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The Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA) coordinates a growing network of corporations, universities, research institutions, public agencies, and utilities dedicated to the expansion of the region’s water innovation ecosystem, or “blue economy”: an emergent economic sector dedicated to the sustainable stewardship of bodies of freshwater around the globe through innovation. With our network partners, CWA seeks to accelerate innovation, increase collaborative research, advocate for sound policy, and educate stakeholders and the public on freshwater preservation in general, and the vitality of Lake Erie in particular.

21 percent of the world's fresh water is in the Great Lakes
4.9 billion people will experience severe water shortage by 2050
1.5 million jobs in the Great Lakes region rely on our freshwater resource
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The Internet of H2O Challenge, organized by the Cleveland Water Alliance in partnership with DigitalC and US Ignite, sought to develop a robust and resilient nutrient monitoring program with the potential to scale across the Great Lakes. Five teams competed for the $50,000 of cash prizes, decided by judges comprised of industry leaders and government managers.

We are please to announce the winning team, Team GLASS. The team was a collaborative effort between H2Ometrics, OHM Advisors, Green Eyes, and HESCO. Together, the team delivered a robust, scalable, interoperable, real-time nutrient monitoring system. The team members offered unique expertise and access to technologies that allowed for advanced nutrient detection, telemetry, cloud data analytics, and system integration.The technology demonstrated for the competition included the Green Eye Science NewLAB automated chemical measurement system, Trimble Telog remote telemetry units to collect and transmit the data to the could, and the H2Ometrics platform for data monitoring and analytics.

ERIEHACK.IO a smashing success!!!


The Cleveland Water Alliance, in conjunction with numerous partners from throughout the Lake Erie basin, including NASA Glenn Research Center and the Great Lakes Observing System, presented $100K in cash and prizes to four winning teams at the Erie Hack Competition and Water Innovation Summit on May 3, 2017!

The $40,000 cash grand-prize winner of the Erie Hack, a tech-driven international water innovation competition and accelerator program, was Mirco Buoy, a team out of Wayne State University in Detroit. Its creation is a nano-sensor, contained in a buoy, that can detect environmental contaminants in the water. In addition, the team receives $10,000 in support services.

Other winners are:

4th: Purily, University of Michigan: $5,000 cash + $1,500 support services
3rd: Water Warriors, University of Akron: $10,000 cash + $5k support services
2nd: Extreme Comms Laboratory (University of Buffalo): $15,000 cash + $10K support services

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