Ryan Beltrán, founder of MakeWater.org, will host the Hack Chat on September 4, 2019.
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Access to clean water is something that's all too easy to take for granted. When the tap is turned and water that won't kill you when you drink it flows, we generally stop worrying about it. But for millions around the world, getting clean water is a daily struggle, with disease and death often being the penalty for drinking from a compromised source.
Thankfully, a wide range of water technologies is available to help secure access to clean water. Most are expensive, though, especially at the scale needed to supply even a small village. Seeing a need to think smaller, Ryan started MakeWater.org, a non-profit program that seeks to give anyone the power to make clean water through electrocoagulation, or the use of electric charge to precipitate contaminants from water.
There's more to MakeWater than electrocoagulation kits, though. By partnering with STEM students and their teachers, MakeWater seeks to crowdsource improvements to the technology, incorporating design changes that work in the next version of the kit. They also hope to inspire students to develop the skills they need to tackle real-world problems and make a difference in the lives of millions.
Join us on Wednesday, September 9 for the Hack Chat, and come with questions for Ryan about water technologies in general, electrocoagulation in particular, and what's involved with running a non-profit that puts both technology and education front and center.
I look forward to the chat! Here is our current hackaday project - https://hackaday.io/project/165346-water-coagulator-kit-current-build