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Frontiers of Research in Caribbean Science and Technology (FORECAST) Academic Conference

Theme: Water

Develop a feasible solution (prototype/product/concept) that will revolutionise the management and use of water resources in the Caribbean region.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 6, 11, and 14 all speak to the importance of WATER in daily lives. It is recognized that water is a finite resource, and while it is required to maintain life, it can also cause widespread destruction and loss of life. Therefore, the management of water resources on both land and sea is of vital importance to the sustainable development of towns, cities, and entire economies. This is particularly the case for the Caribbean region, and there is a need for innovation in the application of technology to achieve this goal.The FORECAST Grand Innovation Challenge 2020 is to develop a feasible solution (prototype/product/concept) that will revolutionize the management and use of water resources in the Caribbean region. Water is LIFE and indeed the key to our survival.
Up to $5,000 USD in cash and prizes will be awarded. There will be special awards for Best Overall Innovation, Best Innovation (High School), and others. 

The Winning Solution

The winning solution should:
  • Identify a water related problem in the region and demonstrate how your innovation seeks to solve it
  • Be Scalable
  • Be Cost-effective
  • Benefit a wide cross section of societies in the Caribbean region
  • Show significant improvements over existing technologies employed to perform similar roles (if any exist) 

Entry Guidelines

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  1. To be eligible for the competition, all ideas must be novel, and must not have been submitted elsewhere. In addition, submission to another competition/challenge subsequent to this submission will render it ineligible for consideration. Only online submissions will be accepted.
  2. The Intent to Participate (ITP) forms should be completed and submitted by March 30, 2020. These forms may be downloaded from the conference website.
  3. The Grand Innovation Challenge is open to high school students (16 years and older), undergraduate and graduate students. 
  4. Students from any registered high school or university in the region are eligible to enter.
  5. Students can work in teams comprised of 2-5 individuals. 
  6. Each team should identify a mentor. A mentor can be a science teacher, lecturer, or a general advisor who is knowledgeable about the innovation topic.  Mentors cannot be active team participants. Teams without a mentor can make a request to have one assigned. 
  7. Semi-finalists will be required to present their innovation at The UWI Mona on April 18, 2020. Semi-finalists that cannot be physically present at The UWI will be able to present virtually via video conferencing. Please note that a criteria for selection for the finals, is the availability of the team to present in person at the final pitch during the FORECAST 2020 Conference. 
  8. Four finalists will be invited to pitch their prototypes/concepts/products to a panel of academic and industry experts at the  FORECAST 2020 on June 12th, 2020 during the Grand Innovation Challenge Session. 
  9. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the session.
  10. The entry fee is $1,000 JMD per team.

How to register for the challenge*

*Only online submissions will be accepted

Online: Payments made through Spur Open using a credit card or PayPal
By Cheque: Please make cheques payable to
“The Faculty of Science and Technology, UWI”
By Bank Transfer:
Use the account information below:

Bank Name: 
National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited
Address: 
The University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7
Account Number:
402610115
Account Title:
UWI Special Projects
Account Type: Current
Account Currency: J$
Routing Transit #: JNCBJMKXAXXX

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