AquaHacking Challenge 2017

2017 finalists

Thank you to the 17 teams who pitched their solutions at the semi-finals, and congratulations to the 5 finalist teams who will be awarded a total of $75,000 on September 13, 2017

EMAGIN
ImPONDerable
Polygone
Fertilizer Burn
SIM Labs

Discover the 5 finalist teams

What is the AquaHacking Challenge?

Water experts, hackers, engineers, and other creative minds work together as a team for 10 weeks to develop functional, marketable innovations to help solve Lake Erie’s water issues.

  • $25,000
    Acceleration prize : $10,000
    • Spot at a local* well-known accelerator/incubator
    • Sit down with venture capitalist (name to be revealed soon)
    • 25 hours of consultation & mentorship with a professional
    • Production of a promotional video about developed solution
    • Media coverage
    • Booth to showcase solution at AquaHacking 2018
    • Access for 2 team members to the Fall 2017 Intrapreneurial Initiative (either in Montreal or Toronto)
    • Swag
  • $15,000
    Acceleration prize : $5,000
  • $10,000
    Acceleration prize : $3,000
    • Spot at a local* well-known accelerator/incubator
    • 15 hours of consultation & mentorship with a professional
    • Media coverage
    • 1 sit down session with a Deloitte expert
    • Swag
  • $5,000
    • 10 hours of consultation & mentorship with a professional
    • Media coverage
    • Swag
  • $2,000
    • 7 hours of consultation & mentorship with a professional
    • Media coverage
    • Swag

Our partners incubators

After the final, the 3 top finalists will win a spot within one of our partner incubators programs to push their solution further.

Velocity Garage is one of the world's premiere startup incubators in the heart of downtown Kitchener, and run by the University of Waterloo. This thriving community of 80+ startups is a springboard for high-performance companies, which receive free workspace, access to equipment, mentorship from a team of experienced business advisors, and the ability to leverage the Velocity network.

Laurier’s incubator, LaunchPad, run by the Schlegel Centre, provides unparalleled support, mentorship and resources (finance, marketing, accounting and technology) to startups founded by Laurier students, alumni and community members at the Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

WHAT ARE THE ISSUES WE'RE TACKLING THIS YEAR?

The smallest of the five Great Lakes, Lake Erie is the source of drinking water for over 11 million people in Canada and the US. The lake and its watershed play a critical role in supporting local, regional and national economies and are vital to the biological diversity and overall health of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River – the largest freshwater ecosystem on the planet.

Like all the Great Lakes, Lake Erie is at risk. Pollution from urban areas, agriculture and industry is affecting water quality. Invasive species are altering the ecosystem. Climate change is causing the lake’s water to become warmer. Together, these and other water issues threaten Lake Erie’s health as well as the quality of life and economic vitality that it supports.

The ultimate goal

There are 5 water issues we are focusing on this year. Whichever you choose to tackle, we are looking for practical solutions such as mobile apps, web platforms, hardware innovations, devices, or digital tools that help solve Lake Erie’s water issues.


WHERE CAN I FIND DATA?

Here are some links

How does judging work?

There are two judging phases: the semi-final and the final. At the semi-final, a high-tech jury panel will judge solutions based on usefulness, innovation, completeness of the solution, sustainability and business potential. We will be posting more details about our judges closer to the event.

Evaluation criteria for semi-final

The top 5 projects will be chosen and will move to the final. At the final, a jury of high-profile entrepreneurs, capital venture investors, technology executives and water experts will rate solutions based on usefulness, innovation, completeness of the solution, sustainability, business potential and the teams’ communications skills. We will be posting more details about our judges closer to the event.

Evaluation criteria for final

Further details about the Challenge

Still have questions about the Challenge?

Anyone 18 or older is welcome! We are looking for creative minds, whatever their field of expertise, but especially students, water researchers, developers, digital designers, programmers, engineers, technology enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and people who want to save the world!

This is a Spring/Summer challenge. March 29, 2017 is when we kick off. Challenge days will be held from April 15 to June 10, 2017.The semi-final is June 21 and the final is September 13. Check our Key Dates calendar.

The Great Lakes are under threat. In addition to cleaning up a vital water source and making the world a better place, there’s also $75,000 in cold hard cash, spots at local high-tech accelerators/incubators and much more up for grabs! See details about the prizes here.

Challenge Days are a great way to check in with mentors & tech experts to see how you’re doing. It's also a great way meet as a team and make sure your idea progresses. Challenge Days are optional, but teams are welcome to attend all if they wish, but . Check our Key Dates calendar.

I have a question that is not listed here. Who should I ask?

Feel free to email us at Claudia@aquahacking.com or reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook

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