The Water Council’s Tech Challenge is an even playing field for anyone with a smart, new freshwater technology idea to vet their concept with expert industry professionals from leading corporations and compete for a cash prize as well as an opportunity to work directly with a sponsoring corporation to turn that idea into a viable commercial product.
Spearheaded by The Water Council (TWC), the Tech Challenge is a new global competition designed to identify cutting-edge freshwater technologies and ideas with high potential for commercialization or implementation. A series of Tech Challenges will run throughout the year, and each Challenge is designed around specific topics identified by corporate sponsors. Every Tech Challenge is open to anyone with a good idea and candidates can apply to as many of the Challenges as they like. Solutions can come from entrepreneurs, university students or researchers, professionals already working in water-dependent industries, private sector and government labs or just inventive individuals. Challenge finalists will present in-person to the sponsoring companies to compete for prize money, access to corporate R&D resources and the opportunity to partner on the development, marketing, licensing or sale of the winning technology or idea. As with all TWC competitions, potential Tech Challenge participants can submit their applications through WaterTechHub.com.
“The Water Council has created a really unique platform to accelerate water technology commercialization.”
–Dr. Junhong Chen, Program Director Engineering Research Centers Program, U.S. National Science Foundation
Director of Innovation