Water Dragons 2017 Final – Durham University

Water Dragons 2017 Final – Durham University, Durham

Members of The Water Hub team, Sarah Cotterill (Innovation Manager), Professor Louise Bracken (Scientific Director) and Chris Jones (Northumbrian Water) represented The Water Dragons event, presenting to the event and also being part of the judging panel. The event was hosted by Future Water Association.

Five exciting pitches were presented throughout the day from Quensus, Hydrosave, Fab Little Bag, Nuron and Waterfit with the Fab Little Bag announced as the final winner being on 14 April 2018 at the FWA Annual Awards lunch.

We will be hosting The Water Hub's Water Dragons Heat on 10th October 2018.

NE Drone Cluster – Aerial Exposure

NE Drone Cluster – Aerial Exposure, Catterick Garrison

George Gerring (Partnership Manager) presented our two open Innovation Challenges to the NE Drone Cluster Group, sponsored by The Environment Agency and The Marine Management Organisation. The event was hosted by Ben Wilkinson from Aerial Exposure.

The Cluster group included a number of regional SMEs working in the Space Sector, Aerial Quality Solutions, Jumping Rivers, E2E, Udara to name a few! We will be working closely with them to develop ways in which The Water Hub can support their businesses.


The Water Hub launches at VentureFest – Newcastle

We were invited to host our first ever Water Hub Challenge at VentureFest on 14 November 2017, St James’s Park. The Challenge presented to the audience considered ways of reducing the impacts of flooding by harnessing new technologies.

The audience were challenged to create the best, most accessible flood forecasting, warning information and response service possible using all data out there, in a way which improves communication and reach to responders and the public, especially for those in areas out with formal flood warning schemes. In particular, by way of Improving localised flood warning services, communicating flood risk more effectively and bespoke support for people at risk of flooding – before, during and after the event.

The event was hosted by Innovate NE UK with representatives from The Environment Agency, Durham University and Northumbrian Water presenting on the challenges faced by their respective organisations.

Intense discussion took place throughout the day with SMEs from across the North East of England. Fantastic ideation was in full flow, creating valuable relationships for future Water Hub challenges.