The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT), a joint effort of the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), is launching its inaugural Intelligent Water Challenge in February. WRF is hosting the event to demonstrate the value of intelligent water systems to utilities and thereby foster the adoption of smart water technologies.
The challenge will be supported by American Water Works Association (AWWA), Smart Water Networks Forum, and the International Society of Automation’s Water and Wastewater Division, and other organizations. The intent of the challenge is to give students, professionals, and technology aficionados the opportunity to showcase their talents and innovation, with a focus on leveraging data using the best available tools to help utilities better understand the dynamics of complex systems for making better decisions.
The challenge, which will run from March to August 2018, will provide general problem statements and example datasets for participants, along with a series of informational webinars to introduce them to the datasets and underlying systems. Possible problem categories are collection systems, wastewater treatment systems, drinking water treatment systems, source Water/Watershed, and Distribution Networks.
Teams with exceptional and innovative solutions will be invited to present their results in person at WEFTEC 2018 in New Orleans for final judging. The winning teams in each category will receive cash and other prizes.
The joint AWWA/WEF Utility Management Conference, which is a leading and noted management conference for the water sector, will be the venue to kick off the challenge. On February 23, the launch will include a presentation of goals, processes, judging criteria, and utilities’ challenges and a question-and-answer session. Registration will open after the launch event.
Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks.