The Water Abundance XPRIZE powered by the Tata Group and Australia’s Aid Program is a $1.75 million competition (with $1.5 million as Grand Prize and $250,000 in Milestone Prizes). The Grand Prize will be awarded to the team that can successfully create a device that:

  • extracts a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere
  • has a combined operating and capital cost of no more than 2 cents per liter
  • uses 100% renewable energy

The Competition Guidelines is a detailed competition document designed to provide prize specific information surrounding the testing parameters and the Competition timeline.

Please contact us on email: water.abundance@xprize.org for any clarification regarding the Competition or these Guidelines.

A draft copy of Competition Guidelines can be downloaded here. If you would like to compete for this XPRIZE, go to waterportal.xprize.org.


Team registration for the Water Abundance XPRIZE starts from October 24, 2016 through April 28, 2017. After the end of registration, all registered Teams will move to the next two Rounds of the Competition:

  • Round 1: Teams will create a prototype that can extract water from the atmosphere. Prototypes will be tested through a live online demonstration. The top five (5) Teams chosen based on the Round 1 Score Card will then move to Round 2.  All will be required to sign a binding agreement to protect the interests of all parties involved in the competition.
  • Round 2: All Teams chosen from Round 1 will submit revised solutions to be tested at locations specified by the Judging Panel. One Grand Prize Winner will be announced in August 2018 based on overall score by the Judging Panel.


XPRIZE believes that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere. Scientists, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs and innovators with new ideas from all over the world are invited to form a team and register to compete. In order to participate, a team may need to recruit additional experts and can add new members at any time throughout the competition. Competing teams will own the Intellectual Property of their submissions.


To ensure that the competition is fair to competing teams, XPRIZE will appoint the following entities:

Advisory Boards

XPRIZE will form panels of relevant Advisors to serve on Advisory Boards for the Competition. These Boards will remain in place throughout the Competition to advise XPRIZE regarding all aspects of the design and implementation of the Competition. The duties and responsibilities of the Advisory Board may include assisting with the establishment of qualifications for prospective Judges, recommending members of the Judging Panel, and providing input related to testing protocols and judging criteria.

Judging Panel

XPRIZE will recruit judges, chosen by the Advisory Board. XPRIZE will seek to ensure that the expertise of the judging panel is diverse enough to fairly evaluate the various technologies and approaches that the teams may develop during the competition. The duties and responsibilities of the Judging Panel will include, but not be limited to evaluating teams’ compliance with the Competitor Agreement, these Guidelines, and the Rules and Regulations for the purposes of the Competition, and the awarding of points and selection of teams and entries that will proceed to each subsequent phase of the Competition.

Independent Auditors and Consultants

In order to conduct a fair & transparent competition, XPRIZE will hire independent auditors and consultants at different stages of the challenge. These auditors and consultants will be appointed on the recommendation and approval of the Advisory Board of the Challenge.

The role of the auditors will be to ensure fair testing by their presence on site during remote testing. The roles of the consultants will be to help XPRIZE create systems for an effective and transparent remote and on site testing.

Please contact us via email at water.abundance@xprize.org if you want to share your feedback/comments on these guidelines or if you have any questions about this competition.

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