Water America's Crops Challenge
For more than 100 years, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has brought water to arid lands to support agriculture and economic development. Today, Reclamation’s 8,000 miles of canals deliver water across the Western U.S., serving over 30 million customers and 10 million acres of farmland that produce 60% of the nation's vegetables and 25% of its fruits and nuts. As water is conveyed by a canal from the source to customers, some water losses (such as from evaporation) are inevitable. However, a much more significant and preventable type of loss is seepage of water from a canal into the ground. Seepage represents the most significant cause of water loss in canals, reducing the efficiency of water deliveries and increasing costs for Reclamation and its customers. Moreover, if not adequately addressed, seepage can result in a canal failure over the long term. The Water America’s Crops Challenge seeks to incentivize new approaches to minimizing seepage in canals that are cost-effective for the farmers and communities that Reclamation serves. The challenge is designed to accelerate development of new solutions and validate performance on criteria that will be critical for field testing and future deployment.
Partner Organization: United States Bureau of Reclamation
Awards: $360,000 in total prizes
Open Date: February 4, 2021
Close Date: June 24, 2021
For more information, visit: https://www.herox.com/WaterAmericasCrops
LAANC UI Redesign Challenge
The Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system is used by Air Traffic Managers (ATMs) to monitor and respond to authorization requests for operations of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The existing interface was not designed to optimize user experience. It does not allow the flexibility the ATMs need to complete their tasks efficiently. The Federal Aviation Administration is considering a potential redesign. Participants are tasked with proposing a fresh UI that takes advantage of current technology and best practices to give users an improved experience.
Partner Organization: Federal Aviation Administration
Awards: $30,500 in total prizes
Open Date: January 7, 2021
Close Date: April 23, 2021
For more information, visit: https://www.topcoder.com/challenges/f0327ec5-c23f-4789-aafc-9565ef381d77