X-Prize for Water
In March 2017, Urban Water TMU, the Science Discovery Zone and the Department of Chemistry and Biology joined together to put together a hackathon and develop the Water Abundance X-PRIZE. This hackathon challenges teams from around the world to revolutionize access to fresh water by creating a device that extracts a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100% renewable energy, at a cost of no more than 2 cents per liter.
Nearly 30 students across various business and science programs are participating in the hackathon - the winner was Team Qwook with their Hygroscopic Coil system.
The Water Abundance X-PRIZE will create decentralized access to water, giving people the power to access fresh water, whenever and wherever they need it.