Student Maker Challenge

Do you want to work with a team on solving global water challenges? Do you have a creative engineering mind? Do you want to engage with TU Delft staff and get the chance to present your work at an exciting conference? Join our student maker challenge and design a solution for a challenge brought in by a TU Delft staff member. 


  1. Dr. ir. Doris van Halem – Turn iron sludge into paint for the textile industry.
  2. Dr. ir. Rolf Hut – Design a sensor to measure (rain)water from rooftops.
  3. Prof. dr. ir. Ruud van Ommen – How to clean water for drinking using sunlight (photocatalysis).
  4. Prof. dr. ir. Nick van de Giesen – How to turn a hand well into a groundwater observation well.
  5. Ir. Erik Kraaijeveld – Design a converter to allow solar energy to be used for electrochemical treament to clean drinking water.

Download the five challenge pitches here.

How to Apply

  1. Form your own team (minimum of 2 students per team, no maximum) and think about which three challenges you would most like to solve. We encourage interdisciplinary teams.
  2. Indicate your interest to participate in the challenge by sending an email to Indicate in the subject “Register for Student Maker Challenge” and share your top 3 challenges in the email. Also include the names and study programmes of your team members.Deadline: 21 November.


  1. On 22 November you will receive an email indicating which challenge you may provide a solution for.*
  2. For this challenge, write a one-pager with you first ideas/designs/solutions. Include a small budget overview of materials/things you think you will need (max. €500). Send this one-pager to Deadline: 5 December.
  3. The challenge staff will select the best ideas half December. These teams will be informed and allowed to compete in the challenge.

* Please note that we cannot guarantee your top choice. Depending on the number of applications and challenge preferences, a distribution of the challenges will be made.

Further Process

  1. If your solution is selected, you will receive some budget (max. €500) so you can make your design real.
  2. Between December – March you will work on your solution with your team (in your own time).
  3. During this time you will keep in touch with your challenge owner.

Present your solution on 15 March at a water conference in the TU Delft Aula.