2017 Challenge

Discover the 2017 challenge winner!

At the 2017 AquaHacking Summit, 5 finalist teams of water students, hackers and engineers presented their innovative solutions to help solve Lake Erie’s water issues.

2017 Results

2017 Summit

Elsevier’s 4th Water Research Conference

Keynote speakers, panelists, 2017 Challenge participants, 2017 Youth Delegation and more than 250 participants attended the 3rd AquaHacking Summit in Waterloo

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What is the AquaHacking Challenge?

THE CHALLENGE

The AquaHacking Challenge engages the rising generation to develop innovative clean-tech solutions to help solve North America’s freshwater issues.


WHAT WE DO

We engage with the tech-savvy rising generation, the tech community, government and eNGOs to innovate pragmatic tech solutions to advance water quality improvement efforts across North America. 

We do this by:

  • Championing emerging clean-tech innovation and entrepreneurship in water through a hacking challenge
  • Leveraging local ecosystems to ensure lasting local impact and that solutions are embedded
  • Making the AquaHacking Challenge available to communities and organisations across North America through an open-source replication model


HOW WE DO IT

Each year, over several months, we engage with and recruit multi-disciplinary teams of hackers, engineers and water experts from various university campuses to collaborate and develop environmentally sustainable engineering, web and mobile solutions to water issues affecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin.

AquaHacking’s goal is to create solutions that have a market and answer a true need. We therefore engage with key stakeholders, such as eNGOS and water experts, to help define the water issues that will be tackled to ensure the solutions developed are practical and directly connected to implementing agencies, ensuring tangible results. 

  • Expected results:  Functional, marketable solutions that have a realistic and measurable impact in solving water issues.

OVERVIEW: AQUAHACKING 2017 - UNITED FOR LAKE ERIE

As part of our efforts to preserve the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, AquaHacking 2017: United for Lake Erie gathered more than 200 participants, a dozen keynote speakers and expert panelists as well as all levels of government, last September at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo (ON).

WINNERS OF THE CHALLENGE

Thank you to the 17 teams who pitched their solutions at the 2017 AquaHacking Challenge semi-finals, and congratulations to the 5 finalist teams who were awarded a total of $75,000 on September 13, 2017!

Discover the winners!

YOUTH DECLARATION

As part of AquaHacking 2017, a delegation of young professionals and students have combined their forces to outline a vision for Lake Erie by 2020. The theme of the AquaHacking Youth Delegation 2017 has been anchored around asking ourselves: “how can we do things differently?”. 

Read the declaration

PHOTO ALBUM

The 2017 AquaHacking Summit - United for Lake Erie was filled with exciting keynotes and panel discussions and lots of great new connections.

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