AquaHacking Lake Winnipeg

Who can participate in the AquaHacking Challenge?

Anyone 18+ or with written consent from their parent/legal guardian is welcome!

AquaHacking is a great opportunity for students, recent grads, and early career professionals of all backgrounds – scientists, programmers, engineers, communications and marketing professionals, biologists, sustainability advocates, designers, activists, entrepreneurs, policy experts, and anyone who is interested in improving the health of our freshwater!

More details on the eligibility requirements can be found in the Rules & Regulations document.

Do I have to pay anything to participate?

Nope! It’s free to register and teams can participate virtually up until the Semi-Final. If you’d like to participate in-person at the Semi-Final but the costs are prohibitive, find out if your school or employer offers any travel grants or contact us and we’ll see what we can do to help!

The 5 Finalist Teams (or representatives from each) must participate in-person in the Expedition (August 2020) and the Final (October 2020) but we will cover travel expenses for these events.

How do I register?

Click JOIN on the right-hand side of this page. Once you click JOIN, you will be prompted to sign in or create a Hackworks account. Continue to follow the prompts to register.

How do I edit my profile after I register?

To edit your profile, log into your Hackworks account and click the profile icon located in the top right corner of the website.

How can I find team members?

There are two ways to find team members:

1) Invite your friends, classmates, peers, and colleagues to register and join your team.
2) Use the Matchmaking tool on the Hackworks registration platform to find team members with the skill sets and interests you need.

The Matchmaking tool is a great way for individuals to join existing teams and for teams to find additional members to optimize their collective skill sets. Once you’re registered, you can start searching for teams to join, or create a team page and start recruiting team members to work on your idea.

A Slack channel will also be available to registrants to help you find team members.
All teams must have a minimum of 2 people (there is no maximum).

The more multi-disciplinary your team is, the more likely you will be successful. We recommend having some or all of the following skills represented by your team members: water science, engineering, programming, sustainable development, data analysis and marketing.

What are the key dates I need to mark in my calendar?

Kick-Off: January 31, 2020, Winnipeg, MB
Semi-Final: Week of June 8-12, 2020 (Exact date TBC), Winnipeg, MB
Expedition (Finalists only): August 1-3, 2020, Lake Winnipeg (MB) and IISD Experimental Lakes Area (ON)
Final (Finalists only): October 14, 2020, Winnipeg, MB

If I don’t live in Winnipeg, can I still participate?

Absolutely! We welcome participants from across the Prairies and beyond.
You can participate in the Challenge virtually from the Kick-Off until the Semi-Final (January – June 2020). Representatives of the 5 finalist teams will be required to attend the Expedition (August) and Final (October) in person; we’ll cover finalists’ expenses for these events.

I’d like to partner with AquaHacking—how do I get involved?

We are always open to new partnerships and would love to hear from you! Please email IISD’s AquaHacking Coordinator, Catherine van Reenen, at

My question isn’t here—what should I do?

No worries! Please email IISD’s AquaHacking Coordinator, Catherine van Reenen, at

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