The Netherlands is extremely successful at an international level when it comes to flood protection. The country has a large number of specialists available in every conceivable area: from the design and construction of dikes, forecasting systems, and decision-supporting systems, through to crisis management, measurement systems and evacuation.



Conferences usually have difficulty in attracting young people. In order to engage more young professionals and students, Flood Control 2015 organised a special Student Event at the conference. Over 50 international students from various backgrounds applied to join, from which the best 25 were selected.

The students were challenged to develop a new "serious game" related to flood control. Time was limited: they only had 24 hours, from 10am to 10am. The 6 groups of students worked through the night to learn about the issues involved and create the best 'serious game' to illustrate these.

all students on stage at Floodrisk2012

In the final session of the conference, and after a well-deserved rest in a youth hostel, the participants were called on stage to hear the jury's verdict. The serious game "Bangkok Be Aware" claimed first place. The game revolved around using Facebook in the event of an imminent flood in Bangkok. According to the jury the game design not only provides a good way of informing people about the actions to take in these situations, but it also stimulates community building in neighborhoods through smart use of the Facebook platform's possibilities.

To get a feeling of the rusch of participating in such an event, view the Film about the 24 hour pressure cooker!

Mission Flood Control 2015

“A really substantial improvement in operational flood protection worldwide.”