Tricia Compas-Markman Fellow 2011

Living in: San Francisco, CA — United States

Venture: DayOne Response, Inc.

Innovative solutions for disaster reponse

Operating in: Global

Impact Area: Disaster Recovery, Water

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"Driven by a passion for helping others. Faces challenges with a positive outlook and an unwavering purpose."

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Describe yourself briefly.

Born in Glendale, Arizona, Tricia moved between the United States and South Korea several times as a youngster, being exposed to different cultures and ways of life. Growing up in South Korea and witnessing poverty has shaped Tricia’s outlook on life, influencing her to study civil engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Her passion for developing water treatment solutions has brought her to Thailand, Nicaragua, and Haiti.

Describe your Unreasonable Venture in 100 words or less.

Six years ago, following the SE Asian Tsunami, 140,000 people were killed. Of those 85,000 died of waterborne diseases. At DayOne Response, Inc., we have a developed a solution to this problem. The DayOne WaterbagTM, a personal water treatment device that provides collection, treatment, transport and storage all in one unit. The Waterbags are compact and can be shipped on a massive scale, providing 26x more water compared to conventional solutions. While working on the ground in Haiti this past year, we supplied families of 4 with 10 days of clean drinking water. On DayOne, we want to treat water in order to save lives.


Describe your relevant experience (especially entrepreneurial).

Tricia Compas: co-inventor of the DayOne WaterbagTM and founder of DayOne Response, Inc., is an engineer with 5-years of experience working on water treatment technologies for developing countries, such as Thailand, Nicaragua, and Haiti. Her work has been recognized by President Clinton, and awarded first place in Cal Poly’s Ray Scherr Business Plan Competition and Innovation Quest. She started her development work when she co-founded Cal Poly’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Tricia was instrumental in building the chapter to over 100 students and 4 global projects. Domestically, Tricia participated in a Hurricane Katrina reconstruction project in Bayou LaBatre, AL. Tricia received her B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Cal Poly State University.

Why is your team uniquely qualified to run this venture?

Please meet our team:

Tricia Compas -- Founder and CEO
Tricia is a civil engineer with over five years of experience developing innovative water treatment technologies for developing countries. She is also the Co-Inventor of the DayOne Waterbag. Her roles at DayOne Response include leading the overall vision for DayOne Response and key technology development. She is responsible for establishing and expanding relationships with strategic partnerships, relief organizations, and potential customers.

Erin Gibbons -- COO
Erin has held management positions on multi-million dollar projects which have given her the experience to be a "big-picture" strategist and key player in launching DayOne Response, Inc. Erin works behind the scenes to manage the day to day operations and oversee the execution of the company’s strategic plans.

Amy Cagle -- VP Business Development
Amy has held various positions at several companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She specializes in sales and business strategy with extensive experience in company growth, communications, and marketing. Amy is responsible for developing and expanding our sales outreach and driving new revenue ops


What is the urgent social or environmental need you're addressing?

Every year over 255 million around the world are affected by disasters(CRED 2007). Recent headlines have included 20 million Pakistanis displaced by flooding in July 2010(Oxfam 2010) and 100,000 Haitians have suffered from cholera(Haiti’s MoPH, 2010), and 450,000 still need drinking water(Oxfam 2010). Protecting disaster survivors from waterborne disease is essential for rescue and recovery operations and often days pass before government or relief organizations can truck-in clean water or high-tech treatment trailers. Available alternatives are often ineffective both from a cost and treatment standpoint: filters are costly and clog, chlorine is less effective in dirty waters, and chlorine-resistant pathogens escape treatment. We are developing the DayOne WaterbagTM to solve this problem.

What is your solution to this need? Describe your business strategy.

The DayOne WaterbagTM, solves the problem of quickly providing safe drinking water following disasters when transport is limited. It is designed to maximize the effectiveness of Procter & Gamble's PŪR® Purifier of Water, and in a single unit, the Waterbag provides all that is needed for treatment. It is compact, easy to store, and suitable for distribution on a massive scale. In a single cargo plane, Waterbags allow for transport of 26-times more drinking water compared to other water systems. Quickly transporting the Waterbag to survivors empowers them to convert muddy water into clean drinking water (100,000 Waterbags would support 400,000 survivors). Over 200 million PŪR® packets have been distributed worldwide. The new benefits of the Waterbag + PUR® should lead to a similar expansion.

Some of our valued partners include: Procter & Gamble's Children's Safe Drinking Water Program, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, Cascade Designs, Inc., California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, and Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pt. Hueneme, CA.


Convince us it will work. What milestones have you achieved?

In 2008, President Bill Clinton recognized Tricia’s work and highlighted the need for the Waterbag technology in disaster response. This has helped to increase our network of relief orgs and people devoted to improving the lives of the disadvantaged. Milestones include: issuance of US Patent (Tricia is a co-inventor); usability testing in Nicaragua; and a grant from NCIIA (funded by the Lemelson Foundation). After DayOne Response was founded in April 2010, we participated in a U.S. Navy humanitarian relief exercise in Thailand and received a U.S. Navy R&D contract to produce Waterbags in collaboration with Cal Poly State Univ. and Cascade Designs, Inc. In March 2011, the DayOne Response, Inc. team traveled to Haiti to conduct field training of the Waterbag technology, with support from LDS-Humanitarian Services Division and International Medical Corps Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) teams. Together the teams introduced and trained over 200 Haitians on the Waterbag treatment. DayOne Response, Inc. is continuing to build partnerships and fill out a well-rounded business and technical team, as we grow and develop new products and penetrate new markets.

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