XPRIZE Community members advised on the design of a prize for decentralized, efficient water reclamation, sponsored by the Department of Education and Knowledge of the United Arab Emirates.
About the Prize Design
Imagine a world where safe drinking water is universally accessible and the risk of exposure to contaminated wastewater is eliminated. Where reclaimed water is transformed on-site into potable water, facilitating the democratization of access to water. Where decentralized, efficient reclamation solves the water crisis and supports humans and ecosystems alike.
This will be the objective of the Infinity Water Prize. XPRIZE invites you to join our online community of experts to get involved in the design of this prize competition and ensure that we set goals for innovators that are both audacious and achievable.
Water is essential for human life, but it is one of the world’s leading killers. Less than two percent of the world’s water is fresh and available for human use. An even smaller portion of that two percent is uncontaminated at the source for human consumption, leaving 1 in 3 people without access to safe drinking water and over 3 million deaths per year due to water-related illnesses.
Resource scarcity and accessibility to freshwater represent significant obstacles to human interaction with the natural water cycle and are exacerbated by pollution that human output adds back into the system at large.
For the billions who experience clean water scarcity, climate change, population growth, and urbanization will act as multiplier effects, further diminishing access and further polluting natural resources.
The Infinity Water XPRIZE seeks to address these challenges by building a system that makes human interaction in the water cycle a net positive for individuals and for the planet.
We are designing an XPRIZE that will incentivize the creation of community-scale and net-zero devices that optimize the safe and decentralized reclamation of water from the grid and natural water bodies, enabling water to be used affordably and potentially make a positive impact on the natural water systems.
The Prize Design will outline what the winning team must accomplish to be awarded the prize and define the parameters of the XPRIZE competition.
The desired impact of this prize will be to give communities all over the world access to affordable, safe, potable water while significantly reducing the environmental impact of water reclamation.
Community members can share their knowledge and experiences, and influence the design of this XPRIZE competition.
The community will be invited to weigh in on various aspects of the Prize Design, from analyzing in detail the problems we want to solve to understanding why existing solutions fall short to advising on specific aspects of the competition, such as the timeline and conditions teams will need to meet to win.
What’s in it for you
We know your time is precious, and we appreciate your participation and input.
None of the other benefits below come close to the reward of knowing that you contributed to a truly transformative breakthrough.
We will regularly announce the most prolific community members to recognize their contributions. Participation allows you to:
- Network with diverse stakeholders;
- Brainstorm with top experts;
- Promote your work;
- Earn rewards, such as online gift cards.
About the Sponsor
Abu Dhabi’s ADEK Department of Education and Knowledge fosters the best education ecosystem to enable every learner in Abu Dhabi, from early childhood to higher education, to actively contribute and compete on a global stage. Through their various flagship programs, they ensure access to education, inclusivity in the education sector, and that education opportunities are aligned with Abu Dhabi’s current and future needs to enable future-readiness.
Beyond higher education, ADEK along with its partners foster a world-class academic research ecosystem in Abu Dhabi through funding and policy initiatives to improve Abu Dhabi’s competitiveness in the knowledge and innovation sector and allow the Emirate’s best minds to contribute meaningfully to solving the world’s greatest challenges.
The Abu Dhabi Government has partnered with the XPRIZE Foundation through the first global partnership of the Ghadan 21 accelerator programme to engage a global community of innovators in a shared commitment to solving these challenges in areas of particular interest to Abu Dhabi and the world.
We look forward to engaging with you here on this exciting project!