Last year Northumbrian Water hosted the UK water industry's first ever Innovation Festival and leakage Hackathon, where we tackled the industry's big questions and invited data scientists and researchers from around the world to find innovative ways of finding and reducing leakage from the water network.

This year we are doing it again, bigger and better, and will be hosting two Hackathon on the challenges of reducing both sewer flooding and water network leakage. The event promises to challenge your creativity and analytical skills, with prizes for the best ideas and further opportunity to turn your ideas into a commercial reality.

1. Preventing Sewer Flooding Hackathon (sponsored by Hitachi) - Flooding from the sewer network is a terrible experience for our customers, and one we are committed to eliminate. Our Flooding Data Hackathon will bring together a range of innovative thinkers including Data Scientists and wastewater networks specialists to tackle this challenge. Using a variety of infrastructure, environmental and opensource data sets, we aim to gain a greater insight into the causes of flooding allowing us to predict escapes and reduce the impact on our customers.

2. Reducing Water Leakage 'Hack & Share' (sponsored by Wipro) - Building on the success of last year’s data hack, we are inviting the water industry to learn from our experiences of leakage management and share theirs. Reducing leakage to an acceptable level in the UK will require the water industry to work collaboratively, and our aim at this year’s Leakage Hack & Share is to explore the best analytical techniques, leakage models and data-led insight to establish a ‘best practice’ method for leak reduction that everyone can apply.


Participants: Individuals (over 18 years in age);

Teams:  Up to 10 people attending per organisation;

Organisations: Any size;

Countries: United Kingdom and overseas welcome.

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,000 in prizes

Best actionable solution (2)

Overall best actionable solution (GBP 750). One prize for each of the hacks (Preventing Sewer Flooding Hackathon and Reducing Water Leakage ‘Hack & Share’)

Best Insight (2)

Best Insight (GBP 500) - One prize for each of the hacks (Preventing Sewer Flooding Hackathon and Reducing Water Leakage ‘Hack & Share’)

Best data visualisation (2)

Best data visualisation (GBP 250) - One prize for each of the hacks (Preventing Sewer Flooding Hackathon and Reducing Water Leakage ‘Hack & Share’)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Please confirm your attendance by registering for the Innovation Festival 2018 on the following link (, choosing both "Hackathon: Flooding Data Hack" and "Hackathon: Leakage Hack & Share".  You will be asked to choose ticket type, please select "Subject Matter Expert (not a sponsor)" as your guest type and choose both. There is a full programme of evening events taking place Monday to Friday as well, so don’t  forget to tell us if you’ll be staying on for the evening.

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Judging Criteria

  • Prize judging
    Each Prototype will be evaluated against the following criteria: Practicality in application, Completion of evidence solution, Novelty, Data expression and usability.

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