IJSO 2017

Xylem Water Prize

Official rules 

Xylem Water Prize, IJSO 2017

The “Xylem Water Prize” is a video competition for students participating in the International Junior Science Olympiad 2017 (IJSO) to be held in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, from December 4th until December 11th 2017. The competition is organized by Xylem Inc., 1 International Dr, Rye Brook, NY 10573, US, (“Xylem”) in collaboration with the IJSO 2017 committee. In order to be eligible to participate in the Xylem Water Prize competition, a student must be a registered participant in the International Junior Science Olympiad 2017 and provide prior written consent of the student’s parent or legal guardian (Letter of consent). The aim of the Xylem Water Prize competition is for students to make a video on the topic of water and sustainability.

The video competition

Participation in the Xylem Water Prize competition will comprise the creation of videos (including still pictures) by participating students on the topic of water and sustainability. These videos or pictures will be available to be seen and will be used primarily on Xylem’s or its affiliates’ websites and other digital properties in connection with the competition and thereafter. Xylem and its affiliates have a non-exclusive right to publish such videos and pictures in a commercial context in marketing its products and services.
The participating students present their answer to the question “How do you solve water?”. Their answer(s) can emphasize actions they take personally or through their project for the International Junior Science Olympiad. The students can pick one of the global trends below and define one (1) innovative idea that can help to solve water. They will make a 1–3 minute video in which they present their idea.

International Xylem Water Prize

The International Xylem Water Prize is open to all schools that are registered to participate in the International Junior Science Olympiad 2017 (IJSO) and limited to one (1) entry per participating country. The international competition is open until November 17, 2017.

The judging panel will be announced on Xylemwaterprize.com .


The ten (10) videos judged to be the best will be shared on Xylem’s YouTube channel and will be promoted on the Xylem and IJSO websites. The team with the best idea will be recognized with the Xylem Water Prize award awarded an iPad (max. 6) during the official IJSO opening ceremony on December 4, 2017.

Video production guidelines

The video can be as simple or as elaborate as the student wants it to be. There are no limitations, however, the video needs to be produced personally by the participating student and it must be a minimum length of 1 minute and may not be longer than 3 minutes. Shorter videos (less than 1 minute) or longer videos (more than 3 minutes) will not be judged.

How to join the competition

The student, or in case of a team collaboration, the student who is publishing the video on his/her YouTube account, is required to complete the digital “Join the Challenge” form on Xylemwaterprize.com, share the video URL and upload the signed letter of consent by the parent or legal guardian. If the signed letter of consent from the parent or legal guardian is not received by the submission deadline, the video will not be judged.

Video submission period

International Xylem Water Prize

Last day to join: November 17, 2017

All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM UTC+1 on November 17, 2017. Xylem is not responsible for late or unsuccessful attempts to enter.

Judging period

International Xylem Water Prize
November 17 – December 4, 2017

A panel of judges will judge the ten (10) best ideas and select the winner based on the following criteria:

  • Impact
  • Clarity
  • Creativeness

The video must

  • Be a minimum of one (1) minute and a maximum of three (3) minutes in length.
  • Be submitted in one the formats that YouTube accepts. Only YouTube video URLs showing the working video presentation of the eligible students according to these official rules will be accepted.
  • Be the eligible student’s original idea. Students should not knowingly copy another’s idea, but entries will not be excluded merely because another student has a similar idea. It is recommended by Xylem to set the video privacy setting to “unlisted”.
  • Comply with YouTube

Questions? Email your question to Joost Aloserij Joost.Aloserij@xyleminc.com