Events World Water Day Video Competition: MIT Research for a Water Secure Future

J-WAFS is hosting a video competition and online festival for World Water Day to showcase water sector research projects by MIT students.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 19th, 2021, at noon EST Organizer: Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab

Deadline Extended! You now have until March 19th to submit your video!

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March 22nd is World Water Day, an international day launched by the United Nations to advocate for sustainable water use and equitable water access and inspire people to take action for clean water. J-WAFS is joining this effort through a student video competition and online festival to showcase the exciting water sector research and innovation that is going on around our campus. 

MIT Research for a Water Secure Future invites MIT students, postdocs, and recent alumni to submit short video portraits of their water sector research projects and the challenges they are seeking to address. The video competition and accompanying festival aim to build awareness about both the challenges facing the world’s water systems and how MIT’s research community is driving us towards solutions.

Who can submit a video?
All MIT students, postdocs, and recent alumni. If you are an undergraduate, graduate, current postdoc, or recent graduate, we invite you to submit!  Research teams are eligible as long as 50% or more of their team is an MIT student, current postdoc, or recent alumni.

What should my video be about?
Your 2 to 2.5-minute video should describe a water sector research project that you are pursing at MIT. The research must be your own. It could be a broad summary or a single concept, however it should teach audiences about a significant water challenge and what is being done to address it.

When is my video due?
Submissions are due by Friday March 19th, 2021 at noon EST. Our virtual festival will be held on March 22nd in honor of World Water Day.

What can I win?
The grand winner will receive $1500, with $1000 being awarded to second place. Additional $200 awards will be made for specific “Judges’ Favorite” categories.

What should I do if I have questions?
Make sure you have read our full call for proposals here. You can also reach out to our communications and project assistant, Susanna Maize, at smaize[at]