GEAR Cycle 1


For its first GEAR cycle, Crowd4SDG called for projects with focus on Climate Action (SDG 13), Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11) and Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6).

During the Gather phase of the first GEAR Cycle, participants between the ages of 16 and 26 submitted projects that tackled water-related issues such as droughts, access to clean water and flooding for the #Open17Water Challenge. Here are the initial pitches we received for the call.


Out of the #O17Challenge 18 groups were selected to join the Evaluate phase. Below a list of the projects that participated on the Evaluate phase of the GEAR Cycle:

Team NameProject DescriptionPage Summary
Team AquaticsMitigating floods by use of Water Sinks and the process of Electrolysis.Y
Team Collaborative Water MonitoringMonitoring faecal contamination through remote sensing and crowdsourcing data collectionY
Team Daily WaterValue Water , Save WaterY
Team EcolutionAdressing water resilience issues by a world wide campaign through social media.Y
Team FEWSContributing to Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWSs) through crowdsourcing And Machine learning to mitigate Disaster and promoting SGDsY
Team FilsteinerFILSTEINERY
Team Flood FinderFlood alert systerm using Machine Learning and hardware sensorsY
Team Flood MapsUsing Machine-learning to Crowdsource Data for Enhanced Flood MappingN/A
Team Garuda Savior / Ina FloodCrowdsourcing-based Flood Loss Estimation for Achieving Urban ResilienceY
Team MNLImplementing Drainage Net and Filters in Communities of Metro ManilaY
Team PotamoiPotamoi - Flood Forecasting & Flood Warning APIY
Team Rainwater CollectionSmart Techniques for Collecting RainwaterY
Team Rainwater HarvestingRevival of Rainwater Harvesting through Community EngagementY
Team Safe Water for HomelessSafe Water for Homeless: Providing Reusable Bottles with Built-in FiltersY
Team Thousand WatersEco-friendly Rainwater Harvesting System for low-income families: Improving Sustainability through Circular EconomyY
Team To See To CareTeam To See To CareY
Team Warbon FootprintConnect water with carbon footprintY
Team WotterProvision of access to clean drinking water to rural communitiesY

Accelerate Phase

Out of Evaluate, five projects were selected to be Accelerated. These five teams participated in the Challenge Based Innovation Workshop organized by the IdeaSquare at CERN team. Below are one-pagers about their projects:


Ecolution is a project aiming to develop a  monitoring service of the quality of water supply services in Cote d’Ivoire using feedback from consumers on Facebook.


Potamoi wants to optimize the process of cleaning hydrological data to allow the improvement of flood forecasts and to reduce the number of deaths from floods and damaged properties. 

Thousand Waters

The Thousand Waters project aims to secure drinking water for vulnerable communities or people invisibilized by public policies through a simple, creative, and effective solution.

To See To Care

The project aims at raising awareness of climate change and encouraging more climate actions. In the initial stage, it is targeting those already aware of climate issues with the ultimate objective of influencing the general public.

Well Yes!

The objective of Well Yes! is to further the principles of United Nations’ SDG 6, by setting up a model for monitoring groundwater quality, to empower users, allow for potential policy change and better water infrastructure.

Refine Phase

Two teams, To See To Care and Well Yes!, had the chance to present their work at the Geneva Trialogue, a one-day event gathering academic, private sector and multilateral stakeholders to discuss knowledge and learning tools, platforms and initiatives for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).