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The Cleveland Water Alliance is a non-profit organization that joins Northeast Ohio corporations, universities and government agencies to drive economic development through water innovation and promote the value of water to our region.

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 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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