Xylem Global Student Innovation Challenge 2021

<p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-size: 24px;"><span style="color: rgb(84, 172, 210);">This innovation challenge is open to high school (or equivalent) and undergraduate (or equivalent) students. Participants must be between 1<strong>3 and 23 years of age</strong> to participate. See&nbsp;</span></span></em><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fl4shHal2sou5-lhHy7e0ie1vKk3TpR4/view?usp=sharing" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><u><span style="font-size: 24px;"><span style="color: rgb(84, 172, 210);">Official Rules</span></span></u></a><em><span style="font-size: 24px;"><span style="color: rgb(84, 172, 210);">&nbsp;for full details of eligibility.</span></span></em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-size: 24px;"><span style="color: rgb(84, 172, 210);"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><em><strong>If a participant is under 18 years of age</strong>, a&nbsp;</em><em><u><a class="fr-strong" href="http://bit.ly/xylemconsentform" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></u></em><u><a class="fr-strong" href="http://bit.ly/xylemconsentform" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></u></span></span></span></em><span style="font-size: 24px;"><span style="color: rgb(84, 172, 210);"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><u><a class="fr-strong" href="http://bit.ly/xylemconsentform" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></u><u><a class="fr-strong" href="http://bit.ly/xylemconsentform" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></u><u><a class="fr-strong" href="http://bit.ly/xylemconsentform" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Parent/Guardian Consent &amp; Release form</a></u><u><a class="fr-strong" href="http://bit.ly/xylemconsentform" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></u><u><a class="fr-strong" href="http://bit.ly/xylemconsentform" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></u></span></span></span><em><span style="font-size: 24px;"><span style="color: rgb(84, 172, 210);"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><u><a class="fr-strong" href="http://bit.ly/xylemconsentform" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></u><em><u><a class="fr-strong" href="http://bit.ly/xylemconsentform" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></u>&nbsp;</em><em>must be submitted. Failure to do so will result in disqualification of participation at the Xylem Global Student Innovation Challenge 2021.</em></span></span></span></em></p><h1><br></h1><h1><span style="font-size: 48px;">Xylem Innovation Challenge</span></h1><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Water impacts our lives every day, from meeting our personal needs to influencing the global economy and the well-being of our planet. Factors like climate change, pollution and aging infrastructure threaten global water supplies and water security. At the Xylem Global Student Innovation Challenge, we are asking you to be a part of the solution!</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">During the 8-week event, you will develop a project on a water challenge in teams of up to 5 students, with separate prizes available for the winners of the high school and university tracks. Throughout the process, engage with mentors and participate in webinars with industry-leading individuals in Xylem and the water community.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">In connection with this challenge, Xylem has teamed up with experts in the field from industry and academia to bring you our inaugural Water MasterClass, a series of engaging video classes that allows you to learn a range of important water topics from water sustainability to design thinking from experts in the field.</span></p><p><br></p><h1><span style="font-size: 48px;">The Challenges</span></h1><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Your innovation challenge project should address one of the following challenge statements:</span></p><h1><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(243, 121, 52);">Challenge Statement #1 - Reducing the Water Footprint of Everyday Products</span></strong></span></h1><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Many of us have never thought about the water required to produce everyday products. Consider this: what water footprint does your favorite product leave behind? Are your favorite products created with water conservation or sustainability in mind?</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">1. Analyze the life-cycle water consumption, including the sourcing, manufacturing, production, and marketing processes, for one of the following consumer products:</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp; &nbsp;- Smartphone</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp; &nbsp;- Leather bag or shoes</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp; &nbsp;- Electric car</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp; &nbsp;- A product of your choice</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">2. Develop a solution to reduce the product&rsquo;s water footprint; or that of one of its components.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">3. Analyze the benefits of your solutions to the consumer, manufacturer, seller, and community.&nbsp;</span></p><p><meta charset="utf-8"></p><p><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1joD8dKG4fn9_ypRSnnmxgl9GAbUwsdTO/view?usp=sharing" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="box-sizing: inherit; background-color: transparent; color: var(--main-color-dark); line-height: inherit; text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer; outline-width: 0px;" target="_blank"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; font-size: 18px;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(44, 130, 201);"><u style="box-sizing: inherit;"><em>Detailed Challenge Statement #1</em></u></span></span></a></p><p><a href="https://xyleminnovationchallenge-platform.bemyapp.com/#/conference/606b560821f99300192ee6b8" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="box-sizing: inherit; background-color: transparent; color: var(--main-color); line-height: inherit; text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer;" target="_blank"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; font-size: 18px;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(44, 130, 201);"><u style="box-sizing: inherit;"><em>Challenge #1 Introduction Video</em></u></span></span></a></p><h1><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(243, 121, 52);">Challenge Statement #2 - Gaming for Water with EarthEcho</span></strong></span></h1><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Do you have a passion for games? The EarthEcho Water Challenge is one of the world&rsquo;s largest community science programs empowering more than 1.6 million young people and community members in 146 countries to connect with and protect their local waterways. EarthEcho&rsquo;s volunteers monitor water quality in their communities, share their findings through a global online database, and use the data collected to develop projects to protect water resources.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Create a game to bring more awareness to the public understanding of surface water quality and engage community members in protecting their water resources. How can you utilize EarthEcho&rsquo;s datasets or other publicly sourced data sets on water quality? Can you connect people to their local surface water using the mobile device they use everyday?</span></p><p><meta charset="utf-8"></p><p><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pvFNYtqpGlMExAF8vHnTgPmL23zlH7CZ/view?usp=sharing" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="box-sizing: inherit; background-color: transparent; color: var(--main-color-dark); line-height: inherit; text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer; outline-width: 0px;" target="_blank"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; font-size: 18px;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(44, 130, 201);"><u style="box-sizing: inherit;"><em>Detailed Challenge Statement #2</em></u></span></span></a></p><p><a href="https://xyleminnovationchallenge-platform.bemyapp.com/#/conference/606b588521f99300192ee6ff" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="box-sizing: inherit; background-color: transparent; color: var(--main-color); line-height: inherit; text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer;" target="_blank"><u style="box-sizing: inherit;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; font-size: 18px;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(44, 130, 201);"><em>Challenge #2 Introduction Video</em></span></span></u></a></p><h1><strong><span style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(243, 121, 52);">Challenge Statement #3 - Urban Flood Prediction</span></strong></h1><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">As extreme weather and rain events become more frequent due to climate change, waterways and drainage systems can become overloaded by an influx of water. This results in flooding that can potentially cause massive property damage and even loss of life. According to the <a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/147-billion-people-face-flood-risk-worldwide-over-third-it-could-be-devastating" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">World Bank</a>, about 1.5 billion people globally face flood risk. The problem intensifies in urban environments with dense populations and infrastructure. It is imperative for us to have better solutions to predict and manage floods.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Take on this challenge to examine datasets including rainfall, snowfall, temperature, humidity, weather events, surface elevation, sewer depths and flow from sensors installed in sewers. Predict flood event occurrence and sewer system peak depth by creating models utilizing AI/ML or other appropriate technology. Create marketable applications that may include enhancing public engagement and awareness or infrastructure planning.</span></p><p><meta charset="utf-8"></p><p><u style="box-sizing: inherit;"><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/19tnDPBsWixI-QR1MBvkCYvPKGpwBbgUw/view?usp=sharing" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="box-sizing: inherit; background-color: transparent; color: var(--main-color); line-height: inherit; text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer;" target="_blank"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; font-size: 18px; color: rgb(44, 130, 201);"><em>Detailed Challenge Statement #3</em></span></a></u><em><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(44, 130, 201);"><u style="box-sizing: inherit;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</span></u></span></em></p><p><a href="https://xyleminnovationchallenge-platform.bemyapp.com/#/conference/606b590521f99300192ee707" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="box-sizing: inherit; background-color: transparent; color: var(--main-color-dark); line-height: inherit; text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer; outline-width: 0px;" target="_blank"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; font-size: 18px;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(44, 130, 201);"><u style="box-sizing: inherit;"><em>Challenge #3 Introduction Video</em></u></span></span></a></p><h1><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(243, 121, 52);">Challenge Statement #4 - What if you lived on Mars?</span></strong></span></h1><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">The world held its breath on February 18, 2021 as the Perseverance rover made its risky landing in Jezero Crater. It is believed that <a href="https://news.brown.edu/articles/2015/03/jezero" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">four billion</a> years ago, water existed somewhere within this wide expanse of dust and rocks. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">The ability to harness water on Mars is critical to the tantalizing possibility of human exploration. On the other side of the planet from Jezero Crater lies Mars&rsquo; Arcadia Planitia plain. Here, scientists have evidence that water exists just below the surface as ice. Imagine that a series of unmanned missions have set up a base camp within Arcadia Planitia. You are part of an initial exploration team of 5 people who arrive to further investigate the area, and to develop an infrastructure plan to support a growing population.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Your challenge is to make life sustainable on Mars for 100 scientists, engineers and designers that will be arriving in the years to come. Create a water budget to determine how, where and when to allocate water resources throughout the self-sustaining community.&nbsp;</span></p><p><meta charset="utf-8"></p><p><u style="box-sizing: inherit;"><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RB1dP-2Bl3b2cWzH4fTf27GQkuKkcqlZ/view?usp=sharing" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="box-sizing: inherit; background-color: transparent; color: var(--main-color-dark); line-height: inherit; text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer; outline-width: 0px;" target="_blank"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; font-size: 18px;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(44, 130, 201);"><em>Detailed Challenge Statement #4</em></span></span></a></u></p><p><a href="https://xyleminnovationchallenge-platform.bemyapp.com/#/conference/606b597621f99300192ee70f" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="box-sizing: inherit; background-color: transparent; color: var(--main-color); line-height: inherit; text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer;" target="_blank"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(44, 130, 201);"><u style="box-sizing: inherit;"><span style="box-sizing: inherit; font-size: 18px;"><em>Challenge #4 Introduction Video</em></span></u></span></a></p><p><br></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><em><strong>&nbsp;</strong></em><em><span style="color: rgb(243, 121, 52);">** Please note that there are detailed challenge statements and challenge statement videos available to provide more context. You can access the detailed challenge statements and the challenge videos</span></em><em>&nbsp;</em><a href="https://xyleminnovationchallenge-platform.bemyapp.com/#/insights/605b7e67dcd76d00192a5365" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><u><em>HERE</em></u></a><em>!</em></span></p><p><br></p><h1><span style="font-size: 48px;">The Schedule</span></h1><p><span style="font-size: 24px;"><strong><em>INNOVATION CHALLENGE KICKOFF</em></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Wednesday | February 24, 202</span>1 -&nbsp;</strong>The innovation challenge registration officially begins!</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="font-size: 24px;"><em>DEEP LEARNING AND WATER EDUCATION</em></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Water MasterClass:</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">TBC | Early April&nbsp;</span>- Xylem launches 10-episode Water MasterClass for students to learn about global water challenges and solutions</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Innovation Challenge Kickoff Webinars:</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Thursday | April 1 @ 3:00 pm PT / 6:00 pm EDT / 22:00 UTC</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Opening Ceremony and Innovation Challenge Overview. Welcome message from Claudia Toussaint, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Sustainability Officer at Xylem.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Learn about the innovation challenge, how to win a challenge and presentation/demo tips with BeMyApp.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Saturday | April 10 @ 7:00 am PDT / 10:00 am EDT / 14:00 UTC</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Join this webinar to form teams live!</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Thursday, April 22 @ 7:00 am PDT / 10:00 am EDT / 14:00 UTC</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Dive into the &ldquo;Digital Water&rdquo; revolution with Tim Braun, VP &amp; Enterprise Architect for &nbsp;Xylem Vue and Ting Lu, Business Practice Leader at Clean Water Services (Challenge Statement #3).</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Pre-Recorded | April 30</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">What makes a product sustainable? Tour Xylem&rsquo;s facilities in Emmaboda and Sundbyberg, Sweden and hear from Xylem&rsquo;s sustainability leaders, including Austin Alexander, VP, Sustainability; Veronica Jergelind, Director, Global Product Sustainability; Greg Mimms, VP, Environment, Health and Safety; and Asad Choudry, Global Product Manager. (Challenge Statement #1).</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Thursday | May 6 @ 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm EDT / 23:00 UTC</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Hear about current efforts for bringing humanity to Mars, and how water hunting is involved, with Vera Mulyani, CEO and Founder of Mars City Design (Challenge Statement #4).</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Tuesday | May 11 @ 5:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm EDT / 00:00 UTC&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Learn about water quality and climate change community engagement with EarthEcho founder Philippe Cousteau Jr. and Rayan Krishnan (Challenge Statement #2).</span></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><span style="font-size: 24px;"><strong><em>PROJECT DEVELOPMENT &amp; DEADLINES</em></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">April 5, 2021 - May 28, 2021</span></strong> | Have fun innovating!</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Pitch Practice / Crash Test Webinar:</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Saturday | April 17 @ 7:00 am PDT / 10:00 am EDT / 14:00 UTC</span> - Join us for a live webinar to share your project status, interact directly with mentors and get valuable feedback!</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Registration:</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Monday | April 5</span></strong> - Individual registration for the innovation challenge closes at 11:59 pm PT / 2:59 am ET / 6:59 UTC</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Monday | April 12</span></strong> - Team Registration closes - all teams must register their team on the event platform by 11:59 pm PT / 2:59 am ET / 6:59 UTC</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Project Deadline:</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Friday | May 28 @ 11:59 pm PT / 2:59 am ET / 6:59 UTC</span></strong> - All final presentation videos and projects must be submitted by <strong>11:59pm PST / 2:59 am ET / 6:59 UTC</strong> in order to qualify for the innovation challenge. Late submissions will not be accepted.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="font-size: 24px;"><strong><em>POST EVENT</em></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">June 1 - June 6</span> |</strong> Judges Review Projects</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Winners Announced:</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Friday | June 11</span></strong> - Winners announced! &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">TBC | Mid June</span><span style="font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;- The winning teams will be recognized during a virtual awards ceremony with Xylem</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">June and July</span> - The top teams from each track will be invited to apply for the Xylem Ignite Innovation Incubator, to further develop your projects</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">August 6 - August 8</span> | The first prize winners will be invited to present their projects as part of EarthEcho&rsquo;s Youth Leadership Summit.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="font-size: 48px;">About Xylem</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to solving critical water and infrastructure challenges with innovation. Our more than 16,000 diverse employees delivered revenue of $4.88 billion in 2020. We are creating a more sustainable world by enabling our customers to optimize water and resource management, and helping communities in more than 150 countries become water-secure. Join us at&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.xylem.com/en-us" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 18px;">www.xylem.com</span></a><span style="font-size: 18px;">.</span></p>