International Water Innovation Summit in CLE

May 2 & 3 event to feature top water experts and teams competing for $100k in prizesCLEVELAND, Ohio (April 10, 2017) – 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, will present a first-ever Erie Hack Competition and Water Innovation Summit.Erie Hack is a tech-driven international water innovation competition and accelerator program that will culminate in this two-day summit at the Global Center for Health Innovation on May 2 & 3. Participants will present innovative solutions to Challenge Statements around Lake Erie such as algal blooms and urban pollution.“We’re excited to present this competition and summit that we believe will bring brilliant ideas to water innovation and put the spotlight on Cleveland,’’ CWA executive director Bryan Stubbs said. “The goal is to raise awareness about our precious freshwater resource and turn the teams’ big ideas into start-ups that will drive innovation and economic development in Northeast Ohio and the Lake Erie region.”Eight teams will compete for a grand prize of $40,000 in cash at the finals in Cleveland. These finalists will include the highest-scoring teams from the quarterfinals in Cleveland and our partner cities of Toledo, Buffalo and Detroit/Windsor. The next four to six highest-scoring teams from any city also qualify. (Teams from Erie, Pa., are also competing.) Total cash and accelerator services awarded will total $100,000, which can be used to launch a company.Teams will present their solutions on Day 2 of the Summit, which will be filled with engaging speakers and judges, such as Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory, and former co-founder Jeff Hoffman. The summit will feature panels on topics such as the role of new innovation and technology and entrepreneurship to solve our water challenges.The Erie Hack is an opportunity to drive innovation in the water technology sector and engage young people in the creation of the emerging “Blue Economy.” The event is hosted and sponsored by The Cleveland Water Alliance in collaboration with Digital C as well as local champions, startup incubators and accelerators, and funders from each of Lake Erie’s major metropolitan areas [Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Windsor, Erie, and Toledo]. Key partners include NASA GRC, the University at Buffalo, Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University, IBM, GE, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cleveland Metroparks, Wayne State University, the University of Toledo, TechTown Detroit, LaunchPad Incubation at the University of Toledo, Thinkbox, HIMSS, Great Lakes Science Center, WEtech Alliance, Innovation Collaborative in Erie and the Blackstone LaunchPad in Buffalo.Key sponsors include the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cleveland Division of Water, AT&T, GLOS and HIMSS Innovation Center. Significant support also comes from The George Gund Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation and the Burton D Morgan Foundation.The Summit is open to everyone and people can register at Event Brite or at our web site: For more information on Cleveland Water Alliance or Erie Hack, follow us at or on Twitter @ErieHackAbout Erie Hack: This is a tech-driven international water innovation competition and accelerator program that will bring together coders, developers, engineers, data experts, and water professionals to generate creative solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges. The competition, which will award more than $100,000 in cash and accelerator services to up to four winning teams and one high school team, focuses on creating publicly accessible mobile apps, open data and new technology and solutions to elevate the value of clean water and leverage its potential to drive the economy of the Great Lakes Region.About the Cleveland Water Alliance: Established in 2014, CWA is a non-profit organization that seeks to better utilize the economic and job-creating potential of Lake Erie while also urging greater care of this valuable, natural asset. We are working to bring together Northeast Ohio’s water providers, business and political leaders, researchers and environmental organizations to establish Cleveland as a nationally recognized center for water innovation