WaterHacks RI 2018  

Important Announcement: Friday evening speed storming event has been postponed due to inclement weather. Speed Storming will now take place tomorrow, Saturday 3/3 at 8:00 am. Regular schedule of events to follow. We look forward to seeing everyone Saturday morning.

Welcoming students from all colleges on March 2-4, 2018

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The problem

Because of public concerns about the state of our water distribution systems, point-of-use water treatment and monitoring devices currently are, and will increasingly be, used by residents on a voluntary and necessary basis in ongoing and emergency circumstances in the United States. Despite this trend, there is little knowledge on the technical efficacy, economic viability, and social acceptability of point-of-use devices in the United States.


The opportunity

The availability of sensors at the consumer level has greatly expanded during the last few years. Low sensor costs and their easy integration with personal devices in the era of Internet-of-Things (IoT) open new opportunities for the development of innovative approaches to assess water quality at the consumption point and increase consumer confidence. The aim is to use sensors to develop a smart community to provide crowdsourced distributed data across the towns and districts to detect and solve the water quality challenges due to the aging of our decaying water distribution networks.


Water Quality  • Infrastructure  • Sensors  • Community

During WaterHacksRI, participants will compete to design, build and create new ideas focused on developing solutions to water issues at the residential level such as: quality, monitoring, data mining, communications, and education, and will work with the support of fellow engineers, researchers, designers, entrepreneurs, mentors, and others.


“Innovation and the Future of Intelligent Infrastructure”

Macky McCleary

Administrator, Rhode Island Department of Public Utilities and Carriers

 Macky McCleary was appointed by the Governor in September 2016. He previously served as Director of the RI Department of Business Regulation where served statutorily as the State Banking Commissioner, Commissioner of Insurance, Real Estate Administrator, and State Boxing Commissioner. Macky has also served on the Board of Commissioners for RI Housing, as Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Quality (EQ) at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP).

While at McKinsey & Co., a global management consulting firm, he worked on a wide variety of strategy and operations projects for clients around the globe.

Macky was the co-founder and president of EmPower CES, a start-up clean energy and green building development company. Macky built EmPower around a commitment to energy independence and environmental stewardship. The company now markets clean energy products and services to homeowners, businesses, and institutions.

Macky hold a bachelors degree from Yale, and a Masters of Architecture from Yale School of Architecture. He worked as an architect and urban designer in his early career.

 Hackathon Agenda 
Friday, March 2, 2018
6:00 - 6:15pmWelcomeCarothers Library
6:15 - 7:15pmSpeedstormActive Learning Classroom
Room 166
7:15 - 8:00pmDinner
8:00 - 10:00pmHack!URI Makerspace
Room 165
Saturday, March 3, 2018Carothers Library

Makerspace (Room 165) and Active Learning Classroom, (room 166)
All dayIdeate/Problem Solve
10:00am - 2:00pmMeet the Mentors
2:00 - 5:00pmDesign Solution
Sunday, March 4, 2018Avedisian Hall
10:00 am - 12:00pmPitch coaching
1:00 -2:00Table Showcase
2:00 - 2:30pmKeynote Speaker
2:30 - 3:30pmPitch Competition



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