The Bridge Hub & Wharf42 are excited to announce the eight research finalists from Australia and New Zealand who have progressed to the next round of the Bridge Hub 2020 Trans-Tasman Water Challenge Research Stream.

The purpose of the Bridge Hub 2020 Water Challenge has been to uncover the best and brightest research, the most innovative ideas and the best startups that positively impact water sustainability within our agrisystem. The Water Challenge was launched in July by the Hon Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and the Hon Phil Twyford, Minister for Economic Development in New Zealand.

Finalists will now progress to the next round which includes a two week workshop series being delivered in partnership with Callaghan Innovation and the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN). CSIRO, the Australian Research Stream sponsor and Zespri, the New Zealand Research Stream sponsor will be involved in the next round of judging to take place.

One Australian research winner and one New Zealand research winner will each receive a cash prize of $25,000. Blue River Group will invest up to $100,000 into the commercial outcome of the prize winning research from each country. So drum roll. Who are the New Zealand research contenders in the Water Challenge final? Many congratulations to;

  • Nitrate removal to safeguard water quality
    Associate Professor David Leung
    University of Canterbury, NZ

  • EFF-GO – 21st Century Solution for 21st Century Waste
    Dr Peter Dyer
    Callaghan Innovation, NZ

  • Real-time control of irrigation through acoustic sensing to prevent runoff and pollution
    Dr Chandra Ghimire
    AgResearch Ltd, NZ

It’s been a fantastic honour to work with the Bridge Hub to identify some of the ground-breaking research work being undertaken in both Australia and New Zealand to address this critical issue. To the nine other New Zealand research organisation submissions, we will continue to work with you to assist deliver real value to our agribusiness sector.

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