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We were incredibly inspired by the creativity and professionalism of all the presentations, and recognize the hard work put in by everyone who participated put into it. It was great to meet so many enthusiastic students, academics and practitioners, and share stellar design projects and research inspiring and creating positive social change.

A special panel of judges comprising of Live & Learn Vanuatu, Anthony Podesta of the Podesta Foundation, and EWB staff assessed each of the project designs on an array of important criteria including technical feasibility, appropriateness, and community impact. A very high standard was expected, and was delivered by all participants.


Our congratulations go to the overall winners of the Making an Impact Awards !


  1. Live and Learn Vanuatu Award – University of the Sunshine Coast (Qld) – Water Filtration Polytank

  2. EWB Challenge Showcase Award – University of Sydney (NSW) – Cosmic Ice

  3. Podesta Innovation and Enterprise Award – University of Canterbury, NZ – Copra Production

  4. People&#;s Choice Award (co-recipients) – Central Queensland University (Qld) – Electricity Generation & Supply; University of Sydney (NSW) – Cosmic Ice


  • Inspiration Award – Pierre Le Clech, University of New South Wales

  • Innovation Award- Koray Kilic, University of Sydney

  • PINK Pitch Award – Sam Kellahan, University of New South Wales