Swachh-o-vation Call for Entries!

Date: 21st August 2018

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Swachh-o-vation Call for Entries!

The Swachh-o-vation Competition now welcomes submissions on sanitation and hygiene innovations and technologies from within India by SEPTEMBER 9. Submit your entry today and compete for the chance to participate in the forthcoming Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention, to be held 28 September – 2 October 2018 in Delhi!

The Government of India launched the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) on 2nd October 2014, with an aim to build a Clean and Open-Defecation Free (ODF) India by 2nd October 2019, as a befitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. At the time of the launch, the honourable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, gave a clarion call for a ‘jan andolan’ or mass movement that seeks to engage everyone in the task of cleaning their own homes, work places, villages, cities and surroundings. Swachh Bharat has since captured the imagination of the Indian people.

This imagination has served as inspiration for innovations and technologies which are helping to drive sanitation and hygiene progress, and especially the ending of open defecation.

The Swachh-o-vation Competition will highlight, recognize and share many of these innovations. Entries are being sought in five categories:

  1. Inclusive Sanitation Technologies: Widely replicable and accessible technologies and innovations that address key elements of the social model of inclusive sanitation, recognizing the different needs of different people. E.g. disabled-friendly technological solutions, cleaning tools for safai staff/ sanitation workers.
  2. Facing Environmental Challenges in Sanitation: Solutions to sanitation challenges like flooding, high water tables, hard rock, remote and small communities, trains (OD on wheels in stations), etc.
  3. Toilet Technology: Innovative toilet technologies that are easy to build, use, adopt, clean and empty.
  4. Solid Liquid Resource Management solutions (including Menstrual Hygiene Management)
  5. ODF Sustainability solutions: Technological innovations that help an ODF community sustain its ODF status by meeting post-ODF challenges like need for retrofitting, fecal sludge management, etc.

To learn more about the competition aims and objectives, process, deadlines, and more, click here to download the Guidelines for the competition.

To submit an entry:

If you have questions, please send a mail to Swachh-o-vation@wsscc.org.

Entries are due 9 September. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has assigned the task of facilitation of a technical session under MGISC on technology & innovation to WSSCC, and to collect the innovations and organise a competitive process for identification of five innovations/start-ups in sanitation within India, which will be presented and awarded during MGISC.


Good luck!



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