Why waste water when you can save it? A compelling question that came to Gabriel Della-Monica as he was traveling through countries where water is scarce. It struck him to see just how hard it is to fill a glass in certain regions, while huge amounts are irresponsibly wasted in others.
At the time, Gabriel was working as an engineer in France. When an intrapreneur call went out at his previous job, Gabriel saw a lifetime opportunity to make an impact. He immediately jumped on it.
At first, he worked on an innovative medical device, but it turned out to have a small market. The expected next step? Abandoning ship. Gabriel’s next step? Coming up with another brilliant idea, this time revolving around… you guessed it, saving water.
Following countless trials, and with the help of colleagues and friends, Gabriel was able to develop an innovative water-saving technology. In 2015, he co-founded Smart And Blue and launched Hydrao, a smart shower head based on his new technology. Hydrao calculates water flow in real time and lights up with different colors depending on water consumption. What’s even more impressive? It does that without a power cord *duh* or batteries (#old). The energy-autonomous shower head also sends the data to a smartphone, helping users track daily usage.
The result? An innovation award at CES in 2016, a contract to equip 10 thousand apartments in Singapore, and water savings of up to 50% in certain cases! Impact made… and it’s just the beginning.
Hydrao shower head in action
WHILE YOU’RE AT IT…
Gabriel was able to pursue his individual entrepreneurial dreams all the while tackling a major social and environmental issue that affects so many. If you’re thinking of starting something one day, then dream big. For instance, why not use the opportunity to tackle a major world problem, while you’re at it?
- Based on an interview for for-starters.com with Eric Burkel, co-founder at Hydrao.
- The Gif is courtesy of Eric Burkel/Hydrao.
© Story by Tarek Issa.