#Hack4Water - Disruptive Technology for Disruptive Innovation
#Hack4Water is an innovation format initiated by the Swiss Cleantech21 foundation. It is based on the successful #Hack4Climate, which was developed in 2017 and included the first-ever hackathon held in cooperation with a COP climate conference. Like #Hack4Climate, #Hack4Water is focused on the application of 3 disruptive technologies: Internet of Things (IoT), Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT, aka ‘blockchain’) and Artificial Intelligence (‘AI’). Its objective is to mobilise the technology community to engage in innovation for the water sector. The 3 organisations Cleantech21, GIZ, and SIWI have concluded a partnership for the further development of #Hack4Water. They plan to refine the #Hack4Water and engage additional partners (NGOs, firms). This includes the definition of ‘challenge areas’ in cooperation with partners who offer specific knowhow and experience. The challenges specify a problem set and a solution-approach to address it. They are posted to a community of developers and experts for further refinement. The challenge definitions are then frozen and worked on as part of a hackathon, which shall be held for the first time during World Water Week 2019. The #Hack4Water format may be extended to also include an accelerator-type program to further support the leading teams/challenges selected during the hackathon.