The AquaHacking Challenge engages young innovators to develop innovative clean-tech solutions to help solve North America’s freshwater issues.

What We Envision

AquaHacking aspires to see improvements in the quality of fresh water in North America to enhance public health.

What We Do

To achieve our vision, we developed  the AquaHacking Challenge  as a water tech challenge,  to enable young innovators to apply their passion and know-how to solve water issues with demand-driven innovation, through the creation of viable enterprise

How We Do it

Each year, ve several months Aqua Hacking  invites young university-based innovators into a structured and supported water tech-challenge to ‘hack’ solutions for water; and establishes cross-sector collaborations between the tech, environment, business, academia and government sectors to ensure demand-driven solutions can be implemented. 

Key elements of the success of our programming include:
•         A multi-sector advisory committee of experts (academia, government, environment, business) oversees all aspects of the Aqua Hacking Challenge;
•         Water challenges defined by water experts & end-users ensuring solutions are demand-driven & implementable;
•         Hacking teams supported by mentors and coaches from various fields of expertise, including water, engineering, programming, business etc.;
•         Capacity building of teams through workshops on “Design thinking” and “Artificial intelligence”, and “Building the perfect pitch”;
•         Secured spots in incubators and accelerators are secured for winning teams to support the full development of their innovation.

Scaling out AquaHacking

Having already enabled 11 water-tech solutions and enterprises, AquaHacking is expanding its programming, enabling stakeholders in watersheds across Canada and the US to carry out similar initiatives, multiplying and spreading impacts more rapidly.

We have seen growing interest for the model from a diversity of watersheds. We are keen to see Aqua Hacking grow and will make the model available through regional partnerships with leading water organizations, ensuring quality of program delivery and impactful outcomes.