AquaHacking Lake Winnipeg

Welcome to the AquaHacking Lake Winnipeg 2020 Challenge! We’re so glad you’re here. If you’re ready to register, click the “JOIN” button to the right or scroll down to learn more!

 

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

Microplastics

Water and Land Management

Drinking Water

Information Sessions 

Open to the Public:

Date Institution Location  Time
Feb 13 University of Winnipeg Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex Atrium    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 
Feb 14  Assiniboine Community College Room 428, Main Campus 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (two sessions)
Feb 25 Brandon University  Room 4-47, Brodie Science Centre   12:40 pm - 1:30 pm 
Mar 9 Red River College - Exchange District Campus  P107 - 160 Princess Street 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Open to Members Only: 

Date Institution  Location  Time
Feb 11 North Forge Technology Exchange Lunch n' Learn  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

Rules and Regulations

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

Workshops

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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