Youth4Water Datathon

Join the Youth 4 Water Datathon on Citizen Science & Open Data for Water SDG monitoring:

Register Here

And get the possibility to implement your water-related monitoring ideas!


In 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals have been set, and governments all over the world have committed themselves to achieve these 17 goals. SDG6 and many other targets, relate to water issues. Recent studies from the World Water Development Report have pointed out that:

“Effective water resources management needs more and better data.”

“increased utilization of the latest Earth observa¬tions, citizen science and private sector data should be incorporated into data-monitoring systems at all levels to complement existing data-collection efforts.”

During this Datathon we kick-start the discussion and actions related to the use of open data sources and citizen science methods to monitor the water related SDGs. What needs to be monitored to reach the water SDGs and solve the problems in your neighbourhood, town or community?


We invite students & young professionals from all around the globe, living in the Netherlands, between 18 and 30 years old to join!

You can join as a group, but you can also register on your own and form a group at the beginning of the day. We encourage you to create multi-disciplinary groups.

This means that this Datathon isn’t just for people that are data specialists. We are hoping to find a very diverse community, which has proven to result in more innovative and better solutions and ideas. So feel welcome, the only must is that you are interested in the topic, and enthusiastic to work on it with us during the Datathon!


Join the Youth4Water Datathon on the 24th of November, at Lijm & Cultuur in Delft. Don’t forget to register!

Present the monitoring method that you have developed with your group to a jury at the end of the day. Does the jury believe you have a feasible and useful idea? Then the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management would like to enable you in 2019 to start implementing your idea.

When & Where?

The Datathon will be held at the 24th of November, from 9AM to 9PM at Lijm & Cultuur, in Chemie, which is an old industry building that will serve well to inspire us all. Find specifications for the address here.

Inspirational sessions on

Professor Pieter van der Zaag will tease your minds on how to go around monitoring of water related Sustainable Development Goals in an innovative way.

In the Sensemakers Lab Session by Ted van der Togt and co., you will be led into the world of creative, advanced and human-centered Internet-of-Things, sensor(networks), electronics/hardware with Arduine, RaspberryPi, Microbit, etc.

In the inspirational session by Li An Phoa, she will tell you everything about setting up her Drinkable Rivers initiative, a citizen science initiative to – in the end – create rivers that can be drunk again.


  • Maria Schade – Global Water SDG Monitoring Specialist from UN-Water
  • Khalissa Ikhlef – UNESCO citizen science and Sandwatch focal point, and member of the Global Citizen Science Partnership and their working group how Citizen Science can contribute to SDG6 monitoring (Via Video Conference, tbc)
  • Jan Busstra – Governmental Chair of the Netherland IHP-HWRP Committee and head of the International Water and Marine Division of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management


  • More information about what will happen during the day

Previous Youth Challenge

Curious what type of results can come from such events? Just look into the results of last years Youth Challenge that we organized!

Get informed, ask the expert! They will join us part of the day
Mohammad Gharesifard: expert on the dynamics and outcomes of citizen observatories
PhD fellow IHE Delft  
Rutger Willem Hofste: expert on large open dataset use Research analyst at WRI
Marit Bogert: expert on citizen science project development Content developer at Science Centre Delft for a.o. for citizen science platform WaterLab
Erik Meerburg:  so-called ‘Geogoeroe’ and initiator of the Geo Academie
Erma Uytewaal: expert on SDG6 Accountability Mechanisms and working at IRC Wash and Uytewaal Consultancies