Explore active blue tech projects and opportunities at SRC18
Over the last century, the global per capita rate of water use has doubled, leading the United Nations to project that the demand for water will exceed supply as early as 2025. Exacerbating the situation are sector-specific issues like aging infrastructure, scarce drinking water, stormwater and wastewater management challenges, groundwater contamination, water-related disaster response, and a changing climate.
Thankfully, there’s an abundance of opportunity in the water sector to leverage smart technologies, policies and strategies to address these wicked problems. Collaborative approaches in particular will increase our chances of successfully deploying solutions. Venture Smarter is taking the lead by acting as a connector between governments, businesses, and universities that are researching, planning, funding, and building smart cities and connected communities that put people and our most precious resource -- water -- first.
I encourage you to check out some of the projects we're supporting and opportunities available in the immediate, and I invite to join the conversation on blue tech at the Smart Regions Conference on the horizon.
PROJECTS IN H2O:
The New York Smart Stormwater Management Project seeks to reach 100% reduction of CSOs by creating a citywide systems approach around CSO-sheds and leveraging active citizen participation and innovative stormwater technologies.
The Greater PHX Smart Region - in collaboration with Arizona State University (ASU), Trane, and other industry partners - seeks to leverage Smart Water technologies that enable leak detection.
Representing a coalition of key stakeholders across the Lake Erie Basin, Team Smart Lake is working on building next generation infrastructure - composed of distributed sensors, networked telemetry, and advanced analytics - for our common water resource.
The Triangle Area Water Supply Monitoring Project (TAWSMP) is a collaborative group with a well-established, regional network of streamflow gauges that provide critical, real-time information for water suppliers, planners, recreational users, and emergency response agencies.
OPPORTUNITIES IN H2O:
The United States Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center (USCG RDC) in conjunction with the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is seeking new concepts for a solution that helps make people lost in the water easier to find and rescue. The best concepts will be effective, affordable, and hold the potential for wide adoption by recreational mariners and boaters.
Projects that promote regional economic development can capitalize upon the unique strengths of specific rural areas. USDA Rural Development helps finance these projects by helping applicants overcome multi-jurisdictional challenges and by helping leverage federal, state, local or private funding.
Supported by a coalition of regional cities, utilities, universities, and startup organizations, Pipeline H2O is looking for companies working on water technologies that solve various aspects of the world’s water issues such as infrastructure improvements, water reuse, wastewater treatment and monitoring.