AquaHacking Lake Winnipeg

Welcome to the AquaHacking Lake Winnipeg 2020 Challenge!

Registration deadline is May 15, 2020. If you are interested in joining after this date, please email Catherine at 


What is AquaHacking?

AquaHacking is a startup competition designed to support technology and business development addressing environmental problems related to freshwater. After 5 successful years in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region, AquaHacking is coming to the Prairies: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is proud to host the AquaHacking Lake Winnipeg 2020 Challenge in Winnipeg, Manitoba on traditional lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Ojibwe-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Between January and October 2020, AquaHacking Lake Winnipeg will engage students and young professionals to team up and develop innovative solutions to the specific water issues facing the Lake Winnipeg Basin. With guidance and support from expert mentors in water, tech, and business, the multidisciplinary teams will compete for $50,000 in cash prizes and incubator space.

We encourage all AquaHacking participants to collaborate with Indigenous partners and engage with Traditional Knowledge as they develop sustainable tech and business solutions to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg.

What are the water issues?

The water issue themes for the AquaHacking Lake Winnipeg Challenge are:

Watershed Investment

Fish Health


Water and Land Management

Drinking Water


You can find additional resources related to these Water Issues here.

Information Sessions 

Can’t make it to an in-person info session? No worries! Watch the virtual presentation here.

Virtual Info Session

Date: April 15

Time: 11:00 AM CDT

Registration link:

Rules and Regulations

To view this challenge's Rules and Regulations, please visit the bottom of the "Judging" page.


These virtual workshops will help you design, build, and pitch your solution:
Design Thinking, Machine Learning, and Pitch Perfect.

We recommend starting with the Design Thinking workshop as it will give your team foundational tools for the initial concepts of your solution. The Machine Learning workshop will help your team understand what technical functionality is possible with machine learning algorithms. Finally, the Pitch Perfect workshop will provide tips to help you pitch your solution to the judges at the Semi-Final! You can find them all under the "Workshops" tab.      

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