Counting Every Drop Challenge: Phase 1

  • Status: Open
  • Præmier: $10000
  • Modtagne indlæg: 4

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COUNTING EVERY DROP CHALLENGE PHASE 1
Design an Innovative Precipitation Measurement Device

Important: Please read the full Challenge Rules that contain all the challenge and submission requirements and rules.

CHALLENGE RULES: https://app.box.com/s/0xgdag18aqhkmzu2ofa7vot1z86v1sdn
REGISTRATION FORM: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/4773d262718f4c25900cb38f75f3c7aa
WEBINAR RECORDING: https://youtu.be/j9lEmTGFQyc
FAQ (Last updated: September 13, 2022): https://app.box.com/s/wbgtdeohmek591bl9rodwgteqzajle89

Phase 1 Start: August 04, 2022
Phase 1 Submission Deadline: October 24, 2022 at 5:00pm ET
Phase 1 Total Prizes: Up to $80,000 USD.

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The Counting Every Drop Challenge seeks new devices that will better inform water management decisions critical for human safety and environmental health, including forecasting water supplies, monitoring water-year precipitation, controlling floods, and planning for irrigation needs. Competitors that can create a solution that meets the requirements could win their share of the $300,000 USD prize.
To participate in Phase 1, Competitors (whether an individual or team or anyone acting on behalf of an individual or team) must submit a white paper describing their proposed precipitation measurement device and how it will satisfy the requirements. Up to eight Competitors will be awarded $10,000 and move forward to Phase 2.
For Phase 1, Competitors are asked to submit a white paper describing their proposed precipitation measuring device and how they will address all the requirements of the challenge. Submissions will be judged on their novel approach to the challenge requirements including eliminating or decreasing use of fluids, improving accuracy and reliability, and decreasing O&M loads, and on their ability to complete a prototype that will be ready to be installed in the field in Phase 2.

CHALLENGE OVERVIEW
The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is looking for new and improved ground-based precipitation measurement devices that are reliable, accurate, low maintenance, and able to operate in remote locations under extreme environmental conditions. The ideal solution would not rely on fluids that require frequent maintenance, such as the use of antifreeze fluid to melt solid precipitation (e.g., snow, sleet, hail, etc.), would have low power demands, report data frequently, measure precipitation with high resolution and accuracy, have stable measurements not impacted by extreme weather conditions, and be easy to install, maintain, and calibrate. The Counting Every Drop Challenge seeks new devices that will better inform water management decisions critical for human safety and environmental health, including forecasting water supplies, monitoring water-year precipitation, controlling floods, and planning for irrigation needs. Competitors that can create a solution that meets the requirements could win their share of the $300,000 USD prize.

The Counting Every Drop Challenge is a two-phase challenge. To participate in Phase 1, Competitors (whether an individual or team or anyone acting on behalf of an individual or team) must submit a white paper describing their proposed precipitation measurement device and how it will satisfy the requirements. Up to eight Competitors will be awarded $10,000 and move forward to Phase 2. In Phase 2, Competitors will complete their prototype which will be lab and field tested. A preliminary review during Phase 2 will allow Competitors to show the progress they’ve made on their prototype through a written description and a video demonstration. Up to five Competitors that show the ability to complete their prototype and meet the challenge requirements will be awarded a Phase 2 interim prize of $15,000 to continue work on their prototype. The Competitors moving forward will have the opportunity to work with a Subject Matter Expert (SME) who will advise Competitors in product and business development. Prior to sending the prototypes for testing, Competitors will have a virtual meeting with Reclamation and NRCS to demonstrate installation and operation of their prototype. Competitors with prototypes that are ready for the field will ship their prototypes to NRCS for lab and field testing and receive a $3,000 milestone award. Prototypes will be deployed in the field alongside a benchmark device for at least eight months. One solution that meets the requirements and doesn’t require fluids to operate will be eligible for a $100,000 prize. All solutions are eligible for a share of the $30,000 innovation awards. If there are no fluid-free designs, the prize amounts will be redistributed.

TOTAL PRIZES
- Phase 1: up to $80,000.
- Phase 2 Preliminary Review: up to $75,000.
- Phase 2 Pre-shipping Review: up to $15,000.
- Phase 2 Final Review: up to $130,000.

Phase 1- White Paper Challenge
Submissions for the White Paper Challenge must describe your proposed precipitation measurement device, how you will address the solutions requirements, and your ability to complete the prototype. To compete in Phase One, Competitors will need to upload PDFs of all required materials prior to the deadline of October 24, 2022, at 5pm ET. If a Competitor enters the challenge with updates to an existing device, they must clearly describe how their updates improve on the existing device to solve the challenge.

SOLUTION REQUIREMENTS
The solution must meet all the required criteria. The solution will be judged on how well it meets the other criteria.
A solution must:
- Be able to measure all forms of liquid and solid precipitation
- Cannot discharge anything into the environment except water; cannot discharge a mixture of precipitation and any other fluid including antifreeze or oil
- Use a 12V DC power supply
- Output data compatible with widely used dataloggers: SDI-12, pulse count, 0-5V signal, or analog output. Must be stored in .csv format
A solution should:
- Decrease the maintenance load due to fluid replacement
- Fluid-free design
or
- Significantly limit the volume of fluid that must be replaced or disposed of during regular maintenance.
- Provide measurements at least once/hour
- Measure at a resolution of 0.1" (2.54 mm) or less under all field conditions
- Accurately measure 0.1" (2.54 mm) at +/- 5% under all field conditions
- Minimize or eliminate fluctuations in precipitation readings during periods without precipitation (fluctuations must be < 0.25” (6.35 mm) over a 24-hour period without precipitation)
- Need to be maintained less than or equal to once/year. May not require maintenance be done at a specific time of year
- Run on 2 100 AH batteries or the equivalent for one month without solar input
- Function reliably under extreme environmental conditions
- Function at extreme temperatures; must function between -40C and 50C
- Function during extreme precipitation events (high rain, rime)
- Not break down with high UV exposure
- Accurate under high wind loads
- Be easy to install
- Doesn’t require specialized structure
- Doesn’t or cause major environmental impact
- Can be installed by 2 people in 1 day
- Easy to calibrate in the field or by swapping out components
Additionally, a solution could:
- Keep costs low including capital costs (purchasing instruments, housings, installation, etc.), training, and the frequency and cost of device or parts replacement

RULES
Bureau of Reclamation and employees of Challenge partners reserve the rights to update or modify this challenge at any time. Updated material will be made available to all participants.

REGISTRATION
Registration will be open from the launch of the challenge until the submission deadline of October 24, 2022, 5:00PM ET.
To Register for the Challenge, Competitors must:
1. Sign up for an account on the Freelancer.com platform
2. Complete and submit the Registration Form (https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/4773d262718f4c25900cb38f75f3c7aa)

FOR THE FULL LIST OF REQUIREMENTS AND RULES, PLEASE READ THE CHALLENGE RULES AT https://app.box.com/s/0xgdag18aqhkmzu2ofa7vot1z86v1sdn

A Competitor who registers or submits an entry (whether an individual or team or anyone acting on behalf of an individual or team) to participate in this Challenge represents that they have read, understood, and agreed to all terms and conditions of the Official Rules.

Please submit your questions in the challenge Public Clarification Board or to reclamation@freelancer.com

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  • aurelianzapxiu
    aurelianzapxiu
    • 2 dage siden

    Hello! For the Phase 1 White Paper, the Challenge Rules document says the submission must include the "Completed Prototype Status Update spreadsheet." I can't find anything about this spreadsheet. Maybe I'm missing something, but I assume a project plan would be more suitable at this stage?

    • 2 dage siden
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Konkurrenceafholder
      • 2 dage siden

      Hello! The spreadsheet can be found in the Challenge Documents repository: https://app.box.com/s/yyqxrf7vqsh03y67zk1mbe0jk5jbyo30

      When completing your submission, please be sure to refer to this Submission Guideline to ensure that you have all the elements for your solution. https://app.box.com/s/f5j9e0hqoxynr02twzvq9ymmc8xh6ldo

      • 2 dage siden
  • emad13shafiei
    emad13shafiei
    • 3 dage siden

    The speed of responding to the questions is too low and there is a small amount of time left to contract the team members and prepare a proposal, please try to respond faster, thank you

    • 3 dage siden
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Konkurrenceafholder
      • 2 dage siden

      Your question has been answered, thank you.

      • 2 dage siden
  • emad13shafiei
    emad13shafiei
    • 1 uge siden

    Hi, does adding a team member on the website provide legal support or similar benefits for the team member(s)? I want to outsource the tasks in the project to some employees, I do not want to add them as team members. I mean I have the idea, then I want to outsource the tasks to several engineers and not join them to the team, Is it ok? If the team leader submits the forms and gets the prize, what is the advantage of adding team members to the website?

    • 1 uge siden
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Konkurrenceafholder
      • 2 dage siden

      The composition of your team is up to you. As the Team Lead, you are authorized to interact with the Challenge Team and responsible for meeting all entry, evaluation, and administrative requirements of the challenge. If participating as a team, all payments will be made to the Team Lead who is solely responsible for the distribution of funds among team members. All team members must be at least 18 years old and must be eligible to receive payment under the laws of the United States.

      Please note that your solutions must originate from either the U.S. or a designated country (see definition of designated country at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003, OR have been substantially transformed in the US or designated country prior to prototype delivery pursuant to FAR 25.403(c).

      Please be sure to review the Challenge Rules for all eligibility and Team Lead details.

      • 2 dage siden
  • SandaruOnline
    SandaruOnline
    • 1 uge siden

    Hi, I'm from Sri Lanka. Can I participate this contest?

    • 1 uge siden
  • dedicaraka
    dedicaraka
    • 1 uge siden

    Hi, I am from Indonesia, Can I participate in this contest?

    • 1 uge siden
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Konkurrenceafholder
      • 1 uge siden

      Hi, thank you for your interest in joining the challenge.

      Unfortunately, Indonesia is not a designated country (per https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003). You cannot participate as an individual, however you can collaborate with a team whose Team Lead is from a designated country or the US.

      The team must still abide by the following:
      Submissions must originate from either the US or a designated country (see definition of designated country at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003), OR have been substantially transformed in the US or designated country prior to delivery pursuant to FAR 25.403(c).

      In addition, check https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/financial-sanctions/sanctions-programs-and-country-information to ensure that your country is not under country-specific sanctions.

      • 1 uge siden
  • Mahaknoor888
    Mahaknoor888
    • 1 uge siden

    Hello. I am from Pakistan. Can I participate in this contest?

    • 1 uge siden
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Konkurrenceafholder
      • 1 uge siden

      Hi, thank you for your interest in joining the challenge.

      Unfortunately, Pakistan is not a designated country (per https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003). You cannot participate as an individual, however you can collaborate with a team whose Team Lead is from a designated country or the US.

      The team must still abide by the following:
      Submissions must originate from either the US or a designated country (see definition of designated country at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003), OR have been substantially transformed in the US or designated country prior to delivery pursuant to FAR 25.403(c).

      In addition, check https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/financial-sanctions/sanctions-programs-and-country-information to ensure that your country is not under country-specific sanctions.

      • 1 uge siden
  • @poweredbyFLN ..
    Konkurrenceafholder
    • 1 uge siden

    Hello everyone,

    The FAQ sheet has been updated with more Challenge Specific questions and answers. New Q&A are marked with "NEW" in red. To find the FAQ sheet, please visit the "details" tab.

    • 1 uge siden
  • RoyalDesign2019
    RoyalDesign2019
    • 2 uger siden

    Hello. I am from Georgia. Can I participate in this contest? We have the ability to do the work

    • 2 uger siden
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Konkurrenceafholder
      • 1 uge siden

      Hi, thank you for your interest in joining the challenge.

      Unfortunately, Georgia is not a designated country (per https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003). You cannot participate as an individual, however you can collaborate with a team whose Team Lead is from a designated country or the US.

      The team must still abide by the following:
      Submissions must originate from either the US or a designated country (see definition of designated country at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003), OR have been substantially transformed in the US or designated country prior to delivery pursuant to FAR 25.403(c).

      In addition, check https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/financial-sanctions/sanctions-programs-and-country-information to ensure that your country is not under country-specific sanctions.

      • 1 uge siden
  • Mecasia
    Mecasia
    • 2 uger siden

    Dear Contest Holders,
    Could you please add more details about the critical precipitation conditions?
    For example what is the maximum expected precipitation that the device should be functional at (Snow/rain falls per hour)?
    and how long this condition might last contineusly and how often this condition might happens during a year.

    Regards
    Seyed

    • 2 uger siden
  • maqsudbd
    maqsudbd
    • 3 uger siden

    Hi.

    Few questions:

    - It is mentioned 2 100 AH battery. Does it mean 2 pieces of 100 AH battery? In that case what is the battery voltage, 12 V? These batteries will be powering only precipitation measurement device or also other equipment's (telecommunication etc) present at site? If others also using the same battery, how much power do they consume?

    - Will it be possible to get the list of manufacturer and model numbers of existing devices that are currently being used?

    • 3 uger siden
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Konkurrenceafholder
      • 3 uger siden

      Thank you for your question. We have forwarded it to the appropriate Challenge Team member and will get back to you as soon as possible.

      • 3 uger siden
    2. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Konkurrenceafholder
      • 3 uger siden

      Hello Mohammad, here is the answer to your question:

      The system will be two 12V 100 AH batteries connected in parallel essentially creating one 12V 200 AH battery system. For the purpose of this prize competition the stated battery requirement can be considered to be powering the precipitation measurement device and data logger alone.

      • 3 uger siden
  • @poweredbyFLN ..
    Konkurrenceafholder
    • 4 uger siden

    Hello everyone,

    The FAQ sheet is also posted on the challenge page now under "Details".

    • 4 uger siden
  • emad15
    emad15
    • 1 måned siden

    hi, can you send us a copy of the webinar please

    • 1 måned siden
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Konkurrenceafholder
      • 1 måned siden

      Hello, the webinar recording link is now posted on the contest page.

      • 1 måned siden
  • emad14shafiei
    emad14shafiei
    • 1 måned siden

    Thank you, Is it possible to present my idea(with 3D models and all the required details for basic understanding) to one of the team members before the start of the final white paper review for phase 1? I want to fix the probable problems that they may find in my idea before submitting the final white paper

    • 1 måned siden
    1. emad14shafiei
      emad14shafiei
      • 1 måned siden

      They might find a problem in the concept according to their past experience, and I may be able to easily fix the problem and refine the concept before the start of phase 1

      • 1 måned siden
  • emad14shafiei
    emad14shafiei
    • 1 måned siden

    I have sent an email to reclamation@freelancer.com asking about the maximum amount of snow that has ever fallen onto the floor of the targeted areas daily, but there has been no response yet!

    • 1 måned siden
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Konkurrenceafholder
      • 1 måned siden

      Hi Emad, we apologize for the delayed response. Your question has been passed onto the appropriate Challenge Team Member and will get back to you as soon as we can.

      • 1 måned siden
  • Mecasia
    Mecasia
    • 1 måned siden

    Hi is this going to be a GUARANTEED challenge.... It is not tagged as a guaranteed in the challenge lists...

    • 1 måned siden
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Konkurrenceafholder
      • 1 måned siden

      Hello! Judges will evaluate solutions based on the solution requirements and other criteria outlined in the Challenge Rules. https://app.box.com/s/0xgdag18aqhkmzu2ofa7vot1z86v1sdn

      Our goal is to award all the prizes outlined in the Challenge Rules should there be fitting solutions received.

      • 1 måned siden
  • sriharivaila2000
    sriharivaila2000
    • 1 måned siden

    Hello sir who are eligible which country people are eligible please share some info on that.

    • 1 måned siden
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Konkurrenceafholder
      • 1 måned siden

      Hi Vaila,

      Solutions must originate from either the U.S. or a designated country (see definition of designated country at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003), OR have been substantially transformed in the US or designated country prior to prototype delivery pursuant to FAR 25.403(c).

      Please feel free to submit a registration and a Challenge Team member can confirm your eligibility.

      • 1 måned siden
    2. sriharivaila2000
      sriharivaila2000
      • 1 måned siden

      I am from india and I think my country is not their in that list anyways thanks for the info and clarifications.

      • 1 måned siden
  • sbarbarelli
    sbarbarelli
    • 1 måned siden

    Can individuals who do not reside in the US participate?

    • 1 måned siden
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Konkurrenceafholder
      • 1 måned siden

      Hello Santiago,

      Solutions must originate from either the U.S. or a designated country (see definition of designated country at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003), OR have been substantially transformed in the US or designated country prior to prototype delivery pursuant to FAR 25.403(c).

      Please feel free to submit a registration and a Challenge Team member can confirm your eligibility.

      • 1 måned siden

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