Tinker project

SAVE Tinker project

Last Submission Date: 20, October 2020

Last Registration Date: 20, October 2020

Country: Egypt

Prizes: 20,000$

Type: Open Competition

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About Competition / Awards / Event / Fellowship / Scholarship

As the world urbanizes, the challenge to manage waste becomes more acute, as more people means more garbage. While large cities are struggling with their waste management strategies, people of Manshiyat Naser are mastering the ‘resist throwaway culture’. The Zabaleen -a derogatory term for garbage pickers, collects waste from the Egyptian capital, Cairo and carry it back to the neighborhood. It is remarkable to see that the Zabaleen recycles almost 90% of the collected garbage. 


Manshiyat Naser or more famously known as ‘garbage city’, is notable for having nearly every space covered in garbage including streets and rooftops of the settlement. Zabaleen have been bridging the gap for the lack of efficient waste collection system in Cairo for almost 70 years. The Zabbaleen might be fuelled by necessity, but they possess valuable lessons to teach those of privilege.

Why that is the people who are responsible for keeping are our cities clean are themselves living in the worst possible conditions?

The slum dwellers of manshiyat naser have been neglected and disappointed by the policy makers and are in desperate need for agencies to make a notable change for procuring a chance towards better and healthy lifestyle.

Challenge: Design a waste management- recycle- facility, which provides the provision of reselling and bartering the recycled and reinvented products.


Eric Corey Freed: Senior Vice President, CannonDesign, United States

Lance Hosey: Principal / Design Director, Gensler, Texas

Jeff Kovel: Principal, Design Director, Skylab, United States 


Prize pool of worth 20,000$

First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)

Runner Up: 6 x 1100$ (For students and professionals)

People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)

Honourable Mention: 12 x 500$ Each

Learn more on: https://uni.xyz/competitions/tinker-project/info/about

Requirements / Eligibility

This competition is open for all to participate.

Submission / Key Dates

Launch February 15, 2020

Submission Deadline: Oct 20th 2020

Public Voting begins: Nov 10th 2020

Public Voting ends: Dec 5th 2020

Result Announcement: Dec 17th 2020

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