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Pitching Their Stories: WATERIG

Pitching Their Stories: WATERIG

[Patrick Suen]: Hi, my name is Patrick Suen, project leader of team WATERIG. Our solution is really simple. The WATERIG hub is a decentralized energy, water collection — energy and water collection point at the core of our solution. This hub is used to collect energy from the environment, such as solar, wind, and ground cooling. The hub can then produce at least 2,000 liters of drinking water per day. Surrounding the hub, container-size modules are being conceptualized. These modules can be plugged into the hub to gain access to energy and water. They all serve its own specific purpose, such as water for vertical farming, greenhouse, rainwater processing, water purification, and — of course — algae farming as well. When WATRIG hubs and modules are arranged in cluster, it can form a local sustainable community for providing truly decentralized water and food supply. Instead of building a high-budget, one-off infrastructure, our modular design offers flexibility for easy scaling. The community can plug in new modules piece by piece at their own pace. The second function of the hubs is to collect local data onto multiple blockchains. It collects two types of data: First, local climate and water quality data. Second, water, food production, and user transaction data. One blockchain will serve as a climate and water monitoring database, and a second blockchain will serve as a base allowing members to transact surplus and micro-ownership. Information on a blockchain system can be searched publicly without going through any monopolized authority to avoid potential data manipulation. We envision that this emerging open ecosystem will increase social efficiency, and at the same time create jobs, and help to produce food and drinking water. Because eventually, the hub hardware is now in prototyping stage, prototyping stage following a very tight XPRIZE timeline. We are building a pilot site with a major vertical farm operator in Hong Kong. We plan on funding more pilot site through issuing crypto tokens to micro-investors within our community. The same concept should also be used for funding local deployment, involving end users right to co-own. Our model has a great potential to become a fundraising framework for future projects to follow. We are looking for urban planners, hybrid water system experts, and local community builders to help move our solution forward. We are seeking cooperation through open innovation and collaboration with other teams through MIT Solve. Thank you. [Applause.]

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