Siemens unveils Design Challenge for clean water supply


Engineering for Change (E4C) and Siemens have announced a new call to action for socially-minded engineers and hardware innovators to address two of the UN sustainable development goals focused on zero hunger and clean water.

Applications open on March 4, for Innovate for Impact: Siemens Design Challenge, a competition that gives individuals the opportunity to develop solutions to address fundamental human needs for clean water and adequate food supply.

The winning solutions will be awarded with $10,000 each.

Interested participants can learn more about the issues, access online training, review best practices, case studies in human-centered design, and submission criteria for the Challenge at

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 3, 2020. Over the course of the challenge, participants will be asked to:

  • Submit a 30-second video introducing their team and product concept
  • Research and explore the needs of their end-user
  • Design their concept in 3D CAD software
  • Iterate their design based on their research and provide justification for decisions
  • Simulate how their product works
  • Submit a video pitching their product concept

Winners will be announced in July 2020.

E4C will coordinate the application and evaluation process, share human-centered design principles and a variety of other tools and resources with applicants, while Siemens will provide free access to and training on cutting-edge technology tools for digital design and engineering.

“We are proud to partner with E4C to provide engineers with platforms to expand what’s humanly possible, creating new spaces to dream, innovate and develop technology to drive sustainable development goals,” says Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton.

“Those who accept this challenge will get to use software and technology that have already reduced product development cycle times by half. But instead of speed to market, engineers can now focus on speed to society, delivering the solutions needed to advance a more equal world in time for 2030.”