Meet the Barley Prize Top 10 and Stage 2 Award Winners

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Meet the Barley Prize Top 10 and Stage 2 Award Winners

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The Global Race is on – Meet the Barley Prize Top 10 and Stage 2 Award Winners

It’s been two weeks since the Stage 2 George Barley Water Prize awards ceremony, and while the dust is beginning to settle, the excitement just riling up.

On October 26th, the Stage 2 Winners were announced at the iconic Field Museum in Chicago.

This stage of the competition provided applicants an opportunity to test their solutions in the lab. Each team submitted their results and supporting documentation to an independent panel of experts, who later chose the top three winners.

In First Place, we had Wetsus NaFRAd of the Leeuwarden, Netherlands, taking home a grand prize of $50,000.

In Second Place, Green Water Solution, Inc. of Wellington, FL USA, earning $20,000.

In Third Place, U.S. Geological Survey, Kearneysville USA, pocketing $10,000.

In addition to the excitement of announcing the Stage 2 Winners, the Barley Prize also announced its Top Ten contestants. The three Stage 2 Winners, along with seven other teams hailing from various countries, will compete in the Pilot Stage for the chance to advance to the Grand Prize Stage and win $10 Million.


University of Idaho Clean Water Machine | Wetsus NaFRAD | Green Water Solution, Inc. | U.S. Geological Survey – Leetown Science Center | MagPi | MetaMateria Technologies LLC | Restoring the Natural P Cycle | Rocky Mountain Scientific – APR | University of Waterloo

Generously hosted by The Field Museum, the event celebrated the major accomplishments of The Barley Prize’s global contestants. These 10 teams each spoke about their technologies in a moderated panel discussion hosted by Chicago’s Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Commissioner, Deborah Shore (photo below).

Other guest speakers included Everglades Foundation Chairman, Marshall Field V, President of the Field Museum, Richard Lariviere, and President of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, Jim King.

We were also pleased to host Sabrina Ternier, Senior Program Advisor at the Environmental Innovations Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change – the newest addition to the Barley Prize family.

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change have made it possible to host the third stage of the competition in the town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, just north of Toronto.

Starting February 2018, the Barley Prize Top 10 will test their technologies in the harshest weather conditions for a period of three months. At the conclusion of Stage 3, only three of the ten teams will be chosen to compete for the $10 Million prize in 2019. With the support of the Ministry of Ontario, we will come one step closer to solving the excess phosphorous problem worldwide.

It’s coming down to the wire, folks! The race has begun…which country will win?

Stay tuned!