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Competition Year: 2011

Develop an innovative reality-based mobile and online game that will raise public awareness, gather necessary funds and support the implementation of community-integrated solutions to solve water and sanitation problems in developing countries.

Health and Medical Education and Training Energy and Environment Water and Sanitation Finance and Entrepreneurship


Game AQUA version2!
AQUA 1minute pitch
Koku introduces herself
Felister explains project AQUA to Ratifa
Song after our final presentation
Meeting between AQUA and Tanzania Kiwalani Woman & Youth Alliance (TAKIWOYA)

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Our Pitch

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 20% of the world’s population does not have access to safe drinking water and 40% lack basic sanitation facilities. Although the technology, resources, and capacity to solve these problems exist in developed countries, we have not yet found ways to implement sustainable solutions in these communities.

The key to supporting the improvement of water and sanitation problems in developing communities is to find methods that lead to sustainable funding and support communities becoming self-sustainable. We are proposing Project AQUA to achieve both goals simultaneously. Through Project AQUA, our team will (i) develop an innovative (reality-based) game to be played by mobile and online (e.g., Facebook) users allowing for sustainable funding (e.g., via donations) as well as on-going monitoring of the target communities, and (ii) provide consultation services to developing communities to assist them in achieving community-integrated sustainable solutions to their water and sanitation problems.

Our first test site will be the Kiwilani community in Tanzania. The majority of their 40,000 people are suffering daily from the lack of adequate water and sanitation facilities. We have already made connections with this community, and AQUA efforts are underway in this community to implement community-integrated solutions to their water and sanitation problems. We need your help to support the sustainability of AQUA’s efforts!


Find sustainable solutions to water and sanitation problems in developing communities, increase public awareness and raise long-term funds to support the implementation of these solutions of water and sanitation problems in our target communities.


Decentralized Water Systems for Communities in Dar es Salaam


2011 MIT School of Engineering “Global Villages” Challenge

Who We Are

Peter K. Kang ( is a PhD candidate in Civil & Environmental Engineering at MIT. He earned Masters degree from MIT in 2010, and Bachelor of Civil, Urban & Geosystem Engineering degree from Seoul National University in 2008. He is a Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellow, and his doctoral research includes developing a stochastic model for particle transport in network systems. He has a passion to solve water related problems in developing countries using his expertise in hydrology and environmental issues. He is also actively teaching courses on energy and environment issues every semester through the Spark and Splash program at MIT.

Juhyun Song ( is a PhD and MBA candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Sloan School of Management at MIT. He earned his Masters degree from MIT in 2010, and Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Seoul National University in 2008. His research is related to understanding electrochemical energy systems and molecular transport phenomena. He has participated in various projects at BMW Group, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Samsung Electronics, Saudi Aramco, and most recently at Morgan Stanley, NewYork. He is attentive to the problems in developing countries and wishes to contribute to solving these problems, making use of his expertise in energy technologies and project development.

Yunna Sinskey ( is a Master's candidate in Biomedical Engineering at MIT. Her current research involves identifying new biological targets for drug development in osteoarthritis. She was also currently elected as the activities committee chair for the Graduate Student Council of MIT. Yunna’s passion for helping developing countries led her to volunteer in several countries worldwide such as Kenya, Nepal, South Korea, Cambodia, and Costa Rica. She hopes to continue to make changes in the world through the knowledge and experiences she has gained through her medical internships at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Samsung Guide Dog for the Blind Center, UCSD Medical School, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Claire Ji Kim ( is a recent graduate from Rhode Island School of Design with Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree received in 2010. The majority of her projects have focused on sustainable design from architectural scale to urban design and land planning, especially in developing countries where proper water management and energy+cost effective design solutions are needed. She is currently working as a landscape architect designer at AGER Group.

Chad Ebesutani ( earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brown University in 2003 and is currently a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology at UCLA. His research focuses on developing and evaluating methods for disseminating effective and sustainable assessment and treatment practices in child mental health systems. His interest in this area as well as background in behavioral and psychological principles has led to his involvement in this project to assist in developing and disseminating sustainable and effective solutions to developing countries’ water and sanitation problems.

Dong-Hoon Kim ( earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from Ajou University in 2008. He has been actively involved in the game development industry for the past decade, specializing in DirectX since 2000 and XNA technology since 2007. He won third prize in the 2008 Imagine Cup world finals, a competitive international competition among game developers. He was also awarded the DirectX/XNA Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), which is an award presented by Microsoft to game developers making important contributions to the game development industry outside of Microsoft. He is also an active lecturer at several universities and game development conferences in Korea. He has a passion to help people through games, and he is excited to contribute his game development expertise to the AQUA project.

Our Community Partner

Partner Name

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)


Cambridge, MA, 02139


The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is working with a network of organizations in Tanzania, the Tanzanian Gender and Networking Program, to reform the water and sanitation sector and implement the human right to water. In Dar es Salaam neighborhoods, international aid groups are investing in wells and water systems that are not functioning, due to lack of spare parts or skills to keep the wells running. Affected communities are also looking for lower tech ways to meet their water and sanitation needs – like capturing and treating rain water and other water sources.


  • Service Location
    Kiwalani, Dar es salaam, tanzania
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Comments and Support

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    Posted by smeabbano on Thu, Oct 18th 2012, 12:42 Report Abuse

  • You did it AQUA!!!

    Posted by Z. Kang on Fri, Sep 16th 2011, 02:57 Report Abuse

  • You did it AQUA!!!

    Posted by Z. Kang on Fri, Sep 16th 2011, 02:57 Report Abuse

  • 화이팅!!

    Posted by m. kim on Wed, May 4th 2011, 13:19 Report Abuse

  • We cannot lose this game. because we are you know

    Posted by j. adriano on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 22:36 Report Abuse

  • GO GO!

    Posted by S. Lee on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 15:49 Report Abuse

  • u guys r doing a great job! keep it up! -from longisland ny

    Posted by D. Kim on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 15:45 Report Abuse

  • 웃대다

    Posted by Y. Kim on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 15:41 Report Abuse

  • You did a great job. - from korea. kim

    Posted by k. namuk on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 14:55 Report Abuse

  • We'll keep our eyes on you.... in a good way :D 화이팅입니다!

    Posted by S. Park on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 13:38 Report Abuse

  • you guys have such a great cause... gogoxing AQUA ;) you guys can do this!!

    Posted by S. Park on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 13:20 Report Abuse

  • It's brilliant idea!! Go for it!! From-S.M. U in korea .

    Posted by j. Seo on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 12:01 Report Abuse

  • I love humor university ^ _^~

    Posted by K. SungYup on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 11:41 Report Abuse

  • Cheer up~! 아쿠아

    Posted by K. JaeBeom on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 09:47 Report Abuse

  • Korean!! Fighting!! 웃대 Love~

    Posted by S. NAM on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 09:37 Report Abuse

  • 고고 코리아 ㅋㅋ 웃대의 힘 ㅋㅋ

    Posted by y. woong on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 09:07 Report Abuse

  • 와.... sorry I'm not good at english;;

    Posted by . 조 on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 08:23 Report Abuse

  • I voted this team for Korean guys from Humoruniv :)

    Posted by C. lake on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 08:18 Report Abuse

  • 웃대에서 보고왔다. PO웃대WER 가 느껴진다고?ㅋㅋ 좋은정신이다. 힘내라

    Posted by B. In-cheol on Mon, Apr 25th 2011, 08:00 Report Abuse

  • Good Luck! Peter Kang!!

    Posted by J. Park on Sun, Apr 24th 2011, 07:55 Report Abuse

  • I hope the children can be health!!!~

    Posted by T. Son on Sun, Apr 24th 2011, 05:04 Report Abuse

  • I voted! Wish the best and keep up the good work!

    Posted by W. Ahn on Sun, Apr 24th 2011, 00:35 Report Abuse

  • dear Rupreet Singh Soni I wish you all the very best,Good luck. Regards. Dr.Karan Peepre Bhopal,India 09827285353

    Posted by D. Peepre on Fri, Apr 22nd 2011, 23:47 Report Abuse

  • Hello AQUA team :) I knew this project from my professor. I don't know the fact that so many people in Tanzania are suffered from a water problem. I decided to help those people and support your team. I'm very proud of your team and I believe your team will do a great good job. Although it is a small thing to help some people suffering from lack of water in the world, I think this work will change the whole world. Good luck !

    Posted by J. Kim on Fri, Apr 22nd 2011, 21:08 Report Abuse

  • I am not sure what this means: "provide consultation services". What are the other people of the world doing? Every non-engineer also strives to provide "consultation" for these problems. What is the engineer-specific solution that is in offer? I am talking about the Indian situation where there is considerable effort in alleviating people's living conditions from all sections of the society with very little engineering-specific efforts. Anyways, all the best.

    Posted by D. Varapula on Fri, Apr 22nd 2011, 17:38 Report Abuse

  • Good luck Peter!

    Posted by B. Zhao on Fri, Apr 22nd 2011, 17:10 Report Abuse

  • Keep up the great work!!!!!!

    Posted by B. KIM on Fri, Apr 22nd 2011, 11:19 Report Abuse

  • Hello,Kang! Keep going. Go to Kiwalani, Tanzania! They need YOU!! GOD is with YOU!!!

    Posted by S. Chung on Fri, Apr 22nd 2011, 09:26 Report Abuse

  • 잘하십시요

    Posted by y. jeong on Fri, Apr 22nd 2011, 07:58 Report Abuse

  • This is a great idea! I know the current game play video is probably a beta version, but in the future, the game interface needs to be improved in order to make this game more appealing for the players to reach your ultimate goal. Good luck!!

    Posted by J. Lim on Thu, Apr 21st 2011, 11:49 Report Abuse

  • This is something that will actually change the world to become a better place to live for everyone. I really hope this project goes well and raise public awareness!

    Posted by J. Lim on Thu, Apr 21st 2011, 11:26 Report Abuse

  • Awesome IDEA!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!! Keep up your great work! ;)

    Posted by J. KIM on Wed, Apr 20th 2011, 21:39 Report Abuse

  • Song!!! Mickey kkk Good luck~~~~

    Posted by J. Lee on Wed, Apr 20th 2011, 20:34 Report Abuse

  • Realizing the virtual change into the real!! Cheers. :)

    Posted by S. Yoon on Wed, Apr 20th 2011, 02:46 Report Abuse

  • Good luck!!!

    Posted by E. Hermann on Tue, Apr 19th 2011, 14:26 Report Abuse

  • good luck!! I help this poor child and peple!!

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    Posted by J. Lee on Tue, Apr 19th 2011, 09:40 Report Abuse

  • The water is life. Interesting game!! Go AQUA!

    Posted by Y. YANG on Mon, Apr 18th 2011, 22:24 Report Abuse


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  • Great project & quality innovative thinking! With this team you will never loose...stay focused and meet the challenge! Best of luck!

    Posted by FitRD on Mon, Apr 18th 2011, 14:52 Report Abuse

  • Good luck guys! Hope to see the result of this project.

    Posted by B. Kwon on Mon, Apr 18th 2011, 12:52 Report Abuse


    Posted by S. Shin on Mon, Apr 18th 2011, 09:54 Report Abuse

  • I think it's really great idea! I want to play that game earlier... It looks really fun to me!! Fighting AQUA!!!!

    Posted by M. Kim on Mon, Apr 18th 2011, 07:25 Report Abuse

  • Looks very nice! Awesome!

    Posted by J. Hong on Mon, Apr 18th 2011, 05:04 Report Abuse

  • I think you guys are doing great work at least in target. You need to directly find out what the poor need. As you know, water is key of human life. Try to find cheapest way to help them. Does not depend on the rich. Find your way with them.

    Posted by Katzenberg on Mon, Apr 18th 2011, 00:56 Report Abuse

  • Thank you so much for the support! Please also watch our 1minute pitch! :) The updated version of game AQUA will be released soon!!

    Posted by P. Kang on Sun, Apr 17th 2011, 22:56 Report Abuse

  • Good job~~!!^^

    Posted by S. Lee on Sun, Apr 17th 2011, 22:38 Report Abuse

  • good luck~! Ihope you guys win

    Posted by J. Jang on Fri, Apr 15th 2011, 10:46 Report Abuse

  • I voted this team.

    Posted by J. Kwon on Fri, Apr 15th 2011, 10:35 Report Abuse

  • This a great idea, AQUA team. We're proud to work with your team on this project because it will change lives and bring hope to many families and children in Africa and other countries who have to live with unsafe water everyday at the risk of water borne diseases. Thanks and keep up the good work. Rachel Dan-Harry, UUSC

    Posted by R. Dan-Harry on Fri, Apr 15th 2011, 10:08 Report Abuse

  • Great innovation AQUA! I have no doubt the victory is yours for the benefit of Kiwalani community. I look forward to celebrating the victory with you and the people of Kiwalani. Wishing you all the best. Mary Nsemwa

    Posted by M. Nsemwa on Fri, Apr 15th 2011, 05:46 Report Abuse

  • Good luck!!~

    Posted by D. Kim on Fri, Apr 15th 2011, 04:49 Report Abuse

  • I support the idea as it focused on improving people's life.

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  • yeah~ AQUA~

    Posted by D. Oh on Tue, Apr 12th 2011, 01:03 Report Abuse

  • Love it! Keep it up :)

    Posted by Y. Song on Mon, Apr 11th 2011, 19:35 Report Abuse

  • I love it! Great idea guys!

    Posted by N. Starace on Sun, Apr 10th 2011, 13:52 Report Abuse

  • I believe you are making the whole world much better to live together!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by M. Hur on Sat, Apr 9th 2011, 17:42 Report Abuse

  • Fighting! AQUA~~~

    Posted by M. Park on Sat, Apr 9th 2011, 09:45 Report Abuse

  • Wow!! Go!! AQUA! :)

    Posted by S. Kim on Sat, Apr 9th 2011, 02:02 Report Abuse

  • Kiwalani people prays for project AQUA to win believing that its a GOD plan, Peter and Joe could have gone elsewhere in the World but they came to us with the dream of making our life better.

    Posted by F. KISANGURE on Fri, Apr 8th 2011, 06:12 Report Abuse

  • I watched the tutorial video. Will people be able to "buy" points and use that to do something (like install some kind of water purifying machine/etc). Then, the money used to buy the point can be directed towards doing exactly the same thing in real life: buying water purifying machine (there has to be a better word for this lol). Then, the game could be updated when the change actually occurs in real life. This way, game players can have some sort of "progress" (think farmville) while having real impact at these places. It would be nice to find a sponsoring company. For the points that people win from games (points that are not purchased), the sponsoring company could put up the corresponding amount of real money to be put into projects. Just an idea. Good luck!

    Posted by D. Kang on Thu, Apr 7th 2011, 22:56 Report Abuse

  • Great team work and innovative idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!.The videos are reflecting the real situation in the developing country .This also shows how participating the community is towards this game .It the team ( Peter and the group and the community as a whole) involved in bring a change towards development. I wish you all the best.

    Posted by M. surin on Thu, Apr 7th 2011, 19:00 Report Abuse

  • Voted! I know our Father has amazing plans through the team, AQUA.

    Posted by D. Chung on Wed, Apr 6th 2011, 23:00 Report Abuse

  • I have faith in the good will, intelligence, and passion that will emanate from you guys! Good luck!

    Posted by J. Lee on Wed, Apr 6th 2011, 13:32 Report Abuse

  • Go!! Aqua

    Posted by N. mandara on Mon, Apr 4th 2011, 15:55 Report Abuse

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    Posted by Y. LEE on Wed, Mar 30th 2011, 10:24 Report Abuse

  • Good Job~!

    Posted by J. PARK on Wed, Mar 30th 2011, 07:48 Report Abuse

  • I support AQUA!!!!!!

    Posted by s. harshan on Tue, Mar 29th 2011, 11:29 Report Abuse

  • It's realy funny and significant Idea. I follow you~ Fighting!!

    Posted by K. Lee on Mon, Mar 28th 2011, 04:07 Report Abuse

  • Hi! Peter Kang! How are you? I heard you have been Tanzania. Please Keep your great work! See you!

    Posted by Y. Yang on Sun, Mar 27th 2011, 11:33 Report Abuse

  • Great to hear about your progress Peter and team - your ideas have progressed in clarity significantly. I hope you can plug in a blog and twitter feed so we can keep up to date on your progress. Great videos by the way!

    Posted by L. Hasselblad Torres on Sat, Mar 26th 2011, 14:02 Report Abuse

  • Always welcome fun ideas to bring more people to happy.

    Posted by C. Kwon on Sat, Mar 26th 2011, 08:00 Report Abuse

  • Yes i support you guys

    Posted by d. kalogosho on Sat, Mar 26th 2011, 05:04 Report Abuse

  • God being on your side is a surity for you to win the game. Be blessed and help Kiwalani people. D K from Tanzania

    Posted by d. kalogosho on Sat, Mar 26th 2011, 04:58 Report Abuse

  • Joe and I visited Tanzania from March 20th to March 27th. From our visit, we are now confident to say that project AQUA will give huge impact not only to developing countries but also to developed countries. We will upload following up information soon!

    Posted by P. Kang on Fri, Mar 25th 2011, 12:49 Report Abuse

  • I'll be praying for you guys! Great work, Amazing vision!

    Posted by D. Chung on Wed, Mar 23rd 2011, 10:24 Report Abuse

  • Praying for your team and your mission.

    Posted by s. choi on Wed, Mar 23rd 2011, 08:29 Report Abuse

  • Yes! We are going Tanzania tomorrow! So excited :)

    Posted by P. Kang on Fri, Mar 18th 2011, 14:04 Report Abuse

  • So, you are really going to Tanzania??!! Wow. Have a nice trip and hope you could gather all the necessary information and data! Great work. Go AQUA!

    Posted by Hyun on Fri, Mar 18th 2011, 13:38 Report Abuse

  • Keep up your great work! :) Hope to see your prototype soon!

    Posted by Jaiwon Rhi on Sun, Mar 6th 2011, 00:27 Report Abuse

  • Great IDEA! I really enjoyed watching the video. Awesome! Looking forward to check out your final results.

    Posted by Sarah on Mon, Feb 28th 2011, 11:05 Report Abuse

  • Welcome the MIT Global Challenge, Team Hope! I look forward to learning more about your work and the support you need. As Kate says, let know how we can help - there's a terrific network of students, faculty and alumni out there ready to help. One great first step is to get your team profile completed, then post help wanted ad.

    Posted by L. Hasselblad Torres on Tue, Feb 1st 2011, 09:12 Report Abuse

  • Welcome, Team Hope! As we go along, let me know how I can help. I look forward to learning more about your work! Cheers.

    Posted by K. Mytty on Mon, Jan 31st 2011, 20:19 Report Abuse

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