The Wave2Web Hackathon received an overwhelming response of over 2000+ applications from across the globe. The 3 winning teams developed cutting-edge solutions in the form of dashboards to forecast near real-time reservoir water availability and manage water effectively.
What is Reservoir Watch?
Forecast real-time water availability in reservoirs to manage water effectively!
Cities in the Global South face unreliable, inadequate, and polluted supply of freshwater; about 1 billion people do not have access to safe and continuous (24/7) water supply. Rapidly growing urban populations and increased competition for water across sectors, coupled with climate change, pose increasing risks to water supplies.
There is an urgent need for transparent data to inform water supply risk management policymaking, especially during periods of water stress and increasing water insecurity in India. The data should include access to near real-time water risk information as well as short-term forecasting (1-3 months in advance) of reservoir water availability.
Microsoft and BlackRock are teaming up with the World Resources Institute (WRI) to help develop new datasets on water stress in emerging markets.
The Wave2Web Hack supported by Microsoft and BlackRock, organized by WRI India is one of the initiatives under this partnership to develop predictive modelling that can strengthen water resources planning and risk preparedness for cities. This hackathon encourages participation from students and young professionals to create a community of forward-thinking experts. Using cutting-edge data and innovative technology solutions these emerging data specialists and analysts can help find solutions to emerging and urgent environmental challenges.
Wave2Web Hackathon will develop a predictive model to forecast water availability in select reservoir(s) supplying water in Bengaluru, India.
Artificial intelligence or machine-learning-based forecasting of reservoir water availability based on historical water availability, hydro-meteorological data and water demand. Creation of visualizations and dissemination of forecasted water availability and other important hydro- meteorological datasets to help inform decision-making and shifting towards water sensitive practices
The selected three organizations stand to win:
- First Prize: USD 30,000
- Second Prize: USD 10,000
- Third Prize: USD 5,000
Wave2Web Town Hall
The Wave2Web Hack Town Hall webinar invited winning teams to present their solutions in the presence of data scientists, hydrologists and geospatial analysts. Watch the full video here -
Our eminent speakers will discuss the need for such innovative and cutting-edge technologies to help cities predict climate change driven weather extremes of droughts and floods in advance.
For questions and clarifications, reach out to Anupriya.Goyal@wri.org