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What is the  De Nora Idea Challenge?

This is a call to PhD studentsstart-ups, entrepreneurs, engineers, marketers, UI/UX designers, data scientists, software developers, and environmental enthusiasts, to make an impact while competing for cool prizes. Ignite forward change by developing ideas on how to leverage digital technologies (e.g. mobile apps, IoT, AR/VR, big data and analytics, etc.) within the water and wastewater treatment industry that will benefit our community and customers.

As a leading company within the water treatment sector, De Nora invites you to join our Idea Challenge to contribute your innovative, digitally-driven ideas to wake up the water space!

How to participate?

Register your innovative Idea

Disrupt water technology in one of the 4 challenge categories! You can participate individually or in a team.

Get the De Nora Starter Kit documentation

If selected, you will be provided with all the tools that will guide you during the 8 week challenge.

PARTICIPATE IN OUR ACCELERATION PROGRAM!

Work together with De Nora and your team for a grand total prize-pool of US$12.000!

These are the challenges

Water Quality and Availability

  • Real-time monitoring and identification of contaminated water sources
  • Tracking degradation over time of disinfectants, ensuring compliance to regulations 
Learn more!

Water is our most precious resource, yet across the world, many regions are challenged with water scarcity and poor water quality. Digital innovation, such as big data analysis or digital tracking, can be a critical driver in addressing many of the big challenges within the water sector:

  • Water quality monitoring in real-time with a spatial resolution

  • Identification of water sources affected by emerging contaminants (e.g. PFAS, arsenic)

  • Degradation over time of disinfectants, such as bleach, yielding unwanted byproducts

  • Ensuring compliance with water quality standards set and continuously updated by legislators

Business model Innovation

  • Consumption data-driven subscription-based water treatment
  • Crowdsourced data for viable profit models in third-world countries

 

Learn more!

Each water source has its own “fingerprint”. Customers of treatment technologies are challenged with ensuring the accurate water quality is met, based on the specific sector and application (e.g. drinking water, irrigation, wastewater discharge, etc.). Given that expensive water treatment equipment is just a mean to obtain a result, there is an opportunity to leverage subscription-based business models enabled by digital technologies.

In addition, today the water industry is designed for developed countries, where a large water infrastructure serves millions of people. However, billions of people in the world still lack access to basic water and sanitation, or WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) global issue. Mobile water treatment devices are available, but they are costly to the manufacturer and the end customers. Therefore, crowdsourced data and supply chain innovations can be key in making these small water projects more attractive and economically viable.

Digitally-enhanced Water Treatment

  • AI-based process optimization to daily, weekly or seasonal water quality fluctuations
  • Data-driven decisional support systems and remote monitoring & control
Learn more!

Water usage and treatment follow cyclical patterns that can vary on an hourly, daily, weekly, or seasonal basis. Water treatment capabilities are designed with maximum usage in mind, but equipment and chemical consumption used varies based on the real-time demand. Artificial intelligence systems can enable the monitoring and forecasting of the actual treatment demand. Based on such information, autonomous or supportive decision-making systems, could effectively maximize efficiency, prolong asset life, and reduce the waste of chemical generators, like Capital Controls® Ozone Generators. Also, these smart systems would simplify operations and enable remote monitoring capabilities.

Simplification of Design, Operations & Maintenance

  • Interactive technology selection and configurator tools
  • User-friendly customer experience via data-driven warnings and dashboarding
Learn more!

Many different water treatment technologies are available in the industry, customers have often challenged in understanding which one is the most effective. The technology selection process can benefit from equipment selection tools that: address the right combination of chemicals; evaluate the pros and cons of one solution versus another; propose a series of standard options.

Operating water treatment equipment means constantly finding solutions to fluctuating water quality. However, most equipment does not have the ability to store the memory of previously addressed conditions that may occur again. A smart user interface for dashboarding and recommendation of solutions can simplify the customer experience, reduce downtime, and technical assistance requests.

Water treatment equipment, such as the De Nora ClorTec®, is designed with many parts making it difficult to know when to maintenance or replace critical parts. The integration of data-driven warnings to help customers know when to proactively change out parts before potential failures are both a time-saving and cost-saving value.

Learn more!

Water is our most precious resource, yet across the world, many regions are challenged with water scarcity and poor water quality. Digital innovation, such as big data analysis or digital tracking, can be a critical driver in addressing many of the big challenges within the water sector:

  • Water quality monitoring in real-time with a spatial resolution

  • Identification of water sources affected by emerging contaminants (e.g. PFAS, arsenic)

  • Degradation over time of disinfectants, such as bleach, yielding unwanted byproducts

  • Ensuring compliance with water quality standards set and continuously updated by legislators

Learn more!

Each water source has its own “fingerprint”. Customers of treatment technologies are challenged with ensuring the accurate water quality is met, based on the specific sector and application (e.g. drinking water, irrigation, wastewater discharge, etc.). Given that expensive water treatment equipment is just a mean to obtain a result, there is an opportunity to leverage subscription-based business models enabled by digital technologies.

In addition, today the water industry is designed for developed countries, where a large water infrastructure serves millions of people. However, billions of people in the world still lack access to basic water and sanitation, or WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) global issue. Mobile water treatment devices are available, but they are costly to the manufacturer and the end customers. Therefore, crowdsourced data and supply chain innovations can be key in making these small water projects more attractive and economically viable.

Learn more!

Water usage and treatment follow cyclical patterns that can vary on an hourly, daily, weekly, or seasonal basis. Water treatment capabilities are designed with maximum usage in mind, but equipment and chemical consumption used varies based on the real-time demand. Artificial intelligence systems can enable the monitoring and forecasting of the actual treatment demand. Based on such information, autonomous or supportive decision-making systems, could effectively maximize efficiency, prolong asset life, and reduce the waste of chemical generators, like Capital Controls® Ozone Generators. Also, these smart systems would simplify operations and enable remote monitoring capabilities.

Learn more!

Many different water treatment technologies are available in the industry, customers have often challenged in understanding which one is the most effective. The technology selection process can benefit from equipment selection tools that: address the right combination of chemicals; evaluate the pros and cons of one solution versus another; propose a series of standard options.

Operating water treatment equipment means constantly finding solutions to fluctuating water quality. However, most equipment does not have the ability to store the memory of previously addressed conditions that may occur again. A smart user interface for dashboarding and recommendation of solutions can simplify the customer experience, reduce downtime, and technical assistance requests.

Water treatment equipment, such as the De Nora ClorTec®, is designed with many parts making it difficult to know when to maintenance or replace critical parts. The integration of data-driven warnings to help customers know when to proactively change out parts before potential failures are both a time-saving and cost-saving value.

GET YOUR TEAM READY TO PARTICIPATE!

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REGISTER TODAY TO THIS AMAZING EVENT AND WIN UP TO US$12,000*!

*Prizes will be given as Cheque or in Amazon gift cards depending on local laws.

 Prize-pool!

Up to US$12,000 in prizes =)

Confirmed  judges!

Paul Westerhoff is a Regents Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and member of the civil, environmental and sustainable engineering faculty, at Arizona State University.

Paul Westerhoff

Regents Professor, Arizona State University

Filippo Ronzani is the Manager of Innovation and Open Innovation at De Nora, a role assumed in 2020 after five years dedicated to supporting De Nora with technology scouting, technology intelligence, and open innovation. Filippo holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry.

Filippo Ronzani

Manager of Innovation and Open Innovation , De Nora

General Manager of the Global Disinfection & Filtration business unit at De Nora. Expert in clean technology and environmental services. Graduate of Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business and the University of California, College of Engineering.

Daryl Weatherup

General Manager of the Global Disinfection & Filtration, De Nora

Gianluca Salviotti, PhD, teaches Digital Transformation and Innovation at SDA Bocconi School of Management, where he is co-founder and managing director of the Digital Enterprise Value and Organization (DEVO) Lab.

Dr Gianluca Salviotti

Associate Professor of Practice, Digital Transformation, SDA Bocconi School of Management

Since 2016, Shirley has led the SWAN Forum’s innovation and strategic-led activities, helping to
expand SWAN’s regional and global presence. She recently completed the preparation of the
organization’s new 5-Year Strategy to further accelerate the global smart water sector.

Shirley Ben-Dak

VP Strategy & Innovation, SWAN

Dr Pang Chee Meng is currently the Chief Engineering and Technology Officer of PUB,
Singapore’s National Water Agency. In this role, he leads PUB’s Technology Department to
administer its R&D program for the development and application of new water technologies in
the entire water cycle.

Dr Pang Chee Meng

Chief Engineering & Technology Officer, PUB, the National Water Agency

Who can participate?

 

We’re looking for brilliant start-ups, entrepreneurs, marketers, UI/UX designers, data scientists, software developers, engineers, and environmental enthusiasts!

STARTUPS

ENGINEERS

UI/UX DESIGNERS

DATA SCIENTISTS

SW DEVELOPERS

PhD Students

FAQs

What is the goal of the De Nora Idea Challenge?

The main goal is to get together with start-ups, entrepreneurs, engineers, marketers, UI/UX designers, data scientists, software developers, and environmental enthusiasts, to make an impact while competing for cool prizes! Ignite forward change by developing ideas on how to leverage digital technologies (e.g. mobile apps, IoT, AR/VR, big data and analytics, etc.) within the water and wastewater treatment industry that will benefit our community and customers.

Is still not clear, not a problem! write all your questions HERE

How many people can my team have?

The maximum amount of team members is 5. Invite your colleagues to participate with you!

Hey but, I don’t have a team.

Flying SOLO? No problem! Register as an individual and during the registration period we will be constantly conducting a skills screening of the registrants and, if we think other registrants would be perfect to team up with you, we’ll contact you directly to start together with the team-matching process.

If you manage to make a team after registering as an individual, please let us know via email at michele@kreativdistrikt.com or HERE

Do I have to pay to partecipate in this event?

Absolutely not! The IoW De Nora Idea Challenge is completely FREE! All you need is to register today RIGHT HERE on this website. 

I have a great idea but, how do I register it?

Great news! You can REGISTER HERE on this website your idea by filling up the registration form. Register today!

How do I know if my registration was successful?

You will receive a confirmation email as soon as you register with more information about the next steps. Check your SPAM folder just in case =)

Who can participate?

In order to participate in this event, you must be 18 years of age or older.

PARTICIPANTS RESIDENT OR DOMICILED IN USA; CANADA; EUROPEAN UNION; UK; ISRAEL; AND SINGAPORE WILL BE PREFERRED OVER THE REST OF THE WORLD DURING THE SELECTION PHASE.

PARTICIPATION IS NOT ALLOWED TO Individuals resident or domiciled in Afghanistan; Belarus; Burundi; Central African Republic; Côte d’Ivoire; Crimea Region; Cuba; Cyprus; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Eritrea; Fiji; Haiti; Iran; Iraq; Kyrgyzstan; Laos; Lebanon; Liberia; Libya; Myanmar; North Korea; Palestinian Territories; Russia; Rwanda; Somalia; South Sudan; Sudan; Syria; Venezuela; Yemen; Zimbabwe.

Judges or organizations or individuals or whoever is involved or working in the organization/promotion of the challenge, including family members and related.

Where and when will the event take place?

We understand the current situation so please #Stayinside. This is a 100% virtual event and if your idea is selected, you will be working on an online platform. Timing, deadlines and more information about the challenge will be provided if selected.

My profile is not related to Waste Water treatment.

Not a problem! We need brilliant start-ups, entrepreneurs, marketers, UI/UX designers, data scientists, software developers, engineers, and environmental enthusiasts to compete on the Internet of Water De Nora Idea Challenge.

What do I need to participate in the event?

You just need your computer and an internet connection, plus lots of coffee =). REGISTER TODAY! 

Who owns my project intellectual property?

All participants own any rights to the projects they create.

Notwithstanding the above, with the acceptance of the IoW De Nora Challenge Terms and Conditions you will declare that you will discuss, should your project be selected for a final prize or a work collaboration with De Nora, a license or a transfer of ownership of the project according to the conditions that will be mutually agreed within a separate agreement.

And what will the prizes be?

We have an amazing prize-pool of a grand total of $12,000.00 USD!!!

The Winner will get $6,000.00 USD (or amazon voucher where the cash prize is prohibited)

The Runner-up will receive $4,000.00 USD (or amazon voucher where the cash prize is prohibited)

The 3rd place gets $2,000.00 USD (or amazon voucher where the cash prize is prohibited)

What are you waiting for, SIGN UP TODAY!

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