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Competition asks participants to design solutions to water problems

Hack2O scheduled for Nov. 8 in Louisville

waterstepLOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2014) — WaterStep, non-profit that provides safe water to communities in developing countries, and FirstBuild, a community of industrial designers, scientists, engineers, makers and early adopters, are hosting a competition that asks participants to create solutions to find access to safe water. Hack2o will begin at 9 a.m. on Nov. 8 at FirstBuild, 333 E. Brandeis Ave. in Louisville.

Competitors will have nine hours to design, build, and test their creations for safe water in developing communities.

At 6 p.m. prototypes will be judged by a panel of judges from the local engineering, business, and start-up community. Winners will be chosen based on innovation, sustainability, time to market, and cost, and will also make a recommendation to WaterStep as to which prototype deserves further development. The top three winning teams will receive prizes valued at $600, $400, and $200.

Registration can be conducted online and particpants can register as individuals or as a team. There is no cost, but a $25 donation to WaterStep is suggested. Materials, lunch and dinner will be included.

For more information, call (502) 568.6342.

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