Ripple Effect

Project Info

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Team Name

Ripple Effect

Team Members

Håkan Sjölin , Styliana and 4 other members with unpublished profiles.

Project Description

It’s not only about shorter showers.

How do the decisions we make every day influence water supply and distribution?

We have created a native iOS Mobile App to play an interactive story of an everyday encounter, where you have to make simple choices that lead to different outcomes (a lush forest or dried out crops). At the end of the story, we show users how simple choices that you wouldn't associate with water, affect the supply and distribution of water.

Our vision was to create an engaging way to learn about the consequences of our actions in relation to water and creating a more informed population that can take responsibility and create sustainable policy.

Our iOS native mobile app is our final product, but we also created a Web experience (in progress). Our overarching vision for the product is to create a learning experience that can be accessed via school computers, paired with the mobile app for the general public.

Data Story

We used a combination of water and agricultural data to tell a story about water, beyond that which we can see. Whilst there is a clear message during periods of drought that people should have shorter showers and avoid gardening, the story about how water is used throughout the supply chain is untold.

Evidence of Work



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Team DataSets

Mean annual water balance estimate for Australia

Description of Use Highlights many of the points about water usage that our project is addressing.

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Total daily water supplied

Description of Use How much water is used for everyday needs.

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Australia's water resource usage

Description of Use How water resources are used for consumer needs.

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Australian corp report

Description of Use How different plants are affecting water usages.

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Water Storage over years

Description of Use Highlights how water storage is changing over the years.

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Water usage on Australian Farms

Description of Use We used this dataset to better understand how much water is needed to produce different agricultural goods. This data then informed some of the consumer decisions the user has to make within the story line.

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Challenge Entries

Thrive or survive: how can we adapt for the future?

What will Australia in 2050 look like?

Go to Challenge | 38 teams have entered this challenge.


How can we protect and preserve our water resources?

Go to Challenge | 22 teams have entered this challenge.

Water – From source to tap.

Ideas to engage upper primary and lower secondary school students (with advantages for community learning) in learning about the water cycle (source to tap). We want them to understand where water comes from (sources), the different types of water (drinking, recycled, classes of water), how and why it is treated (health), how we move it (infrastructure) and how we use it (drinking, cooking, commercially, fires, toilets, sanitation, washing, in the home). The ideas should highlight why water is so important for our survival. Ideas should be fun, interactive and educational. The engagement should be relevant to the Australian School Curriculum, adaptable to water organisations and schools around Australia and sustainable.

Go to Challenge | 19 teams have entered this challenge.

🌟 Creating a clean city

Our residents and businesses produce, consume, and dispose of waste every day. Many residents are unaware of what happens to their waste once it enters a bin or simply don't care. How might we use data to empower and educate our community about their waste?

Go to Challenge | 12 teams have entered this challenge.

🌟 Community “Clean, Green and Lean” Rewards

Develop a business solution which encourages people to live an active and green lifestyle, incentivised by a digital perks system, offered in partnership with local businesses.

Go to Challenge | 15 teams have entered this challenge.

Optimise energy and water resource planning

Optimise energy and water resource planning

Go to Challenge | 32 teams have entered this challenge.

🌟 Communicating Water issues to regularly new residents in Alice Springs

Educating new residents to Alice Springs about current and historical community water initiatives.

Go to Challenge | 9 teams have entered this challenge.

🌟 Climate Change Issues in Hobart

What local climate change issues can you help solve or identify by integrating data sources?

Go to Challenge | 12 teams have entered this challenge.

Australia@Sea: what is our future relationship with the ocean environment?

Our oceans are vital to the world’s economy and provide services for all Australians including food security, industries, tourism, and well-being.

Go to Challenge | 17 teams have entered this challenge.