Solutions in Development
Since 2015, AquaHacking has foster the development of some 40 solutions and today at least 10 of them are still active. Wether they are still in development or already on the market we are very proud to continue to support them.
Water Rangers (2015 Winner)
Water Rangers has build tool kits to help citizens and scientists easily record and analyse water data so that they can use the data to learn about water problems, share discoveries and engage with their neighbours. Their tool kits and web platform are currently being used by more than 60 groups located in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Alabama and Florida. They have register over 18,000 observations from different sources, including one indigenous community, two municipalities, ten schools, four conservation authorities and more than a dozen NGOs.
CANN Forecast (2016 Winner)
The team won the 2016 Challenge under the name of Info-Baignade ("Info-Swim"). Based on artificial intelligence, their solution is able to predict water quality more reliably than the traditional way of sampling. Since that time they have rebranded themselves as CANN Forecast and are now being incubated at District3 at Concordia University. Their solution has also since evolved and they now offer two applications for their tech innovation: solutions aiming to improve decision-making with regards to beach management as well as decisions related to urban water-infrastructure maintenance management & planning. After signing their first contract with the City of Montreal, they continue the refinement of their technology and their deployment in several municipalities throughout Quebec and Ontario.
Solutions to Innovate (2nd in 2016)
S2I has developed the “Nyaki”, an erosion-protection pillar that mitigates coastal erosion caused by waves. Currently incubated at Centech, at ETS, S2I is currently working on their prototype and stands out on the entrepreneurial scene as 1st place winner at the Montreal Inc. Foundation's Bootcamp competition in 2017.
Currently S2I is looking to hire 3 people to add to their team.
GoExplo (4th in 2016)
With their GoExplo Web-based platform, the team “H2EAU”, made their mark at the 2016 AquaHacking Challenge. Their solution aims to provide the populatization of scientific data for public consumption in relation to natural resources research within Quebec such as the St. Lawrence River. Supported by Stratégies Saint-Laurent and registered as a not-for-profit since 2017, the team continues to improve its platform and collaborates with the Zapiens to produce data sheets, scientific video clips and learning and assessment situation sheets about the St. Lawrence River that will soon be available in schools throughout Quebec.
SIM Labs (2017 Winner)
SIM Labs has developed a fast and robust way to not only automatically identify and enumerate different species of cyanobacteria, but also predict HAB behavioural trend. The Systematic Intelligent Monitoring (SIM) system is a proprietary AI-powered imaging system. They are incubated at Velocity and have just finalised their first prototype.
EMAGIN (2nd in 2017)
Incubated at Velocity, EMAGIN has developed an artificial intelligence platform, HARVI, which provides water and wastewater facilities with real-time, proactive decision support. In doing so, HARVI helps reduce operational costs, improve reliability and prepare for emergencies. Already awarded several times, EMAGIN is spreading across Canada.
Maple Precision (3rd in 2017)
It's under the name of Fertilizer Burn that this team has won the 3rd place of the 2017 Challenge. They have developed a portable soil analysis laboratory and a mobile application that will provide the user with soil data in situ, in real time. The goal is to collect enough real-time data to justify applying a specific amount of chemicals(like phosphorus) to the field and reducing the risk of too much (or insufficient) application of chemicals in supersaturated areas. Since the challenge, they have changed their name to Maple Precision, are incubated at Wilfried Laurier University's LaunchPad and are currently working on improving their prototype.
PolyGone Technologies (4th in 2017)
PolyGone, a team made up entirely of women, tackles pollution caused by microplastics to encourage us to stop eating our dirty laundry! Wastewater from washing machines contains textile microfibers that pass through municipal filtration systems and enters our food supply and drinking water. PolyGone's products (sheets and filters) are based on a unique combination of technologies that efficiently and easily capture microfibers in the washing machine. Recently they have obtained 100% capture rates and plan to release their first prototype in the coming months.
Cyano Sleuth (5th in 2017)
Branded as ImPONDerable, the 2017 Challenge team “Cyano Sleuth” has developed an app and a monitoring kit that encourages citizen-science, empowering users to test water for nutrients and toxins, letting them know immediately whether the water is suitable for swimming or not. Their platform allows users to upload their results and inform others of the health of their local water bodies. You can contribute to the improvement of their prototype by going to their website.
POLY-MER (2017 participant)
Team POLY-MER has developed an unrestricted solution for collecting and identifying microplastics in lakes and rivers. They are currently working on a toolkit to help municipalities take action and increase awareness of microplastic issues. In addition to support AquaHacking, the team has received official support from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative to implement the first charter of mayors committed to addressing plastic pollution in Canada around the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin. As a result, they have won their first partnership with the City of Beauharnois (QC), which will officially launch their microplastic collection project in spring 2018