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.

Admission to the AquaHacking Challenge is completely free.

We enable teams to make something great by organizing challenge days during which teams have access to spaces to work, mentors and experts to guide the process, plus all the food they can eat. 

A standard hackathon lasts from 24 to 48 hours. This is different. Because we are looking for long-term, environmentally sustainable mobile, web or hardware solutions that are truly functional and marketable in the real world, we give you 10 weeks to work on them leading up to the semi-final, and then several months to refine your solution until the final!

Sure! Once the Challenge has been launched, teams can work on their solutions as much as they want, whenever they want.

Participants can start hacking as soon as the Challenge is launched. Proposed solutions must never have been previously published, exhibited publicly, or submitted in any hackathon, exhibition, or similar competition, contest, or event. 

All proprietary code used in the proposed solutions must be developed during the Challenge period, though we allow teams who have previously started work on design, wireframes, or mock-ups.

Bring whatever you hack/work with (in terms of hardware), a creative mind and an idea.

There’s no cap.  If you have an idea and want to be part of a team, we'll help you find people to hack with. It's also ok to do it alone, but it probably won't be as fun.

In 2017, there were five challenges teams have to focus on solving. (see issues)

Not a problem! Hacking challenges are a great opportunity to learn new skills, meet inspiring people and push yourself further. Plus, mentors will be onsite to help with your project, meeting teams and identifying the issues you want to tackle! If you like to learn in a creative and stimulating environment, sign up and join the fun!