A great example of how the innovation mindset fueled by XPRIZE competitions into space, for example, can translate to improving the lives of many in pragmatic ways here at home. This article is a recap of several approaches to literally pull water from thin air, in order to sustain communities lacking access in physical terms and/or affordability.

Can you pluck fresh, clean drinking water out of thin air? The Water Abundance XPRIZE has shortlisted five companies that think they can.

After kicking off with the literal moonshot prize back in 2004, the XPRIZE foundation tries to solve global problems that industry sees no profit in. This year’s clean water challenge aims to supply the 2.1 billion people who currently lack safe drinkable water with a device that can extract “a minimum of 2,000 litres of water per day from the atmosphere using 100 per cent renewable energy, at a cost of no more than 2 cents per litre.” […]