2018 AquaHacking - Lake Ontario & Beyond

Each year, over several months, the AquaHacking Challenge engages with rising gen hackers, engineers and marketers from various universities to create multi-disciplinary teams and develop clean-tech engineering, web and mobile solutions to water issues affecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin.

After the inspiring success of the three previous editions of the AquaHacking Challenge, this year’s challenge – 2018 AquaHacking: Lake Ontario & Beyond – will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018 as part of Ontario’s Water Innovation Week in collaboration with WaterTAP, at the Design Exchange in Toronto

Register now


Regular ticket: $100

NGOs ($50) and Students ($25) contact us to apply for discount code.

2:00 PM 2:30 PM

Registration and refreshment

2:30 PM 2:35 PM

Opening of 2018 AquaHacking: Lake Ontario & Beyond

Kat Kavanagh, Executive Director of Water Rangers, AH’15 Winner, Event’s MC

2:35 PM 2:45 PM

Welcoming Remarks and Water Ceremony

J'net AyAy Qwa Yak Sheelth, Indigenous Arts Leader

2:45 PM 2:50 PM

Opening Remarks

Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien and David UllrichCo-chairs of Aqua Forum 

2:50 PM 3:20 PM

How to Stop the Drip, Drip, Drip of America’s Tap Water Health Crisis

Keynote address by Ken Cook, President and co-founder, Environmental Working Group 

For decades Americans took our abundance of safe drinking water for granted. No more. Emerging science, high profile contamination problems, a growing public push for transparency about contaminants in our water, and new approaches to water testing and treatment are disrupting the status quo. How can citizens “hack” these new forces to clean up our water, prevent contamination in the first place, and hold governments and polluters accountable? 

3:20 PM 3:50 PM

We Are Water

Keynote address by Jill Heinerth, Explorer-in-residence, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

An imaginative, entertaining, and enlightening presentation about our planet’s endangered freshwater resources, featuring breathtaking underwater images and videography. 

3:50 PM 3:55 PM

AquaHacking Challenge -Behind the scene: the unexpected journey

Recap video of the 2018 AquaHacking Challenge and the participants

3:55 PM 4:15 PM

Break & Refreshment

4:15 PM 4:25 PM

Opening of the 2018 AquaHacking Challenge Final

4:25 PM 4:35 PM

AquaHacking Alumni: where are they now?

Jason DeglintCEO, Blue Lion Labs

Lauren SmithCEO, PolyGone Technologies Inc.

Where are they now? Reflection on making the most of the Challenge

4:35 PM 5:25 PM

2018 AquaHacking Challenge Finalists' Final Pitches

The 2018 finalists put their work, their water tech solutions and their business plan in the spotlight!

5:25 PM 5:45 PM

Break, refreshment & Finalists' Tradeshow

5:45 PM 6:05 PM

2018 AquaHacking Award Ceremony

Announcement of the 2018 AquaHacking Challenge Winners

6:05 PM 6:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Philippe III de Gaspé Beaubien

6:15 PM 7:30 PM

COCKTAIL & CELEBRATION