TECH CHALLENGE: SENSORS FOR HEAVY METALS & CHEMICALS

TECH CHALLENGE: SENSORS FOR HEAVY METALS & CHEMICALS

Connecting Innovative Solutions with A. O. Smith, Badger Meter and Zurn Industries

Apply Nov 1, 2018 – Jan 13, 2019

ABOUT

Spearheaded by The Water Council, the Tech Challenge is a new global, open innovation competition designed to identify cutting-edge freshwater technologies and ideas with high potential for commercialization or implementation. A series of Tech Challenges run throughout the year, and each Challenge is designed around a specific topic identified by corporate sponsors. Every Tech Challenge is open to anyone with a good idea and candidates can submit an application to as many of the Challenges as they like.

Prospective technologies can come from entrepreneurs, university students or researchers, professionals already working in water-dependent industries, private sector and government labs or just inventive individuals.

PRIZE

Challenge finalists will present in-person to the sponsoring organization to compete for:

  • Maximum total prize money of $25,000
  • If the technology is near commercialization, opportunities to jointly commercialize technology with a sponsoring company
  • If the technology needs more research, opportunities to continue research at the Water Equipment & Policy (WEP) Research Center in conjunction with a university professor and sponsoring company
  • Access to sponsoring companies’ R&D teams
  • Media exposure and communications boost to The Water Council’s water technology leadership network

TECHNOLOGY INTERESTS

Tech Challenge: Sensors for Heavy Metals & Chemicals is accepting applications from people located anywhere around the world between Nov 1, 2018 – Jan 13, 2019. This challenge is looking for inventive individuals or companies with:

  • Solutions for detecting heavy metals (such as lead) and industrial chemicals (such as PFOA and PFAS) in water and wastewater
  • Sensors or sensing methods for the following analytes, or indicators:
    • PFOA and/or PFAS
    • Lead (to 0.015 mg/L)
    • Other heavy metals
    • Various Acids including Sulfuric

Key success criteria for the performance of the solutions include:

Durable
Low cost
Long lasting
Low energy usage
Rapid response
Non-toxic reagents or no reagents required
Minimizing false positives or false negatives

WATER STARTUP COMMUNITY IN MILWAUKEE

“1 of 3 Best Start-up Alternatives to Silicon Valley” – Realtor.com, 2017

  • 34 water tech portfolio companies
  • 100+ water-related pilots
  • Home to a leading utility of the world
  • 200+ water technology companies
  • Home to a National Science Foundation Water Equipment & Policy Center
  • One of the nation’s leading agricultural states with more than 5.5 billion dollars in farm product sales per year
  • Hub for makers, entrepreneurs, inventors, chefs, dreamers and creatives of all kinds. More about Milwaukee and Wisconsin

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Timeline

  • Nov 1, 2018
  • Jan 13, 2019
  • Feb 2019
  • March 2019

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