December 2016 Launch Event (Jenny Abreu)
December 2016 Launch Event (Jenny Abreu)

Prize Design Document

The George Barley Water Prize judging panel consists of nearly two dozen highly qualified experts with experience across varied phosphorus removal technologies, hydrology, economics, civil engineering, biotechnology, wastewater and chemistry.

Using the peer review process, judges review all submitted materials and provide both quantitative and qualitative scores on all competitors based on the scoring criteria per stage.

Prize Administrators oversee the judging panel and reserve the right to modify the judging panel as needed through the duration of the competition.

Please see the complete judging criteria for all stages in the Prize Design document.

Pilot Prize Stage

The Pilot Prize aims to judge and qualify the top four technologies that will compete in the Grand Challenge Stage. The key benefits of this stage include:

  • The opportunity to test their technologies at a scale that constitutes a significant stepping stone in the development of technologies and proof-of-concept.
  • The ability to test the technologies’ operation and adaptation to cold weather conditions.

Below are the specific judging criteria for the Pilot Stage.

Contestants will demonstrate their projects for a period of 3 months, under conditions that are set by the challenge administrators.

Based on the criteria laid out below, up to four winning teams will each receive $125,000. The other remaining teams that complete the Pilot Stage will each receive $50,000. The total prize purse is $800,000.

During the Pilot Stage, the challenge administrators will gather information about the contestants’ costs to be judged for the Pilot Prize and to inform the cost criteria for the Grand Challenge.

A three-month flow regime will be set under cold conditions in order to mimic dynamic conditions found in real field applications. Water quality parameters in the testing site (municipal wastewater treatment facility) in Ontario are provided in Appendix C of the Prize Design document.

The Pilot Stage will be held according to the following conditions:

Three-month continuous testing period (February, March, April, 2018).

Each month will have a different flow treatment requirement:

  • 1st month – 2,500 gallons per day (GPD).
  • 2nd month – 8,500 GPD.
  • 3rd month – 2,500 GPD.

Pilot Stage contestants’ technologies must fit in a 9m2 spatial footprint.

The challenge administrators reserve the right to reschedule and/or rework any requirements for the Pilot Prize, especially as caused by broken or malfunctioning equipment, natural disasters, freezing, terrorism or acts of God affecting the Pilot Prize outside of and beyond the challenge administrators’ control.

Contestants must first demonstrate that their technology achieved an average outflow FWM TP concentration of 10 ppb or less. Challenge administrators may, in their sole discretion, raise the FWM-TP concentration target if they find the 10 ppb level is not achievable.

The judging panel will determine Pilot Prize winners based on the following categories:

  • 1) cost per kg of TP removed (this criterion is not a cost threshold);
  • 2) outflow TP concentration (this criterion is a not to exceed threshold);
  • 3) environmental sustainability; and
  • 4) scalability.

Please see the full judging scoring rubric and Pilot Stage details in the Prize Design document.

COMPLETED: Stage 2 (see video)

Stage 2 aims to incentivize the demonstration and development of new ideas that can be further improved and “scaled-up” at later stages of the Challenge Program. The Stage 2 Prize purse is $80,000.

The 1st place contestant will be awarded $50,000.

The 2nd place contestant will be awarded $20,000.

The 3rd place contestant will be awarded $10,000.

Contestants will be encouraged to compete from the widest possible pool of innovators. The function of this stage is:

  • To test the technologies under similar conditions, providing better scope for comparison and competition.
  • To judge, reward and select promising technologies for the later rounds of the Challenge Program.
  • To provide contestants the opportunity to test their technologies against a set of water quality parameters.
  • To help contestants gain a better understanding of their own processes.

Contestants will be required to treat a target volume of 150 GPD of water for 14 days with required inflow TP concentrations:

  • 75 ppb TP for the first 7 days.
  • 220 ppb TP for the last 7 days.

Contestants must successfully follow testing procedures and lab protocols as outlined in the Prize Design document. Below are the judging criteria that will be applied to the scoring formula outlined below to establish 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners:

  • Each contestant will be scored based on its technology’s ability to remove TP (Criterion A).
  • Contestants will be judged and scored based on their performance in the lab testing and the potential environmental impact of the technology from their submitted experimentation results (Criterion B).
  • Contestants shall submit a summary business plan of up to two sides of one sheet of paper (US Letter or A4, no less than 10 point type) or up to 10 slides. Contestants will also be asked to complete additional profile questions and to provide a short video to accompany their summary business plan (Criterion C).

Each criterion can receive a maximum score of 5 points. Please see the Prize Design document for full detail on the judging rubric. Contestants will receive a total score using the following scoring formula:

(5(A)+2(B) +C)

Top contestants may be asked to present and pitch their proposals to the Everglades Foundation in a live pitch event.

The contestants with the three highest scores will win the Stage 2 Prizes described above, subject to the tiebreak protocols.

If there is a tie among contestants after the scoring tally, the winners will be ranked by their environmental impact score (B). If there is a further tie, the prizes in Stage 2 (i.e., 1st and 2nd, or 2nd and 3rd) will be split equally among the tied contestants.

Please see the full judging scoring rubric and Stage 2 details in the Prize Design document.