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Thursday May 19, 2016

Innovate to shape Arizona’s water future
Teams have less than 60 days to register to compete for the $250,000 Water Innovation Challenge

The Water Innovation Challenge, the second challenge under The New Arizona Prize banner, offers $250,000 to a collaborative team in an Arizona community that develops the most innovative and scalable market-based, technological or entrepreneurial solution to advance the sustainability of its water future. “Community” may be defined as a town or city, county, tribal area, or an entire region.

Team leaders have until July 15 at 10:00 a.m. to register their teams at the Water Innovation Challenge website. Teams must register to submit a proposal and completed proposals must be submitted by August 12 at 10:00 a.m. Only one representative per team needs to register on the site.


The New Arizona Prize, a philanthropic prize competition aimed at attracting new and innovative thinking to solve some of Arizona’s most pressing problems, was launched in 2014 by the Arizona Community Foundation, in partnership with Republic Media and ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

The first challenge was the Water Consciousness Challenge, awarded last year to Beyond the Mirage, a team of videographers and marketers from the University of Arizona and Arizona Public Media.
Beyond the Mirage
Beyond the Mirage won the Water Consciousness Challenge in 2015. The popularity of the team’s website has spread across the state, into classrooms, and now the target is Arizona’s neighbor states. The team’s documentary,Beyond the Mirage: The Future of Water in the West airs at various times this week on PBS Channel 8 in Phoenix. Check the station’s schedule for an airing that works for you.