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Flooding hackathon

In Collaboration with: Houston Planning Committee,  Your Houston, Mr. Zaf Tahir (Planning Commissioner)

Challenge: Create a solution that uses advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain (BC), Internet of Things (IoT), and robotics to improve the quality of life in Houston, Texas, specifically by increasing the quality, cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and equity of flood mitigation and prevention. 

15 Teams and 45+ participants created solutions. Winners honored at City Hall.

September 23-25, 2022. CONCLUDED.

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Mihir Relan

DeBakey High School

Junior

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Anderson Acord

DeBakey High School

Junior

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Bianca Juarez

DeBakey High School

Junior

SOLUTION

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Step 1

Deepening the reservoirs to allow for more water to be collected especially in high flood areas to reduce the damage of the initial rainpour.

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Step 2

Connecting the reservoirs to distribute the water equally as to not overfill one or the other. Allowing them to balance each other out and reduce the risk of a flooded reservoir. 

Step 3

Construct roads out of permeable concrete in order to have the water seep through and get absorbed by the ground underneath. This prevents the roads itself from flooding and preventing emergency transportation from crossing.

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Hadi Hafeez

Awty International School

Junior

Omar Reyes

Awty International School

Junior

Zohaib Khan

Awty International School

Junior

Rayaan Khan

Awty International School

Junior

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sustainable

Winner of the Most Sustainable Solution Award

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Yves Ayache

Awty International School

Sophomore

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Nathaniel Black

Awty International School

Sophomore

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Paul Yao

James Watkins

Awty International School

Sophomore

Awty International School

Sophomore

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innovative

Winner of the Most Innovative Solution Award

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Angelina Shen

Awty International School

Junior

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Selena Gou

Awty International School

Junior

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Zhichao Gong

Awty International School

Junior

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entrepreneurial

Winner of the Most Entrepreneurial Solution Award

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Eric Lu

Awty International School

Sophomore

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Tanishka Padhye

Awty International School

Sophomore

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Hannah Song

Awty International School

Sophomore

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Sebastian Ballesteros

Awty International School

Sophomore

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IMPACTFUL

Winner of the Most Impactful Solution Award

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Ishan Arora

Carnegie Vanguard High School

Sophomore

make a difference

A Big Thank You to all the participants who came together to find creative ideas to address city flooding. Young people are under-utilized to solve real-world problems, and we believe that we can offer innovative solutions that might have been overlooked previously. 

We are grateful to Mayor Turner for encouraging our winners by inviting them to City Hall for the award ceremony. Thank you also for creating an Awty Day in our honor, to highlight the school we come from!

And to the Houston Planning Commission which has offered to pilot the winning projects in Houston.

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