We are proud to be bringing the AquaHacking Challenge to Atlantic Canada for the first time!
Young tech entrepreneurs from across the region will be engaged to create innovative solutions to some of Atlantic Canada’s leading water issues.


The AquaHacking Challenge in Atlantic Canada will Kick-off in February 2020 and run through to the Final in September 2020.


Water Issues

Algal Blooms and Eutrophication

Algal Blooms and Eutrophication

How can we manage and prevent algal blooms before they occur? Water Issue Leader: Roxanne Mckinnon, ACAP St. John

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Sediment and Pesticide Runoff

Sediment and Pesticide Runoff

How can we minimize the impacts of soil and pesticide runoff in our Aquatic ecosystems? Water Issue Leaders: Angela Banks & Mary Finch, PEI Watershed Alliance

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Treatment of Drinking water in rural and First Nations Communities

Treatment of Drinking water in rural and First Nations Communities

How can we develop tools to empower small rural and Indigenous communities to manage their drinking water supplies in a sustainable and culturally appropriate way? Water Issue leaders: Stephanie Gora, Centre for Water Resources Studies, Dalhousie University and Mike Chaulk, CBCL Limited

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Private Well Safety

Private Well Safety

How can we improve the safety of private well drinking water? Water Issue Leaders: Gavin Kennedy, Nova Scotia Department of Energy & Mines and Gordon Check, Nova Scotia Environment

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Microplastics from fishing gear

Microplastics from fishing gear

How can microplastics from fishing gear (threads, fragments) be prevented from entering aquatic environments and how can fishing gear be retrieved before furthering the problem of microplastic accumulation?​ Water Issue Leader: Ariel Smith, Coastal Action

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Charlottetown, PEI, Tuesday, Jan 28 -12:30 pm – Room 142, Andrew Hall (550 University Ave)

Memorial University, Thursday, January 30 – 12 pm (Lunch & Learn) – Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship, S.J. Carew (Engineering) Building – EN3075

Saint Mary’s University, Thursday, February 6 – 12:45 pm (Lunch & Learn)  – SMU campus, Loyola Private Dining Room (L298)

Dalhousie University – Thursday, February 6 – 7:30 pm – Short pitch at Ocean Tech VR Challenge wrap-up – ShiftKey Labs, 4th Goldberg Building, 6050 University Avenue

Dalhousie University – Feb 10 – 12:00 pm – T-Room

University of New Brunswick  – Feb 11 – 12:00 pm (Lunch & Learn) – UNB Fredericton campus, room TBD

Memorial UniversityFeb 13 – Time TBD – St. John’s Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship, 240 Prince Phillip Drive 40 Arctic Avenue, Engineering Building, EN-3075, S.J. Carew Building

Dalhousie IDEA Speaker Series – March 6 – 4:30 to 7:30 pm – Halifax, Richard Murray Design Building, Irving Oil Auditorium, 5257 Morris Street

Online Info-session – April 17, 11 am AST

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Ask Me Anything Online Sessions – Register here


Treatment of Drinking Water in Rural and First Nations Communities, Monday, April 27 (12 pm ADT / 11 am EDT)

with Mike Chaulk (CBCL Limited) & AquaHacking Alumnus Naysan Sarah (CANN Forecast)

Microplastics from Fishing Gear, Wednesday, April 29 (12 pm ADT / 11 am EDT)

with Ariel Smith (Coastal Action) & AquaHacking Alumnus Lauren Smith (Polygone Technologies)

Well Water Safety, Thursday, April 30 (12 pm ADT / 11 am EDT)

with Gavin Kennedy (Nova Scotia Energy & Mines) & Gordon Check (Nova Scotia Environment)

Sediment and Pesticide Runoff, Friday, May 1 (9 am ADT / 8 am EDT)

with Mary Finch (PEI Watershed Alliance)

Algal Blooms and Eutrophication, Friday, May 1 (3 pm ADT / 2 pm EDT)

with Roxanne MacKinnon (ACAP Saint John) & AquaHacking Alumnus Jason Deglint (Blue Lion Labs)

These sessions were organized in collaboration with Hackworks and Aqua Forum.


More information

For more information about upcoming info sessions, webinars and sponsorship opportunities,

contact us: aislin.livingstone@smu.ca

Advisory committee members


Dr. Amina Stoddart – Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Dalhousie University
Andrew Sinclair – Surface Water Quality Specialist, Nova Scotia Environment
Colleen McNeil – Analyst, Water and Ecosystems, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Dr. Linda Campbell – Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Science, Saint Mary’s University
Simon Mitchell – Senior Specialist, Freshwater, WWF-Canada
Dr. Stephanie Gora – Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Water Resources Studies, Dalhousie University
Marc Skinner – Senior Associate, Marine Technical Leader, Stantec

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