Call for Innovation in Smart Public Sanitation Facilities

Call for Innovation in Smart Public Sanitation Facilities

The FINISH Mondial program is seeking innovation on public sanitation facilities. Application is open till the 30th of November.

The challenge

Year over year, governments in low-income countries spend millions of euros in new construction of public and / or institutional sanitation facilities in places such as schools, hospitals and health centres, public markets etc.

However, due to lack of regular maintenance and high operational costs many end up being not used. In addition, the following problems have been identified which make the public toilets expensive, unusable and unsustainable:

  • Lack of electricity
  • Inefficient use or lack of water
  • Structure damage
  • Frequent requirement for some retrofitting/maintenance and repair due to vandalism
  • Unpleasant/not welcoming to use

    What are we looking for?

  • Major Improvements on existing systems or completely new ideas, created through novel design, choice materials, smart construction, that will help mitigate the maintenance and operational issues
  • Innovation of technology (software and sensor-based innovation) to monitor and help solve the maintenance issues is highly encouraged
  • Innovation must address all components of the toilet (user-interface, safe collection and its functionality)
  • Simplified and self-sustaining business model

    Tips for Success

  • Toilet design integrated with tech features (IoT devices)
  • Inclusive solutions for children and disabled (e.g., ramp access, handrails for disabled- friendly toilets)

    Important dates

  • Contest Launch: 22nd of Sept 2022
  • Last date for submission: 30 November 2022; 23:59 CET
  • Shortlist Announcement: 19 December 2022
    Winners Announcement in a Live Virtual Event: 15 January 2023

    How to enter

    1. Prepare your application with:

  • The application form (Annex 1)
  • Supporting materials including:
  • 2 videos (landscape format) of 60 seconds of footage of your innovation in action and 60 seconds of interview style explaining how the innovation works
  • 3 photos

    2. Submit your application and supporting materials (before 30st of November) at this link – 3rd Annual SanTech Hackathon (

    3. Let us know if you completed the application! Follow FINISH Mondial on social media and tag us in a post with #FINISHMondial and why we need to come together to address the #floodprooftoilet.

    After the deadline, the TWG selection panel will review submissions to select 5 finalists. A jury of international experts will then select the winners, to be announced in a live virtual event.

    Who can enter

    We welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates. You can apply as an individual or as part of a group (Research institution, academic institution, NGO, or entrepreneur). Participants with technical experience in toilet construction are encouraged to apply.


    Panels will select finalists and winners based on:

  • How does your idea address the challenge? (30% of score)
  • How smart is your innovation/idea (integration of technology) (20% of score)
  • How technically feasible is your design, and how easy it would be to implement and scale? (15% of score)
  • How cost-effective is your idea? (15% of score)
  • How realistic is it to implement your business model ((20% of score)


    As winners, you will win prize money and a chance to implement your innovation on the field.

  • First prize: €5,000 + implementation of your solution in one of the FINISH Mondial
  • Second prize: €3,000
  • Third prize: €2,000
  • Audience favorite (live voting during the virtual event): €2,500

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Call for Innovation in Smart Public Sanitation Facilities

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