The big small print

About the Dopper Changemaker Challenge

The Dopper Changemaker Challenge is organised by Dopper Foundation. But as long as you remember that this challenge was brought to you by Dopper, we’re pretty happy. And we’re even happier if you remember our goal is clean water, in every ocean, from every tap. So please do. Just repeat it a few times for good measures: clean water, in every ocean, from every tap.

The official part

As dry as dust, but nevertheless important: the general terms and conditions! Entirely not on-trend, we present our small print in a font that is actually legible.

Terms and conditions for participation

  • To make sure you can snap up those £5,000, we have summed up all the conditions for participation:
  • Your project is about clean water and/ or plastic waste. You can find some examples here.
  • You are or were registered as a Bachelor or Master student at a university or other higher vocational education in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Nepal or the United Kingdom;
  • You are still workingon your graduation project or thesis, or finished it after 1 September 2018;
  • You determine(d) the subject of your project or thesis yourself;
  • You are available on 29 May 2019, and you can be personally present on 15 and 16 June 2019;
  • You send in your graduation project/thesis no later than 12 April 2019.

Assessment criteria

  • The research topic you submit during the registration period will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Impact: is your research or solution ground-breaking, can it change the world? (focus on scalability)
  • Innovation: is your research innovative?
  • Value: what will you use the funding for

During the semi-finals, the judges will focus on:

  • Feasibility
  • Financial accountability

You will become our next changemaker, when

  • You are enthusiastic and you have convinced us about your passion;
  • Your research has the greatest impact potential;
  • You need the research money more urgently than others;
  • Your topic is well-developed.

Thesis award –the prizes!
Dopper feels it is important to gather as much knowledge as possible about the problems and solutions regarding clean drinking water and plastic waste. We understand that we’re light years beyond the time when research papers were clumsily botched together, meaning that we have to invest greatly if we want to get great results. In order to make pioneering and/or additional research possible, we are not only rewarding you with a £5,000 research grant, but we will also help you get established as one of the world’s next changemakers. We arrange for network introductions and a big stage to promote your research.

First place:

  • £5,000 research fund*
  • We will find you a stage to speak at, relevant to your field
  • We will connect you to a valuable partner (organization or otherwise)
  • Your solution will be actively pushed to international press

Second and third place:

  • £2,500-We will connect you to a valuable partner (organization or otherwise)
  • Your solution will be actively pushed to international press

Fourth to tenth place:

  • £500
  • We will connect you to a valuable partner (organization or otherwise)

*You determine how you want to spend this grant, as long as it boosts your graduation project / thesis and you spend it before 1 January, 2020.