AquaHacking Challenge 2019

Who is eligible to participate in the AquaHacking Challenge?

Students or young professionals that are at least 18 years of age and who reside in Canada or the United States are eligible to participate in the AquaHacking Challenge.

To be successful, teams should have the following skills represented by their team members: water science, engineering, programming, sustainable development, data analysis and marketing. Each team member should be persistent, creative, passionate, entrepreneurial and have excellent communication skills.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at

How do I register for the AquaHacking Challenge?

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 form a team. First, you can invite your friends, classmates or peers to register for the AquaHacking Challenge and join your team.

Second, you can use the Matchmaking tool on the registration platform to look at the skillsets that other participants have. 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 are 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.

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 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 are detailed on the homepage.

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

February 15: Registration Opens
March 21: Water Issues are announced & Workshop Content is available online
May 15: Registration Closes
June 15: Semi-Final Event (Toronto)
July 12 - 14: Expedition for Top 5 Finalist Teams
September 27: Final Event for Top 5 Finalist Teams (Montreal)

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