2017 Challenge

Help keep Lake Erie healthy!

Calling on water students, hackers and engineers to put technological innovation to work in solving Lake Erie’s water issues.

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2017 Summit

Elsevier’s 4th Water Research Conference

The role of water technology innovation in the blue economy

September 10-13, 2017
Crowne Plaza & Federation Hall
Waterloo, Ontario

2017 Program

What is aquahacking?

THE MOVEMENT

AquaHacking is a multi-generational, multi-sector and multi-stakeholder movement that aims to conserve the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin, and to foster the quality and responsible use of its waters.

WHAT WE DO

We bring together people and organizations from all sectors (e.g., government at all levels, First Nations, private sector, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations and the general public) to develop integrated strategies for water policy and governance.
We champion emerging clean-tech innovation and entrepreneurship in water.
We engage not just the decision-leaders of today but the leaders of tomorrow by raising awareness of water problems and fostering their commitment to solving them.

HOW WE DO IT

Ours is a two-pronged approach: a hacking challenge and a summit.

Hacking Challenge

• Format: Over several weeks, multi-disciplinary teams of water students, hackers and engineers work together to develop environmentally sustainable solutions (mobile apps, web platforms, hardware) for water issues affecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin.

• Expected outcome: Functional, marketable innovations that have true impact in solving water issues.

Summit

Format: A two-day conference featuring expert speakers, panelists, and representatives of all stakeholder groups to discuss critical issues affecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin.
Expected outcome: Increased collaboration and effectiveness in the development of common strategies.

OVERVIEW: AQUAHACKING 2016 - UNITED FOR THE ST. LAWRENCE

As part of our efforts to preserve the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, AquaHacking 2016: United for the St. Lawrence gathered more than 350 participants, 20 keynote speakers and expert panelists as well as all levels of government, last October at the Palais des Congrès, in Montreal.

WINNERS OF THE CHALLENGE

This past October 7, as part of the AquaHacking 2016 Summit: United for the St. Lawrence, the winner of the AquaHacking 2016 Challenge was announced, from a pool of five finalists. These teams have been working for several months on their technological solutions to help protect the St. Lawrence River.

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YOUTH DECLARATION

The Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Mr. David Heurtel and the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Mr. Glen Murray announced the creation of a joint committee on the management of water for the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River and the water quality of the Ottawa river. A historic first!

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STRATÉGIE QUÉBÉCOISE DE L'EAU 2017-2032

Public Consultation on the Quebec strategy water 2017-2032

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