Second edition of water innovation challenges launched to address global water woes

Water innovation challenges: The water innovation challenges aim to identify innovative and next-gen solutions to solve proposed challenges in collaboration with corporate and public partners. 

Second edition of water innovation challenges
Second edition of water innovation challenges

NITI Aayog, Atal Innovation Mission and Denmark Royal Embassy in India have together launched the second edition of water innovation challenges on December 13, 2021 to address the global water woes as a part of the Indo-Danish Bilateral Green Strategic partnership. The AIM-ICDK water challenge is being rolled out under the aegis of the Denmark Embassy in India and the Denmark Technical University (DTU).

Vice chairman NITI Aayog Dr. Rajiv Kumar said while addressing the virtual event that the collaboration will provide solutions to improve sustainable water supply in India and at the global level. He asserted that this will aid in catalysing global cross-sectorial learning environments, innovation and impact on SDGs. 

"We need innovation to augment supply, conserve water & rationalize our water consumption as a regional disparity of water availability is one of the biggest problems in our country,” he added.

Royal Danish Embassy Ambassador to India, H.E Freddy Svane said, “On the ground, the climate crisis is first and foremost a water crisis, especially in rural communities. I hope to see concrete and scalable water tech solutions coming from our 2022 AIM-ICDK Water Challenge.”

Water Innovation Challenges- AIM-ICDK water challenge


The water innovation challenges aim to identify innovative and next-gen solutions to solve proposed challenges in collaboration with corporate and public partners. The initiative will engage young talents from leading universities across the nation and support them in building their skills and apply their technical disciplines and innovation capacity.

The challenge winners will get the opportunity to represent India at the International Water Congress 2022. The Denmark Embassy in India and Denmark Technical University (DTU) will also be preparing the Indian participants for the Global Next Generation Water Action (NGWA) program, which will be hosted by DTU.

How to apply for the water innovation challenge?

Those interested in applying for the water innovation challenge can apply online on AIM & NITI Aayog’s official website. The applications are live now.


-The participants will receive awards in different categories.

-They will also be able to network with innovators across the globe.

-Opportunity to represent India at the International Water Congress 2022

Mission Director Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog Dr. Chintan Vaishnav said while launching the challenge said “The collaboration between AIM & ICDK is in line with our efforts to bring together stakeholders with an aligned vision of addressing & mitigating the water-related issues faced by our country & the world.”

He added saying that the India-Denmark partnership holds great potential for impactful innovations across other sectors as well most importantly health sector.


The water sector is at the top in terms of the need for innovations, especially in the current scenario when several developing countries including India face a water crisis when it comes to the availability and quality of water. 


Ten innovation teams were identified last year for the water innovation challenge and they were provided support to develop their products through partners. The teams had worked along with their peers from 5 countries and had participated in the finals held in May 2021. Out of the ten teams, five won six awards at the global finals.

Indo-Danish Bilateral Green Strategic partnership

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Denmark PM Mette Frederiksen had co-chaired a virtual summit on September 28, 2020 during which both the PMs had agreed to elevate the Indo-Danish relations to a Green Strategic Partnership. The Green Strategic partnership will build on the existing agreement establishing a Joint Commission for Cooperation between India and Denmark.

The partnership aims to advance political cooperation and expand economic relations between the two countries including green growth, create jobs and strengthen cooperation on addressing global challenges and opportunities. The partnership will focus on implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Source: PIB

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