6th Nov - 7th November, 2018

Take On the Challenge: Water Resilience

Join us as we bring together top academics, innovators and entrepreneurs, to tackle some of the key issues in managing water risks and building a resilient world.

We all use water daily. It quenches our thirst, grows our food and has helped to build and maintain the world we see today. It is a carefully managed resource to ensure that it is clean for our consumption, that we have enough for everyone in times of drought and that we all remain safe and protected when flooding creates too much.

A rising population increases pressure on a finite water supply, and climate change will lead to more frequent floods and droughts.  Focusing on water resilience enables us to make best use of the water we have in the face of unknowable risks in an uncertain future.  We have an opportunity to drive innovation in the water sector by using new technologies underpinned by data.


Key Topics:

Flood Resilience

How do we improve forecasting to reduce the negative impacts of flooding and protect lives and livelihoods?


Water Quality

How do we ensure that we are providing people with safe, clean water, and that waste water is not harming the environment?


Field Run-Off & Eutrophication:

How do we protect waterways and wildlife from damage by chemicals and fertilisers running off our fields?

Key Technologies:

  • Real-time Monitoring and Control: Making use of sensors, dashboards and data analytics.
  • Understanding Impacts: Managing effects in communities, such as health and transport disruption.
  • Green Infrastructure: Reshaping the environment to build sustainable solutions.
  • Forecasting Tools: Exploring new approaches using predictive analytics, AI, and data visualisation.

Challenge Owners

Flood Forecasting Centre

The Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC) is a partnership between the Environment Agency and the Met Office, combining meteorology and hydrology expertise into a specialised hydrometeorology service. The centre forecasts for all natural forms of flooding - river, surface water, tidal/coastal and groundwater.

Challenge Question: What is happening now? How can we make better use of data in a real-time operational environment to forecast floods?


South West Water is the water and wastewater service provider for a population of c. 1.7 million in Devon, Cornwall, and parts of Somerset and Dorset. They provide reliable, efficient and high quality drinking water and wastewater services throughout these areas.

Challenge Question: How can we remotely monitor and manage water quality?

Eden Project

The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. The visitor destination in Cornwall, is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive biomes (housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories) serve as a backdrop to striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events.

Challenge Question: Where does the water go? How can we understand the downstream impacts of water run-off?


University of Exeter
Rothamsted Research logo
Plymouth Marine Laboratory logo
Met Office logo
SETsquared logo
Business West logo

Who should apply?

Everyone is welcome to apply, but we anticipate that most of our participants will sit broadly in the following categories:

Local Businesses: Expand and fast-track your ideas with support from business and technical experts, find new partners to collaborate with, and get the chance to market your ideas to major businesses with real problems to solve.

Academics: Take your research to the next level by exploring opportunities for commercialisation and collaboration with private enterprises. You might have research that could help solve a problem, or you may have uncovered an important problem to solve. This is also a chance to share your ideas with potential private research partners and develop ideas for Impact Case Studies.

Students: Get a taste for a future career and build on your education and interests by spending a couple of days working amongst real companies. This is a great chance to apply your learning to a practical problem, and the connections that you make could really benefit you when you leave education.   

Entrepreneurs & Technologists: Are you looking to pursue a new venture or career opportunity? Or are you an enthusiast who just loves to take on new challenges? Whatever your motivation, we welcome you to come along and use your skills and insight to help teams develop their ideas.



APPLICATIONS: open 1 - 31 October 2018

BOOTCAMP: 6 - 7 November 2018

  • Nov 6 AM: Pitches from Challenge Owners
  • Nov 6 PM: Group working on solution development
  • Nov 6 EVE: Guest speaker and networking
  • Nov 7: Group working on solution development
  • Nov 7 EVE: Wrap-up, presentations and awards

PROJECTS: After the bootcamp, we will select the strongest ideas to receive intensive support from our dedicated technical specialists to develop them further.

DEMO DAY: In February 2019, we will bring everyone back together for a Demo Day to share how their solutions have developed since joining the bootcamp.


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