apply now to our open innovation programs

The Water Council is currently accepting applications to the innovation programs described below. Click here for more information about our innovation programs.

Tech Challenge

The Tech Challenge connects water innovators to innovative corporate sponsors through topic-specific open innovation contests. Finalists win the opportunity to present their innovation to company sponsors to compete for up to $10,000 in prize money. Other potential outcomes could include access to corporate R&D resources or the potential to partner on the development, marketing, licensing or sale of the technology or idea.

Below are the topics for the fall 2022 Tech Challenge. Application deadline is Nov. 6, 2022.

topic 1: contactless water quality sensors

Seeking innovative solutions for water quality sensing without the need for grab samples or direct contact with the fluid. The solutions may be individual sensors, complete systems, algorithms or concepts by talented individuals. Parameters of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Flow
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Hardness
  • Pathogens
  • Chemical constituents

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topic 2: in-situ water hardness monitoring

Seeking innovative solutions to monitor hardness to proactively reduce potential for scale, corrosion and fouling for pipes, tanks, valves and other equipment that comes in contact with water. Solutions without the needs for reagents are sought for the following types of potential applications:

  • Potable water distribution systems
  • Point of use/point of entry water treatment
  • Cooling towers and systems
  • Water and wastewater piping in buildings
  • Boilers and water circulation systems

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Karen Frost

VP Economic Development