May 11 2021


Internet of Water De Nora Idea Challenge Winners Announced

Water is our most precious resource. We need it to be available always, everywhere, and anytime. Yet around the world, many areas experience water scarcity; furthermore, ensuring proper water quality is a difficult and tremendous challenge.  This is not just about everyday drinking water- think about the wastewater we release into the grid, or that we use for irrigation and industrial processes. We need to control those water “fingerprints” too!

De Nora is committed to integrating digital innovation within the water treatment industry for a cleaner, safer, smarter tomorrow. This commitment led to the creation of the Internet of Water (IOW) De Nora Idea Challenge. For the past few months 14 teams, comprised of members around the world, came together and presented ideas within the following categories:
•    Water Quality & Availability
•    Business Model Innovation
•    Digitally Enhanced Water Treatment
•    Simplification of Design, Operations & Maintenance

The competition was an enormous success and here are the results: 
First Place goes to Team SUIG!
Project: De Nora Tracking and Augmented Manual (D-TAM)
Kate Rushton
Mahabir Gupta
Bridget Oduro

Second Place goes to Team Dr. Water
Project: A cost-effective automated early heavy metal warning system
Shengcun Ma
Yiqun Gan
Minhao Xiao
Fan Yang
Yiming Liu

Third Place goes to Team ImmRI Hydro
Project: SMART MicroChem®
Adebayo OluwaTobi Kazeem
Yusuf Dosunmu
Sydney (Chukwuebuka) Okoroafor
uchenna Apugo

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our participants on their hard work and dedication to the competition and creative solutions.

A special thanks to our judges for evaluating the projects with technical, environmental, business and uniqueness external perspectives:
Prof. Gianluca Salviotti
Prof. Paul Westerhoff
Shirley Ben-Dak
Dr. Chee Meng Pang

To De Nora’s Mentors for their fundamental contributions and help to the teams:

Andrew Boal 
Luca D'Antonio 
Stan Shmia 
John Ong 
Kurt Agricola 
Dana Casbeer
Nick Armstrong
Cristian Carboni
Ray Mahoney
Elias Greige
Daniel Tan
John Ong
Alex Bettinardi 
Tom Muilenberg
David Kueh
Bill Stewart

And finally, to De Nora’s coordination core team-Daryl Weatherup, Batina Aloisi, Ben Gillis, Luca D’Antonio, Gianluca Fazio, Filippo Ronzani- for their outstanding work in managing the idea challenge!

For more information about the competition and to read all of the Executive Summaries, please visit: Internet of Water De Nora’s Idea Challenge