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S. Korean Team to Enter $1.75 Mil. Water Abundance XPrize Competition
98 Teams from 25 Nations Participates in Competition
XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, announced on May 18, 2017 that a total of 98 teams from 25 countries will compete for the $1.75 million Water Abundance XPRIZE. South Korean team "Hurricane" and one other Asian team will take on this critical challenge.

Hurricane, a South Korean team lead by Gyeongju man Gunho Son, has been confirmed as one of the 98 teams worldwide that will pursue the $1.75 million Water Abundance XPRIZE, a competition designed to incentivise teams to compete and develop new energy efficient technologies to harvest fresh water from thin air.
The South Korean team has begun work on its prototype which it hopes will help alleviate global water scarcity.

The Water Abundance XPRIZE, sponsored by the Tata Group and Australian Aid (the innovationXchange at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), is a two-year competition aimed at tackling global water scarcity by incentivising teams from around the world to create and develop a pioneering decentralized technology that can extract water from thin air using only renewable energy. Team members come from a collection of diverse backgrounds and comprise of university students, startups, professional scientists and engineers.

To win, teams must create a device that extracts a minimum of 2,000 litres of water per day from the atmosphere using 100 percent renewable energy, at a cost of no more than two cents per litre. The winning device must be able to create decentralised access to water, giving people the power to access fresh water whenever and wherever they need it.

Hurricane, a South Korean team lead by Gyeongju man Gunho Son, is one of the 98 teams worldwide to have registered to participate in the competition.

Details about all 98 competing teams can be found
down here.

“We are thrilled by the global response to the competition and the impressive number of diverse teams ready to solve water scarcity,” said Zenia Tata, Executive Director of Global Expansion at XPRIZE.

“The competition is an opportunity teams to find innovative solutions to solve the global challenge of water scarcity and improve the lives of people living in communities that will benefit most from these breakthroughs.”

In addition to today’s announcement of the competitor teams, XPRIZE also confirmed the formation of an Advisory Board of academic and technical experts to guide the Water Abundance XPRIZE, comprised of:

Suman Chakraborty is head of the School of Medical Science and Technology, professor of Mechanical Engineering and associate dean at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

Marcus Howard is the Director, Water Sanitation and Hygiene in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for 15 years.

Dr. Gopichand (Gopi) Katragadda is group chief technology officer and innovation head for Tata Sons. He also serves as a director on the boards of Tata Elxsi, Tata Communications, Tata Teleservices, Tata Autocomp Systems and Flisom AG.

Dr. Arul Shanmugasundram steers manufacturing and project sales business at Tata Group, where he is responsible for development in multiple areas like sales, supply chain and logistics, along with overseeing R&D and product development.

The Water Abundance XPRIZE was launched in India in October 2016 at a United Nations day reception in New Delhi. The two-year competition will look to announce up to five finalist teams in February 2018 and will then embark on final testing through July 2018. The winner for the prize will be announced in August 2018.

For more information on the Water Abundamnce XPRIZE and the teams that have entered, visit and

Kevin Daly
Porter Novelli Melbourne
03 9289 9555






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