Lowe’s Innovation Labs partnered with Singularity University Labs to launch the Clean Water Challenge. The open innovation program invited citizen scientists and the DIY community to design and build an affordable water purification device to provide safe drinking water in communities where resources are limited.

Using materials found at Lowe's, participants were directed to create a reliable clean water solution that uses solar energy to heat water to a minimum of 65 degrees Celsius. The challenge culminated at Demo Day on Oct 18, 2015 at the Lowe's of Sunnyvale, California, where prototypes were judged. Two category winners received a $6,000 grand prize.