Help Yorkshire Water reduce pollution incidents by 40% !!!

As part of the visible network programme, the team at Yorkshire Water are considering ways to improve actionable insight from new network monitor systems. 

The visible network programme is investing extensively in new sensors, network architecture and management systems over the next 12-18 months.

The initiative will see development enhanced monitoring of critical sewage network assets and key points for asset failure, as well as building data from extending the sensor coverage in the network five-fold.  The resulting scaling of data provides an opportunity to review and rethink event alarm management and prediction.  This includes both integration of existing alarm data management systems and enhancing the logic modelling used to enable prioritisation of events.

Principle challenge

Using historical data and recent sensor trial data, the hackathon provides an opportunity for interested parties to demonstrate the value of their approach in two main areas:

  • Refinement and validation of a given logic model for prioritising event alarms.
  • Demonstrating new approached to integrated alarm management, with particular focus on analytics and insight for prioritising alarms and providing ‘actionable insight and information’.

The Hackathon will see teams form and compete. The objective to produce the most effective logic model and / or to demonstrate the most effective operational actionable insights from alarm data. 

Why participate?

This is a great opportunity to demonstrate how you can offer collaborative solutions to scaling alarm data and prioritisation challanges.

Engage with one of the largest organisations in the UK - Yorkshire Water have a revenue of over £1.2 billion.  The organisation invest heavily in regional skills, expertise and innovation. We are actively seeking enterprising organisations and novel network visibility tools that can help us.

Collaborate with other disciplines and organisations - Hackathons are a great way to meet and work with a wider range of stakeholders including professional application developers, business leaders, academics and researchers as well as other groups.

Help to solve large scale real-world challenges - We are working to ensure our future services are safe, secure and offer best value to the public. Your involvement not only supports your local community but potentially could establish data innovations that have application across utility or infrastructure management.

Commercial potential and profile - Reducing pollution events and prioritising works are major issues faced by water utilities across the globe.  We are offering companies a unique opportunity to co-create commercial solutions with companies that have relevant sensors, systems and tools.

The resulting models and tools will belong to you. We may well wish to invest with you in developing some of these for application with our technical solutions partners and are ensuring a process is in place to take selected ideas forward. 

The event format

There will be prizes for the winning teams and Yorkshire Water will look to adopt applicable ideas, supporting the development of digital tools prototyped during the event.

This exciting 2-day contest is taking place as part of a broader pre-procurement programme. 

The results will feed into the briefing for an innovation sprint, attracting organisations with relevant telemetry and sensor innovations, systems and hardware from the water industry, its supply chain and beyond. This provides the opportunity for you to explore data and build insight supporting new specialist companies.

The event is open to national and international participants, but will also showcase the digital talent and data analytics skills and capacity in Yorkshire and also provide an opportunity for regional expertise to meet and engage with like-minded professionals and scale commercial organisations.


View full rules


Please develop your project at the event (or online), and submit your project through DEVPOST, participating in the Wednesday afternoon pitching and judging.

Participants: Individuals (over 18 years in age);

Teams: Teams must contain a minimum of 2 and up to 5 people attending per organisation

Organizations: Any size

Countries: United Kingdom and overseas welcome

You must register and complete the Hackathon Agreement and Data release NDA to participate.


Your solution must refinement and validate a given logic model for prioritising event alarms.

Your solution may also demonstrate new approaches to integrated alarm management, offering actionable insight and information for prioritising alarms.

Key judging criteria:

  • Practicality in application
    How useful is the prioritisation model in its intended real world situation and / or in systems application? 
  • Completion of evidence solution
    How complete or polished is the alarm prioritisation management / actionable insight expression? 
  • Novelty
    How unique and innovative is the solution prototype in application? 
  • Data expression and usability
    How well-designed is the solution prototype, paying attention to user experience and user interface? 

How to enter

If you are interested in participating, simply ENTER HERE

If you have any questions please contact Peter Chalder-Wood (

The initiative is sponsored by Yorkshire Water, with the main event running across two days from the 27th-28th March.  The event will be led by the Innovation team at Yorkshire Water and supported by +ADD Strategy our innovation partner, along with a number of postgraduate researchers with an interest in big data, data analytics and data exploration and expression.

Aspects of the data will be closed and others open. Closed data will be accessible in-person and data will only be released onsite.

The event will be hosted at the Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire at the Design Exchange in Bradford. 

Participants will be invited to attend and work in a secure way on the data.


Claire Green / Strategy Manager - Pollution at Yorkshire Water

Claire Green / Strategy Manager - Pollution at Yorkshire Water
Yorkshire Water

Jon Briggs/ Innovation Manager

Jon Briggs/ Innovation Manager
Yorkshire Water

Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland
+ADD Strategy / Innovation partners

Stuart Mitchell - Manager, Enterprise Architecture

Stuart Mitchell - Manager, Enterprise Architecture
Yorkshire Water

Judging Criteria

  • Effective prioritisation (0-20)
    How effective is the solution in prioritising waste flooding alarms
  • Completion of alarm prioritisation concept/ system (0-20)
    How complete or polished is the prioritisation/ actionable insights prototype interface.
  • Novelty (0-20)
    How unique and innovative is the solution
  • Usability and practicality of actionable insights (0-20)
    How practically-designed is the solution, paying attention to user experience and user interface