Project Acqua: a Ticinese-based start-up and Migros step up collaboration to bring water to Mali

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Globally, one in ten people don’t have access to drinkable water. Starting from this consideration, two students from Ticino have recently created the Project Acqua start-up, which aims to provide concrete and visible help to one of the poorest regions of the world. The first project consists of the commercialization of a special, half a liter bottle of “Gazzosa dei Nostrani” (a typical fizzy lemonade made in Ticino), mandarine or lemon flavoured. The initiative, which was created through the collaboration with Migros Ticino and Sicas SA, allows customers to choose if they wish to pay an additional 20 cents to buy the bottle. If they do, the whole amount is devolved to Helvetas, which uses it to build new waterwells in Mali and guarantees a person living there 47 days of drinkable water access.

The project is supported by the Ente regionale per lo sviluppo of Bellinzonese e Valli, Banca Stato and Percento culturale of Migros Ticino.

It was first designed by Paolo Del Ponte and Marco Righetti, who both attended the Bachelor in Business Administration at St Gallen University.

You can find the special bottles at Migros from June 6th at the price of 1.50 CHF. The label is provided with information about Project Acqua, and if you remove it from the bottle you can choose if you wish to help someone living in Mali.

An amazing initiative, all our compliments to Paolo and Marco!

Check out these links if you want to hear more about this great project!



Conference about water

Smart Systems for Urban Water Demand Management

A conference about water is going to take place this summer in Monte Verità, Switzerland from the 21 until August 25. This Symposium and Summer School aims at exploring the perspective of urban water demand management for the next years.

Several topics are going to be addressed, with a particular a particular focus on the behavior of water consumers, the drivers of such behavior, the role of social norms, economic leverages and water demand management strategies in order to  promote behavioral change, as well as the role of Information and Communication Technologies to support the design, implementation and deliver smart solutions for urban water demand management.

Register and get more information here:

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Short survey for SINC

Dear everybody,
Together with the City of Lugano and Aziende Industriali di Lugano (AIL) SA, SINC is starting a project about tap water.
Thus, we invite you to take a short survey and to complete it by March 13.
It should take only 10 minutes and when completing it, you have the possibility to enter a contest to win some prizes.
Cari amici di SINC,
In collaborazione con La Città di Lugano e le Aziende Industriali di Lugano (AIL) SA, SINC ha dato il via ad un progetto sull’acqua del rubinetto.
Vi invitiamo dunque a rispondere ad un breve sondaggio riguardante questo tema entro il 13 marzo.
Il tempo stimato di risposta è di 10 minuti. Completando il questionario, potrete partecipare ad un concorso e vincere diversi premi.

Smart Indoor Vegetable Garden

You live in an apartment and always have dreamed about growing your own organic veggies? It is now possible through the growing station: the Grove.

A fully automated system of the size of a bookshelf enable to grow on the upper “shelf” all sorts of product such as salad, strawberries, tomatoes with a fully equipped lighting close to the sun light. While the middle “shelf” provide the space to grow microgreens and the bottom “shelf” provide fertilizer and water through a fish tank.

An app run the whole system adjusting the settings to optimize the growing conditions for the plants. It also gives you information on a daily basis for your day-to-day task, like harvest time or when to add water …

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In our project GROWN (, we discovered the Swiss start-up SWISSPONIC, which is developing this amazing concept through their smart system technology. It enables you to grow your own supply of healthy foods thanks to an interactive system of applications for mobile devices. To discover it, visit their website


“LUNGS” by Duncan Macmillan at Teatro Foce – An alternative way of thinking about our ecological footprint

Where does the fine line lie between instinct and reason? On the 23rd & 24th January 2016, at Studio Foce, Lugano, you will all have the chance to reflect upon today’s environmental issues, through the eyes of a couple who ask themselves whether to have children or not in today’s world.

…and if you book through the theater company you could benefit from a 2×1 offer on the first 10 tickets sold – contact:

The audience at the first performance in Chiasso was enthusiastic:

“Mozzafiato” è riduttivo, per descrivere quello che avete proposto sabato. Bravissimi tutti! Ma soprattutto, grazie. C’è bisogno di un sacco di altra roba così!”
“È stato uno spettacolo davvero molto avvincente che ha tenuto il pubblico mesmerizzato! Ottimo il ritmo e l’intercalare tra momenti comici (mi ha fatto davvero morire!) e altri più gravi. Un gioiello di umorismo e intelligenza!”

The play is in Italian.

Click here for further details.