Telecommunications giant Ericsson and the nonprofit Chattahoochee Riverkeeper are challenging students to develop innovative devices that can be used to remotely monitor the Chattahoochee River.
The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper takes water samples on a weekly basis and conducting monthly river and patrols. The river, which borders Alabama, Georgia and Florida, supplies drinking water for more than four million people.
Measuring water cleanliness on an ongoing basis is expensive, inefficient and time-consuming. Ericsson wants to ease the burden on Chattahoochee Riverkeeper staff who monitor a river that drains an area of 8,770 square miles.
The MindSumo Challenge aims to solve that problem. Proposals must detail devices that cost no more than $200 and can be used to gather and report relevant water-quality data on a perpetual basis. The device must also be waterproof, low power and RoHS compliant.
Image: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper/Ericsson