We are proud to be bringing the AquaHacking Challenge to British Columbia for the first time!
Young tech entrepreneurs from across the province will be engaged to create innovative solutions to some of B.C.’s leading water issues.
How can we improve water quality in our lakes and streams by reducing stormwater contamination?
Hydrocarbon, metal and pathogen contaminants run off of roads, sidewalks and driveways and flow through the stormwater system into our lakes and streams. The pollutants degrade drinking water, harm fish, and the quality of swimming beaches. Stormwater pollution is a serious problem in B.C., where many communities rely on surface drinking water sources, but the problem is widespread throughout North America and the world. Water Issue Leaders: Larratt Aquatic Consulting Ltd. and Associated Environmental Consultants IncSee more
How can we prevent damage from invasive mussels?
Technology is needed to improve prevention methods, and also to develop ways to minimize the damage the mussels do to boats, intakes and other infrastructure. Such technology would have a market across most of North America. Water Issue Leader: Okanagan Basin Water BoardSee more
How can we reduce the amount of water used outdoors by B.C. homes and businesses?
In the Okanagan, residential outdoor watering is the second-highest use after agriculture, primarily on lawns, created for mostly cosmetic purposes, and gardens. Residential outdoor water use creates an economic burden on communities for the costs of piping, storage and infrastructure to service the high summer water demand. Technology to reduce outdoor use could be widely applied throughout the North American west. Water Issue Leaders: City of Kelowna and Regional District of North Okanagan.See more
How can we reduce damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure and better communicate the risk of flooding to communities?
New technology to improve the way we reduce flood hazards in communities and communicate flood risk would be valuable to local and senior governments, the insurance industry and to consumers across North America and internationally. Water Issue Leaders: Fraser Basin Council and Natural Resources CanadaSee more
How can we improve access to clean drinking water for Indigenous communities in B.C.?
Indigenous communities throughout Canada lack access to clean and safe drinking water. Solutions need to be found to improve water testing and treatment in order to realize basic human rights for Indigenous Peoples in Canada and address the disproportionate lack of clean drinking water. Water Issue Leaders: Natural Resources Research and Okanagan Nation AllianceSee more
Weekly webinars – Every Thursdays
January 9, 16, 23, 30 + February 6, 13, 20 – 10 AM- PST (1 PM EST): Register here
On-campus info-session will take place on campuses across BC
BCIT Burnaby Campus: Monday, February 10, 1:00 – 2:00 PM – Town Square A – SE02-212A
UVIC: Tuesday January 14th 1:30 PM David Strong Building Room C122
Royal Roads: details to be confirmed
Pearson College Victoria: details to be confirmed
Contact us at Carolina.firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisory Committee Members
Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board
Denise Neilsen, Director – Okanagan Water Stewardship Council
Dave Teasdale, Professor – Okanagan College
Andrew Greer, CoFounder & Community Catalyst – PURPPL Accelerator
David Saltman, Founder – Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council
Rehan Sadiq, Dean and Professor – School of Engineering University of British Columbia Okanagan
Kariann Aarup, Partnerships and Program Development – AquaHacking
Corie Griffiths, Director – Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission
Jeremy Clowes, Principal – Water and Waste Water Engineer Urban Systems
Don Dobson, Principal – Dobson Engineering
Rod MacLean, Manager – Utility Planning City of Kelowna
Okanagan Nation Alliance – member to be confirmed
Matthew Woods, Manager – Cleantech Planning and Innovation Branch Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology Province of British Columbia
Tarik Dessouki, Director – Environmental and Climate Monitory Section B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
James Littley, AquaHacking B.C. Project Manager – Okanagan Basin Water Board
Carolina Restrepo Tamayo, AquaHacking B.C. Coordinator – Okanagan Basin Water Board