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Public Urinals for Emergency Situations Design Contest

As part of the Emergency Sanitation Project, WASTE in close cooperation with the Netherlands Red Cross is hosting the Public Urinals for Emergency Situations Design Contest.

The Emergency Sanitation Project aims to source new designs for the safe and convenient disposal of human urine. It is hoped that the contest will provide the humanitarian sector with new ideas and ways of working in order to tackle a critical problem.

Twelve (12) projects will be selected and one overall top finalist will receive a field visit of a week including travel and lodging to the country where the produced design will be field-tested or €1000 cash.

The organizers are looking for:

  • A versatile kit for a urinal, consisting of a urinal and urine management system (container for collecting the urine, which allows emptying and treatment elsewhere or a soakpit).
  • A solution that could be a block of urinals, an individual urinal or, ideally, be configurable to both situations.
  • Size and shape: urinal that is suitable for:
    • Children
    • Adult men
    • Adult women
    • Less abled
  • On arrival in a disaster-hit country, it is unlikely that there are forklift trucks, so the solution should be able to be manhandled.
  • A solution that is suitable for airfreight, so packing as small and light as possible are key. Ideally, the solution will fit on a EUR-pallet. As a guide, airfreight can cost € 1-8 per kilogram or € 0.3-1.5 per litre.
  • A solution that could be quick and easy to assemble, requiring little or no skill.
  • A solution that could be a complete kit, not requiring any materials to be sourced in country.

Any entrant may submit more than one entry but is only eligible for one award.