2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
San Francisco, CA
Imagine H2O’s Urban Water Challenge is a global competition to encourage the development of innovative ways to advance how we source, distribute, use, and reuse water to build resilient communities. The Urban Water Challenge embodies one of 11th Hour Racing’s key objectives: to restore ocean health by demonstrating sustainable practices and technologies that improve water quality, prevent pollution, and manage our water resources more responsibly.
11th Hour Racing is a Founding Challenge Partner, inspired by the Cape Town, South Africa Stopover during the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, where staff saw first-hand how water scarcity can impact the quality of life and the environment in large cities. Around the world, this problem disproportionately affects the poorest parts of communities.
The Challenge spotlights urban water resilience and will align with UN Sustainable Development Goals, Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11), and Life Below Water (SDG 14). Winners will be provided with awards to deploy technologies in cities around the world focused on three main areas: stormwater runoff and coastal resilience, water reuse and recycling, and safe, clean drinking water.
Imagine H2O (IH2O) is a nonprofit organization that empowers people to develop and deploy innovation to solve water challenges globally. IH2O champions a diverse range of solutions from smart flood control to trenchless technology. Since 2009, the organization has helped over 136 startups with practical insights, a global network and pilot funding to build sustainable businesses and accelerate growth. In that timeframe, more than 1,100 startups from 500 countries have applied to IH2O’s innovation programs – Imagine H2O Flagship Accelerator, Imagine H2O Asia Accelerator and the Urban Water Challenge. Learn more at https://www.imagineh2o.org/.
Daniel Zillante, CEO & Co-founder of Zilper Trenchless, discusses the economic advantages of Trenchless Technology when laying water pipes underground.
Amrit Om Nayak, CEO & Co-founder of Indra Water, discusses testing its ‘wastewater treatment system in a box,’ with five universities in Mumbai.
Erin Rothman, CEO & Co-founder of StormSensor explains the ‘google traffic map’ for sewers and stormwater, currently piloting in flood-prone New Jersey.