The Blue Bag
Water Innovation Award 2015

The Challenge

With only 5% of inhabitants in Jakarta having access to municipal sewerage treatment, the Blue Bag Project and Water Innovation Award 2015 hope to improve the level of access to clean water and reduce water contamination levels for local residents of Jakarta. Indonesian Bachelor and Masters degree students and young professionals in relevant fields are able to compete with their innovative ideas and gain the educational knowhow and professional experience to contribute lasting change to their community.

The winning idea will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship to attend a two-year Master’s Programme in Water Resources Engineering at Lund University, annual return flights to Sweden and a monthly living allowance provided by Lund University and IKEA Indonesia. This is a prize package worth approximately 48,000€ in total. Read more about the prizes.

How it works

Step 1: Competition Application


  • Create your account and confirm the account. Now you’re ready to take on the challenge! Don’t forget to tell your friends on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn that you’re taking the challenge.

Step 2: Complete the Challenge

Multiple-choice questions

  • Multiple-choice question sets on the topics of 1) water resource management; 2) Swedish innovation and education; and 3) social innovation and entrepreneurship connected to water resource management.

Case question

  • The case question will focus on water-related challenges in Jakarta.

Personal motivation and profile

  • Explain why you should be selected as the winner and how you can contribute to improving living conditions in Jakarta, and fill in your personal information.
  • Participants will be able to increase their chances of winning by collecting recommendations from friends via Facebook. Learn more futher down under ‘Screening Process and Judging Criteria‘.

Step 3: Submit

Submit your Challenge

  • During the competition, participants have the opportunity to leave the competition and return when they are ready for the next step. Before leaving the competition website, however, it is important to ensure that all completed answers in each of the question sets are submitted successfully.

Share it with your friends!

  • Furthermore, the personal profile needs to be completed before the participant can get the certificate of participation, and share results and personal statement via Facebook.

Step 4: Apply to Lund University
(If you are selected as a finalist)

Apply for the Master’s Programme

Important Dates

Screening process & Judging criteria

A panel of judges from Sqore, Lund University, IKEA Indonesia and Mercy Corps Indonesia will evaluate applications and decide the winners.

First Screening Round

  • Applicants who do not meet the formal programme requirements are not eligible to win. Applicants who do not live/study in Indonesia or non Indonesian citizen/permanent resident living/studying abroad are not eligible to win.
  • Participants who do not meet the English language requirements are not eligible to win. Read more about the English language requirements under Eligibility.
  • All participants will be judged based on their educational background, competition results and motivational statement.
  • The 20 highest performing participants in the competition will be identified and selected as finalists. The finalists will be officially presented on the competition website on November 14, 2014.

Second Screening Round

  • The top 20 candidates will then be ranked based on their score on the multiple choice questions. The cases and personal motivations of the finalists will then be reviewed (see ‘Judging criteria’ below).
  • All finalists must formally apply to the Master's Programme in Water Resources Engineering in order to be eligible to win (see how to in the ‘Checklist - apply to the master's programme’). Deadline November 30, 2014.
  • The top candidates might be invited to Skype interviews with Lund University.
  • The final screening round will determine the top three finalists of the competition.
  • The top three finalists will be officially presented on the competition website on December 19, 2014.
  • All three finalists will be invited to the prize ceremony held in Jakarta in January 2015. Domestic travel and accommodation will be paid by IKEA Indonesia. The first, second and third prize winners will be announced and awarded during the ceremony.

Judging criteria

  • The case question and motivational statement will be judged based on creativity, originality, consideration for environmental and local perspectives.
  • Social recommendations on Facebook can affect the result in the competition. The number of recommendations is not a main assessment criteria in the competition, but it can play a factor during the judging process. Hence, collecting recommendations can be a means of advancing your application in the final rounds
  • The competition organizers reserve the right to choose the winners at their sole discretion. Although not anticipated, competition rules and prizes may be changed or altered at any time.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into by the judges in relation to that decision.