Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge:
The Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge is a joint initiative led by MEDRC and The Research Council Oman with funding provided by The Sultan Qaboos Higher Center for Culture and Science.
The challenge seeks to create a hand-held, stand-alone, low-cost, desalination device for short-term use and rapid deployment following a humanitarian crises.
Access to clean fresh drinking water following a disaster is critical to health and survival. Current relief response measures often rely on transporting massive quantities of bottled water into the affected population or distributing water purification devices or tablets that don’t have the ability to rid water of salt.
There is an urgent need for a desalination device that can be deployed quickly and affordably to people in need of drinking water in times of crises. No such product exists on the marketplace today.
The Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge carries a $700,000 prize. Launched on March 7th 2018, the Challenge Prize will roll once a year for a period of five years or until the prize has been won.
The challenge is open to any individual, team or organization from across the world who believes they have a product capable of meeting this need.
The complexity of the challenge and the enormity of the cash prize has attracted global attention. Close to 100 applications were received in 2019 from 30 different countries around the world. Applicants backgrounds were notably diverse, with leading water research entities, commercial organizations, entrepreneurs and individual problem solvers all looking to participate.
Following an initial screening process conducted by MEDRC, 46 teams went on to participate. 15 of these teams successfully reached the deadline to submit their final entry in October 2019. Three devices were considered to be in contention for the prize and these teams were subsequently invited to submit their device to MEDRC for the final phase of the screening process. As no winner was declared, the prize will now run again in 2020.
More information: https://desalinationchallenge.com/