Women in Tech: Pamper, Champers and Water Hacking!

Wed Apr 11, 16:30 - Wed Apr 11, 19:00
Sorbet Nails Lifestyle on Kloof


Join #WITCPT for an evening to stimulate your brain while beautifying your nails. 

Listen to the amazing Bernelle Verster talk to us about "DIYWater: How the hacker community can help moving towards a water sensitive culture, safely", while enjoying a glass of Moreson's Miss Molly and being pampered with the pedi and/or mani of your choice.

25% discount on all treatments, accompanied with some bubbly and Bos ICE tea.

Summary of the talk:
The water crisis has created much innovation and do-it-yourselfness. Academically, Bernelle refer to this DIY mentality as "Inverse infrastructures" but you can call it DIY, bottom-up, off-grid, decentralised, informality, whatever you want to call it. The term comes from how groups have moved to renewable energy, and how we use existing internet to make our own connectivity, as examples. Now with the drought we’re seeing it with people making use of alternative water resources. Intuitively Bernelle loves this concept, it links closely with volunteering to her, but it has its challenges. Three issues are:
Equity - giving everyone what they need to be successful,
Risk, and
MAD - monitoring, analysis and decisionmaking
In this talk she will discuss the frustrations and opportunities around these three challenges, and include some dreams about where we can go with water sensitive design.

About Bernelle Verster
A self-proclaimed shit-stirrer, Bernelle Verster is passionate about sanitation and dreams of developing waterless sanitation for everyone. Bernelle studied Biochemistry and Chemistry and obtained her Masters in Functional Genomics. Having completed her PhD, the rebellious Bioprocessing Engineer is pushing boundaries in developing wastewater treatment solutions feeding into an economically-competitive integrated water and nutrients strategy.

Improving awareness around wastes, water and wastewater is a cause Bernelle has committed to, alongside her role at the Future Water Institute. Here she “plays in the interfaces” and crosses the divide between the public and science, analysing lived experiences to contribute to her research.

Bernelle is involved with many initiatives and passion projects, including Dream Zandvlei; bringing awareness to catchments and environments through adventure and sport. The Water Sensitive Campaign is another initiative she is active in, through which academic research is interpreted into action at various levels, including catchments and neighbourhoods.

Twitter handle: @indiebio


Women in Tech: Pamper, Champers and Water Hacking!
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