Innovative OC AI Water Startup Advances in $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition

IRVINE, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2017) — T2H2O, a startup company passionate about creating AI-based tools for water companies and districts around the world who want to protect and enrich their communities using advanced technologies, today announced that it has advanced to the next round in the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE competition. The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, which launched in 2016, is a four-year global competition to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.

“T2H2O is currently working to leverage existing AI principles and core technologies to create predictive tools leading to more effective water management and better policy decision-making at the village, region, country, and global levels,” said T2H2O team leader Jay Bettinger. “We believe these AI-based, T2H2O-developed tools will uncover new productive correlations to improve analytical capabilities and increase critical predictive power for water managers all over the world.”

T2H2O is also working with several partners including, The American Association of Water Distribution and Management, Allied Public Risk, Lake Hemet Municipal Water District, Plus Water Insurance Program, California Domestic Water Company and the San Antonio Water Company.

The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE’s independent panel of experts verified the teams who advanced. T2H20 is the only team remaining from Orange County, Calif and one of seven left from Southern California.

A $3M Grand Prize, $1M Second Place prize and $500K Third Place prize will be awarded to the teams that receive the top scores, with the final winner determined based on the results of the live in-person and online audience voting during TED 2020. Additionally, $500k Milestone Prizes will be awarded to 10 teams during fall 2018 and 2019.

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 About T2H2O

T2H2O is passionate about creating AI-based tools for water heroes around the world who want to protect and enrich their communities using advanced technologies to achieve higher efficiencies in water purchasing, storage, and distribution. T2H2O will accomplish this by winning The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE in 2020. For more information, please visit


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