Contest Sponsored by Specialized Bicycles; Goodby, Silverstein & Partners; and Google Challenged Participants to Develop Pedal-Powered Solutions to
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park will host the fourth annual Arkansas Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 26.
This year's festival will host "The Aquaduct: Mobile Filtration Vehicle," a potentially revolutionary new bicycle that filters dirty water as it is being transported.
The Aquaduct was the winner of the Innovate or Die Pedal-Powered Machine Contest. The contest, sponsored by Specialized Bicycles; Goodby, Silverstein & Partners; and Google, challenged participants to create a pedal-powered solution for offsetting climate change.
The pedal-powered machine successfully transports and filters water without burning fossil fuels or wood, which contributes to a reduction in CO2 emissions.
Clean water has been a focus of The Clinton Foundation since The Foundation's formation in 2004. The objective of The Children's Safe Drinking Water Program is "to reduce childhood death and diarrhea through the provision of safe drinking water at the household level."
"Access to clean drinking water continues to be a major health issue in many countries around the world. The Aquaduct has great potential to make a profoundly positive impact on this critical challenge," said President William J. Clinton. "I'm pleased my presidential center will host the team that invented this incredible machine, allowing its innovation to inspire a new generation of public servants, scientists, engineers and designers vital to creating realistic solutions to solve this crisis."
The Aquaduct was initiated and conceived independently by five Palo Alto based designers. They are now working with their employer, design and innovation firm IDEO, to identify ways to provide clean water to the developing world.
"The Innovate or Die contest provided the team with an opportunity to apply our background in design and passion for cycling to address one of the biggest issues in the developing world," said Aquaduct team member Adam Mack. "We hope that through creating the Aquaduct, we will raise awareness and inspire others to tackle challenging real world issues."
The Aquaduct, and the team who created it, along with Specialized Bicycles and local dealer Arkansas Cycling and Fitness will be in Little Rock for the Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 26. The public will have an opportunity to see the bike and meet the winners at a public ceremony on Friday, April 25.
"We believe in the power of the bicycle," says Specialized's Founder and President Mike Sinyard. "We believe that the bicycle can be a self-powered solution for reversing global warming, improving the environment and making the world a better place for future generations."
For more information about Earth Day at the Clinton Center, please visit http://www.clintoncenterearthday.com.
For more information on the contest, please visit http://www.innovate-or-die.com.
|SOURCE The William J. Clinton Foundation|
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