AquaHacking Atlantic Canada


Who can participate in the AquaHacking Challenge?

If you’re a post-secondary student or young professional between the ages of 18 - 35 you’re welcome to participate!

AquaHacking is a great way for young innovators to gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in creating a start-up designed to tackle Atlantic Canada’s pressing water issues. The program is well suited for curious minds and risk-takers from a variety of backgrounds, including water and environmental science, engineering, programming, data analysis, policy, and marketing – just to name a few.

The Challenge is open to participants from across all four Atlantic Provinces (and beyond).

Do I have to pay to participate?

The Challenge is FREE. Participants can participate virtually until the Semi-Final event in May. If you can’t cover costs to attend the Semi-Final in-person, contact us for more information on travel support.

The five Finalist teams attending the water Expedition and Final are covered for any travel expenses.

How do I register for the AquaHacking Challenge?

Click JOIN on the right-hand side of this page. After clicking 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 do I form a team?

There are two ways to form a team:
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 look for participants with the skillsets and interests you need to complete your team.

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

How many people do I need on my team?

Each team needs at least 2 members. In past AquaHacking Challenges, teams composed of participants from a variety of backgrounds have tended to be more successful. With this in mind, we recommend that teams have the following skills represented by their members: water and environmental science, engineering, programming, data analysis and marketing. While there is no maximum, think about setting a manageable group size.

What are the Water Issues?

The Water Issues are the specific challenges that teams will build solutions for this year. Each Water Issue will focus on a different aspect of fresh and marine water. Each team will need to choose one of the five Water Issues and build a solution that is desirable, feasible, and viable. Each of the Water Issues will be detailed on the homepage after the official Kickoff on February 26, 2020. See the water themes above to give you a sense of the issues at this time.

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

Kickoff: February 26, 2020, Halifax, NS – Saint Mary’s University, Unilever Lounge, Sobey Business School
Sem-final: May 2020, Halifax, NS (date and location coming soon)
Expedition: June 2020 (date and location coming soon)
Final: September 2020, Halifax, NS (date and location coming soon)

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