University of Virginia Team Wins the U.S. Accenture Innovation Challenge by Developing a Project to Fight Plastic Pollution in Waterways

A group of undergraduate students at the University of Virginia have won the 2020 U.S. Accenture Innovation Challenge by developing an image database of plastic pollution of waterways and the use of artificial intelligence to analyse and sort image data. This team will provide consulting support to the Waterkeeper Alliance, which is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to clean water.

The 2020 Challenge showcased the idea of responsible business, with teams combining creative ideas and cutting-edge technology to make our planet cleaner and healthier.

The Executive Director of Waterkeeper Alliance praised the University of Virginia Team stating, “The University of Virginia team wowed us with their innovative thinking about pollution monitoring. We know that clean water saves lives. We’re honored and inspired that Accenture took this opportunity to direct some of our finest young minds toward tackling the epidemic of plastic pollution.”

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