Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Written by Chuck Soder.
A team from Detroit that aims to put tiny sensors on buoys took the top prize at the Erie Hack Water Innovation Summit — an event that challenged teams from throughout the Lake Erie region to solve the lake’s biggest problems.
Wayne State University’s Micro Buoy team will receive $40,000 cash plus roughly $10,000 in support services to help it commercialize its sensor, which is designed to detect contaminants in water.
The top three teams all focused on monitoring the health of the lake, including the University of Akron’s Water Warriors team, which placed third. The team will receive $10,000 plus about $5,000 in support services to help team members realize their idea: They want to create kits that would let students and other citizen scientists gather information on phosphorus and nitrogen levels in the water, which can contribute to dangerous algae blooms. They would collect that information in a central, open-source database (you can read more about that team here).
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Originally published May 3, 2017.