The Citizen Cinema was the stage for the award of the Brazilian phase of the 21st edition of the Award Young Water of Stockholm (SJWP), this Wednesday (21), in Brasilia. Stocholm Junior Water Prize winner was the high school student Guilherme Catharino, from Senai São Paulo, with the System of Monitoring and Control of Water for Homes and Condos (SIMCHR). He will represent the country in the dispute, which happens in August 2018, in Sweden.

The award occurred in the Citizen Village of the 8th Forum, a free space open to the public. The international scientific dispute includes and promotes the work of students facing practical problems related to water. In this issue of 2018, there were 40 applicants.

"Last year there were 26 applicants. This increase caught our attention. We received works from all regions of Brazil, mainly from public schools", celebrates Ana Carolina Deveza, coordinator-general of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

The winning work, SIMCHR, is an app that is able to indicate the level of the water tank, the consumption and the presence of air in the pipe, in addition to assist in the control of leaks. For William, the prize is the reward for their work, with which he had already participated in other awards.

Guilherme Catharino tells that the application is being constantly improved. To materialize this project, the winner had the guidance of professor Wilker Santos. “The next step is to go to Sweden to represent Brazil there,” said the student. He received a trophy, a prize of R$ 8 thousand, a certificate for each member of the team and a trip including travel expenses, lodging and food to represent the country in Stockholm. 

Voting

In this 21st edition, in addition to the judging panel that consists of seven judges, the award had a popular jury, which enabled the public to vote on the best work through the internet. The most voted work on the web is equivalent to the vote of one juror. In total there were 728 votes accounted for by the online platform.

Phases

The award, held annually, consists of two phases: the national stage, held simultaneously in each country accredited as organizer, and the internationaln phase, which takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, under the responsibility of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

The international phase will bring together the winners of the national phases. The national phase is the result of a partnership between the Brazilian Association of Water Resources (ABRH)and the National Parliament of Youth dor Water (PNJA).

To the president of the Brazilian Association of Water Resources (ABRH), Adilson Pinheiro, “the organization of the Brazilian phase represents a investment in future generations, believing in the creative capacity of our younth in the promotion, preservation, conservation and sustainable use of water resources”.

In the view of Ana Carolina, general coordinator of the award, “young people are not only the leader of tomorrow. They now have the opportunity to contribute with solutions and Junior Water prize is one of those opportunities”. 

Past prizes

 In 2017, the project Solution for the Treatment of Water in Cistern Installed in Brazil was the winner of the Stockholm Water Prize. The victory changed the lives of the three young people in the team, at the time students of a technology center in Campinas (SP). 

Beatriz Ruscetto da Silva won a full scholarship to study and is now a student of Chemistry at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC), Matheus Henrique da Silva is preparing to take the entrance exam to Materials Engineering, and Gabriel Trindade, who studies Chemistry at the Federal University of São Paulo (USP). “Perhaps, if it were not for the award, we would not be where we are,” noted Gabriel.

On Tuesday (20), the winners of the SJWP of 2017 and the finalists of 2018 were honored by the Brazilian government. The event, organized by the Secretariat of Federative Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic, was attended by invited guests, among them the ambassador of Sweden, Per-Arne Hjelmborn, and Torgny Holmeberg, CEO of SIWI.