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Victoria: RMIT, ‘Zeer Pot Project’

New South Wales: Charles Sturt University, ‘Creating a Composting Solution’

Queensland: University of Queensland, ‘Yellow-water Reuse Proposal’

Western Australia/Northern Territory: University of Western Australia, ‘A Solution to Plastic Bottle Waste and Pit Latrine Collapse’

South Australia: University of Adelaide, ‘Composting Program to Manage Organic Waste’

New Zealand: University of Canterbury, ‘Efficient Preservation of Food’

Top Runner Up (Wildcard): University of Sydney, ‘Lifasi Learning’

These students will be joined by the top teams from semester at the EWB Challenge Showcase to be held in Melbourne in December.


The EWB Challenge is a humanitarian design program embedded in the curriculum of over , first year university students at universities throughout Australia and New Zealand. Through the EWB Challenge, EWB Australia’s community partner organisations are presented with crowd sourced ideas to address community-identified projects. These ideas are developed by students who have engaged with human centred design and sustainable community development concepts through a real-world context.

For the program, the EWB Challenge has partnered with UNHCR Zambia and the community of the Mayukwayukwa Refugee Settlement in the Western Province of Zambia.  The student design ideas produced will be handed back to UNHCR Zambia to support their work.

EWB would like to thank the industry professionals from our corporate partner organisations who volunteered their time and expertise providing feedback on student reports. Employees from BHP Billiton, Arup, Orica, Origin and Woodside along with the Jacobs Young Professionals Network all contributed to the EWB Challenge Program in semester .

Read about the EWB Challenge program.