In VWO 5 I started together with Evelien van Zwol and Lianne Siemensma a project to be a participant at the “knappe waterhoofden” contest. This is a contest where you have to come up with a new innovative idea about water. Every group got support from a company; Plan Nederland helped us to give us some inspiration. We decided that we wanted to do something about the water pollution and to disinfect water. After some months our idea was to clean water directly at a ground water pump by use of ozone to disinfect water but even more important also the jerry cans. report 2010
With his idea we won the Dutch finals and went to Stockholm for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. 30 countries were participating in this contest. We had to present our idea to an international jury. Had several interviews with the Chinese tv, radio NL and many conversations with people interested in our idea.
Finally Canada won with a great idea to decrease the pollution of polystyrene in sea water by use of self-developed bacteria. But the jury came to us after the announcement and told us that they saw a great opportunity in our idea and asked us if we wanted to continue with the project. Off course we accepted and we worked together with the team from Ghana to implement our idea in Ghana. We went to Ghana to do some research and measurements but sadly after one month the boys from Ghana moved to another location. After one year it became clear that we weren't able to develop so quick a working prototype so the combination of Ghana and the Netherlands came to an end. See our blog for more information. tumblr
In august we went to Stockholm again to present the results we had and a rough prototype I made together with my neighbor.
In Stockholm we had some conversations with our sponsors and they said they wanted to continue with the project, great news and that means that we are still working at this project.
A few years ago I made a business plan about an idea I had. The idea was a centralized multi-media device what would act as a server for your home, a multimedia hub. In combination with subscriptions like; spotify, zune pass and itunes. This would be a total integrated device in every aspect you could think of. document
The reaction of the two banks I went to was that they thought it was a great idea but I wasn’t creditworthy, not even close. And also the business plan was lacking any financial details furthermore I had no real research to prove that the market was going to shift to subscriptions for movies and music. I now see this as an interesting learning assignment. I invested a lot of time to read how to make a business plan, what I need to start an own company. And to describe the idea at my best. Making 3d models to make clear to my parents and friends what I meant. Conclusion, interesting idea with some good thinking and nowadays there is proof that the market was indeed shifting to subscriptions and centralized systems in the “cloud”.