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.


Timeline

The AquaHacking Challenge in British Columbia will Kick-off in October 2019 and run through to the Final in June 2020.

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Water Issues

How can we improve water quality in our lakes and streams by reducing stormwater contamination?

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 Inc

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How can we prevent damage from invasive mussels?

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 Board

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How can we reduce the amount of water used outdoors by B.C. homes and businesses?

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.

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How can we reduce damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure and better communicate the risk of flooding to communities?

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 Canada

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How can we improve access to clean drinking water for Indigenous communities in B.C.?

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 Alliance

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Aquahacking
2020 CHALLENGE British Columbia

ON-CAMPUS INFO-SESSIONS

On-campus INFO-SESSIONS will take place on campuses across BC in October and November:

Weekly webinars will begin on the third week of October:

Thursdays Nov 28, Dec 5 and 12 and Monday Dec 16 – 10 AM- PST: Register here

UVIC: details to be confirmed.

Thompson River University: details to be confirmed

Pearson College Victoria: details to be confirmed

University of Northern BC: details to be confirmed

Check back here for more dates & locations.

MORE INFORMATION 

Contact us at Carolina.restrepo@obwb.ca

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

Staff

James Littley,  AquaHacking B.C. Project Manager – Okanagan Basin Water Board

Carolina Restrepo Tamayo, AquaHacking B.C. Coordinator – Okanagan Basin Water Board

 

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