URI hosts first WaterHacks RI 2018, a design and maker fest to tackle residential water quality problems, March 2-4

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Who: Students, entrepreneurs, designers, inventors and anyone with a curious mind.

What: WaterHacks RI 2018, a 48-hour hands-on design and maker fest. College students from across the region are encouraged to compete for a $1,000 prize as they apply human-centered design approaches to solving residential water quality problems. Industry and faculty mentors will work with the teams.

The public is welcome to attend Sunday afternoon’s showcase and pitch competition.

When: 6 p.m. March 2 to 4 p.m. March 4, 2018

Where: The University of Rhode Island, Carothers Library and Avedisian Hall, Kingston campus

Why: Because of public concerns about the state of our water distribution systems, residents increasingly are using point-of-use water treatment and monitoring devices. 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. WaterHacks RI brings together students from across the region to develop and build solutions to residential water quality problems and monitoring issues.

For more, visit the WaterHacks RI website

Media contacts: Carol McCarthy, carolmccarthy@uri.edu; 401-874-4147.
During the event, please contact Deedee Chatham, dchatham@uri.edu; 401-874-5904
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