On October 20th, our brilliant young innovators discovered their final rankings! The Particuleye team came in 1st place, winning the $20,000 seed funding prize! Relive this emotional moment here!

Scroll down this page to see the rankings & click here for the digital program.


The AquaHacking Challenge Lake Winnipeg Kicked-off in January 2020 and ran through to the Final in October 2020.


Water Issues

Drinking Water in Northern Communities

Drinking Water in Northern Communities

We need innovative and cost-effective solutions to support northern communities to test the quality of their own drinking water supplies while addressing community needs and Indigenous perspectives. Water Issue Leader: Pauline Gerrard from IISD

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Water and Land Management

Water and Land Management

We need exciting and innovative solutions to help farmers understand their fields in this changing climate so they can increase their profitability sustainably while reducing the amount of phosphorus that ends up in Lake Winnipeg. Water Issue Leaders are Mitchell Timmerman from Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development and Alanna Gray from Keystone Agricultural Producers

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Financing a healthier Lake Winnipeg

Financing a healthier Lake Winnipeg

We need exciting and innovative solutions, ideally using new financial technologies, to help concerned citizens easily invest money in the protection of Lake Winnipeg and find out what the impact of their money has been. Water Issue Leaders are Geoff Gunn and Madeline Stanley from the International Institute for Sustainable Development

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Fish Health

Fish Health

We need exciting and innovative solutions to remove drug residue from wastewater before it ends up in Lake Winnipeg and to assess fish health and populations without having to kill the fish being tested. Water Issue Leaders are Vince Palace, Lee Hrenchuk and Lauren Hayhurst from IISD Experimental Lakes Area

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We need exciting and innovative solutions to understand how microplastics end up in Lake Winnipeg and to remove microplastics from wastewater before they reach Lake Winnipeg. Water Issue Leaders are Chelsea Rochman, University of Toronto, Michael Rennie, Lakehead University and Sarah Warrack, IISD Experimental Lakes Area

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The Ranking :

October 20, 2020 was the final day of the AquaHacking Lake Winnipeg Challenge!

It was held live from the IISD_NEWS Facebook page. A panel of expert judges evaluated the solutions of our finalists.

Meet The Winners :

1st Place ($20,000): Particuleye Technologies

Issue – Microplastic.
Solution: their innovation Particuleye helping with their classification and quantification!

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2nd Place ($15,000): LasIr Nutrient Technology!

Issue – Water & Land management in agriculture

With their innovation, they’ve brought precision #farming techniques to a new level in the #fertilizer application.

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3rd Place ($10,000): Typha

Issue: Watershed Investment

Solution: An innovative eco-packaging made from cattails to fight against single-use plastics and eutrophication.

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4th Place ($2,500): Water Secure

Issue – Drinking Water in remote centers
Solution: They have developed a solution to help with #waterquality testing!

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5th Place ($2,500): AbbaTek

Issue – Microplastics
Solution: An algorithm Compound Connect to help fight #microplastic pollution.

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To learn more about the finalists’ solutions, read this article and follow their news.


Peter Tielmann, President, Palliser; IISD Board Member – Palliser Furniture Holdings Ltd.

Ray Bouchard, President, Chair of EMILI – Enns Brothers + EMILI

Jay Myers, Co-Founder & VP Growth – Bold Commerce

Glenn Crook, VP Commercial Financial Services, MB West; IISD-ELA Board Member – RBC

Mark Alexiuk, CTO & Co-Founder – Sightline Innovation Inc.

Joelle Foster, President – North Forge

Annette Trimbee, President & Vice-Chancellor – University of Winnipeg

Dayna Spiring, President & CEO – Economic Development Winnipeg

Ray Hoemsen, Executive Director, Research Partnerships & Innovation – Red River College

Masoud Asadzadeh, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering (Water Resources) – University of Manitoba

Joanne Zuk, Assistant Deputy Minister, Renewal and Strategic Alignment – Government of Manitoba

Chris Kirby, Senior Technology Leader – IBM

Anne-Pascale Richardson, Program Manager – AquaHacking


National Financial Partners

Local Financial Partners

Academic Partners

Implementation Partners