RAI Amsterdam | 6 - 9 November 2023

Aquatech Innovation Award

AQA innovation award

Put a spotlight on your water innovation!

Research and development in the area of water is vital for the future of many businesses, but also for a sustainable future of our world. The Aquatech Innovation Award encourages many organisations to innovate and to differentiate themselves from the competition. The winner will be announced during the Opening Ceremony of Aquatech Amsterdam. The proceeds of the Award are donated to a charity.

With over 18,000 professional trade visitors worldwide, Aquatech Amsterdam 2021 is the ideal marketing vehicle to introduce your newest innovation. The most innovative products on the market today will come under the spotlight at the Aquatech Amsterdam.

Entry your innovation

The renowned Aquatech Innovation Award offers you an unparalleled chance to enjoy the attention of the global media en water professionals. Don’t miss this opportunity and take part in the worldwide contest for the Aquatech Innovation Award.


You can enter your innovation for the
Innovation Awards 2021 in the
Aquatech Exhibitors Portal.


Non exhibitors

Request your login for the Aquatech Exhibitor Portal and you'll receive an email with your login codes and information about the next steps to entry your innovation.


Innovation Award entry is closed

We've received a lot of new, spectacular innovations this year! The entry for the Innovation Award 2021 is closed and the nominees are announced. Read more about the nominees and their innovations.

Innovation Award planning

  • 15 June 2021 | Registration is open
  • 8 September 2021 | Registration is closed
  • 30 September 2021 | Announcement of Nominees
  • 1 November 2021 | Innovation Award ceremony

The Aquatech Innovation Award Categories

  • Water supply (including point-of-use)
  • Waste water treatment
  • Transport and Process & Control
  • Green Chemicals for Water Technology
  • Innovation – not to market yet

The entries will be judged on 3 criteria

  • Originality (50%)
  • Practicality (technical, economical, feasibility, 25%)
  • Sustainability (environment, security, energy, efficiency, 25%)

The Aquatech Innovation Award jury

  • Prof. Dr. Ir. C.J.N. Buisman (Wetsus – Chairman of the Jury)
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. W.M. de Vos (TU Twente)
  • Ir. P. Kamp (PUM Netherlands Senior Experts)
  • Dr. Ir. Wilbert van de Ven EMBA (Grundfos Holding A/S)
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. A.J.H. Janssen (Shell Global Solutions)
  • Ir. C.A. Uijterlinde (STOWA)
  • Prof. M. Kennedy, PhD (IHE Delft, Institute for Water Education)
  • Prof. Drs. J.S. Vrouwenvelder, PhD (KAUST King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)

Registration fees go to charity

Water is becoming scarcer and more polluted every day. Innovations are crucial, which is why Aquatech supports them via the Aquatech Innovation Award.
We are also committed to improving the wider world, and will therefore donate the registration fee (€ 100.00 per innovation entry) to a charity.

The proceeds of the Aquatech Innovation Awards 2021 go to: AMREF, WaterStarters


Aquatech is committed to creating a healthier future for all of us. In light of this principle, the proceeds of the AquaRun registration fees (€25) will be donated to AMREF WaterStarters, to support their projects in Kenya.

WaterStarters in Kenya

This program creates sustainable water solutions for rural and peri-urban communities in Kenya. In Kenya, 1 out of 3 people drink water from unprotected sources leading to waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death of children under 5 years. In rural households, girls and women are 6 times more likely to fetch water than men, walking up to 12 km per day. This negatively effects school attendance and performance, and prohibits women to channel time and resources to other productive activities. The spread of Covid-19 results in growing inequalities, underlining the importance of water and hygiene for all. Amref believes that every human being should have access to safe and affordable drinking and household water and that no one should suffer from waterborne diseases. Our ambition is to radically improve this situation for 1.5 million Kenyans in water-stressed areas in the coming 7 years.

WaterStarters is a franchise that renovates and builds 600 water supply systems, each of them designed together with the community to match their specific needs. WaterStarters offers private operators and communities (franchisees) the opportunity to own and manage a successful water business, providing them with access to funding for the initial investment.

Watch the animation video over WaterStarters via this link and read more in the attached 2-pager.


For more information about the Aquatech Innovation Awards please contact aquatech@rai.nl.

AMREF Waterstarters AquaRun