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EWB Challenge Finalists Showcase Judge Polycarp Chungong, from the Cameroon Development Cooperation, said that everyone who participated in this years Challenge program were winners, before presenting the awards on behalf of the Judges Panel.

The awards included the:

EWB Challenge Champion Team to the University of Technology Sydney team (New South Wales) for “Closing the Sanitation Gap:  A Sustainable Solution for Bambui”.

BHP Billiton Award for Best Sustainable Design and Community Engagement to the team from Flinders University (South Australia) for “Wonder Waste”.

A popular vote of the participants at the "Making an Impact" Summit held in Melbourne on December awarded the People&#;s Choice to the team from Massey University (New Zealand) for their “Organic Ash Soap” project.

EWB Australia also congratulates the finalist teams on their excellent work in this years EWB Challenge.


The EWB Challenge is a design program for first-year university students to learn about design, teamwork and communication through participation in inspiring, sustainable, cross-cultural, real-world development projects.

The EWB Challenge partnered with Reignite Action for Development working in Bambui Community in the Tubah sub-division in Cameroon, West Africa.This year saw , students from universities in Australia and New Zealand engaging in the EWB Challenge – EWB Australia, industry professional project reviewers and our expert judges commended the high standard demonstrated and the efforts of all the participants. Reginite Action for Development and Bambui community will receive copies of all the student design ideas submitted to EWB Australia.Finalist Showcase judges Teresa de Sousa of Reignite Action for Development and Polycarp Chungong of the Cameroon Development Corporation were particularly impressed with the students&#; work and the possibilities for further development of the ideas within the Bambui community and asked us to share their thanks and appreciation.

The winning teams selected in the Regional Showcases held on December are also highly commended.

Australian Capital Territory – University of Canberra – “Bambui Meterological Centre”.New South Wales – University of Technology Sydney – “Closing the Sanitation Gap:  A Sustainable Solution for Bambui”.Queensland – University of the Sunshine Coast – “’The External Crop Dryer&#;:  The Improved Way of Drying Out Crops”.South Australia – Flinders University – “Wonder Waste”.Victoria – Federation University – “Improved Cooking and Food Preservation in Bambui”.Western Australia & the Northern Territory – Murdoch University – “Methane Commodity”.New Zealand – Massey University – “Organic Ash Soap”.