Water Council Names Round Two Tech Challenge Winners

Jan. 29, 2020
A. O. Smith Corporation, Badger Meter and Zurn Industries select two water technology innovations among 22 applications from nine countries.

The Water Council, with its supporting corporate sponsors, announces the winners for the second round of the Tech Challenge. This round focused on innovative solutions for inline sensors that detect water quality parameters and artificial intelligence for pipe networks and systems. The Tech Challenge augments corporate open innovation channels and identifies emerging freshwater technologies and ideas with a high potential for commercialization. Throughout the year, several topics of interest are identified by corporate sponsors, which are then posted as open Tech Challenges and promoted globally. Selected finalists have an opportunity to meet with sponsors for a chance to win prize money, gain access to corporate R&D resources and potentially partner with a corporate sponsor on the development of the technology or idea.

“This round attracted 22 applications from nine countries, of which 80% weren’t already on the radar for our sponsor companies,” says Karen Frost, vice president of economic development at The Water Council. “That is exactly what the Tech Challenge is designed to do for our sponsors – build pipeline.”

The innovations chosen as Tech Challenge winners are:

Verifi H2O - A water-monitoring platform delivering real-time water quality surveillance systems based on proprietary, advanced material technologies that rapidly detect pathogens and other contaminants, while providing customers with reliable information to make time-sensitive decisions.

Waterhound Futures - A predictive modelling and analytics offering, which simulates water and wastewater treatment plants to provide actionable insight to operators, engineers and management.

Tech Challenge applications were accepted from Sept. 6 – Nov. 3, 2019. The next round of Tech Challenge topics will be announced March 2020.

For more information, visit: www.thewatercouncil.com

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