very positive and want to start piloting. Team Agriculture is now talking to Unilever and local entrepreneur Umgibe to start a pilot project  at 10 schools located in a township in eThekwini area.”

#cocreateMYCITY Durban is initiated by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to cocreate sustainable, smart solutions to urban challenges in the city of Durban. Together with TU Delft | Global Initiative they strive to connect Dutch and South African students and establish cooperation in order to find tangible solutions to urban challenges in the city of Durban.