Project ‘Saaf Water’ Win The IBM Call For Code Global Challenge

The First Indian team to win the title is on a journey to keep track of groundwater quality to benefit the masses

Manikanta Chavvakula, a second-year undergraduate student from FLAME University, along with team members which include Hrishikesh Bhandari from IIT Madras, Satyam Prakash from IIT Madras, Sanket Marathe and Jay Aherkar, together known as Team ‘SaafWater’ was awarded the global winners of IBM Call for Code Global Challenge 2021. A panel of some of the most eminent leaders in sustainability, business and technology, including former US President Bill Clinton, awarded Team SaafWater the grand prize of $200,000. This is the first Indian team to ever win the title.

Call for Code is a platform for developers to use their skills with cutting-edge technologies to drive a positive and lasting change across the world. Top solutions are further developed, incubated, and deployed as sustainable open source projects with support from partners like IBM and the Linux Foundation. Team SaafWater will now receive support to launch this project from IBM, the UnitedNations, DavidClarkCause, the Linux foundation, and others partners of the Call for Code movement.

The Saaf Water project is a Wi-Fi and cellular-enabled device that can be mounted on many different types of pumps, which is outfitted with sensors that collect information such as total dissolved solids, turbidity, pH, electrical conductivity, and temperature. The device uploads collected data to software in the cloud that analyses it. When contamination is found, users receive text alerts, as the pump’s LED warning lights flick on. 

The team will be now democratising access to information about water quality in a way that can both help local agents ensure quality and inform the community at large when they’re at risk. The team aims to implement Saaf Water on the ground and benefit the masses. As SaafWater is an Open Source Project, it makes it easy for developers to contribute to it and the team will now start a journey to make Saaf Water a global solution and make water quality information accessible and easy to understand for all, to prevent health illnesses due to water contamination.

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