One of my favorite things about MIT’s IDEAS competition is that it encourages innovation and provides a forum for students to take their technological solutions to the next level.

A friend of mine is involved in a new project that does the same thing for water-related issues, but is open to everyone. It’s called Imagine H2O, and it offers a yearly prize for innovative business plans focused on solving water-related problems around the world. But mostly the goal is to inspire and empower people to think creatively about these issues.

And then we can focus on turning the ideas we’ve got into a reality.

(Photo: A small lake in Kenya, October, 2009)