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Challenge Cost-Efficient Field Irrigation System for Small Farms in Central America
Cost-Efficient Field Irrigation System for Small Farms in Central America
Award: $15,000 USD
Deadline: Withdrawn
Active Solvers: 504
Posted: Jul 30 2013
Challenge ID: 9933349
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The Seeker requires a comprehensive design of an irrigation system that offers comparable efficiency compared with sprinkler or drip irrigation systems. This challenge is not about novel sources of water or more efficient pumping of ground water – the scope is limited to more efficient distribution of available surface water. Low-cost and low-maintenance systems that use locally available materials are prioritized.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


The Seeker is looking for comprehensive designs of cost-effective irrigation mechanisms that it can distribute to small-scale farmers in Central America. The Seeker does not look to exclusively own any IP on awarded submissions, but it does need to be sure that they are free to distribute the designs within Central America.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.

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