We’ve been taking a closer look at the applicants for our Makers Against Drought challenge, and we are very excited by the level of interest we have received from developers and makers around the world that want to compete to address the California water crisis. In fact, individuals from more than 120 countries worldwide have submitted applications to the challenge!
The top 10 countries that submitted applications to the challenge are (in order of number received):
- United States (US)
- South Korea (KR)
- India (IN)
- Brazil (BR)
- Italy (IT)
- United Kingdom (GB)
- France (FR)
- Turkey (TR)
- Germany (DE)
- Canada (CA)
The submissions from those 10 countries represent nearly two-thirds of all of the applications we received (65.7 percent). The next five countries by application volume are: Spain, Australia, Egypt, Poland and Mexico. Entries from the U.S. account for just over 24 percent of all submissions received.
Interest in M.A.D. came from the far reaches of the world, including Afghanistan, Albania and Angola and all the way to Uzbekistan, Uruguay, Vietnam and Yemen. And really just about every country in between. If we stuck pins in a map of the world representing all of the submissions we received, that would be one very crowded map!
We can’t wait to share with the 150 official M.A.D. contestants that their ideas were selected. We’re sure to see some amazing solutions to address the conditions and consequences of drought.
As the challenge continues, we’d really like to hear about your projects, so send us a tweet and tell us how you’re preparing to get M.A.D.