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The AquaHacking Quebec 2023 Challenge Final: An event not to be missed!

By AP Richardson
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The Quebec 2023 AquaHacking Challenge Finals: An event not to be missed!

Excitement is running high as we approach one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year! On October 20, we’re proud to be hosting the AquaHacking Québec Challenge Finals. This is much more than just a competition – it’s a celebration of ingenuity, determination and passion for protecting our vital water resources.

After months of intensive preparation, the finalist teams are ready to unveil their innovative solutions to the aquatic challenges facing Quebec. This is your chance to discover the initiatives that will shape the future of water management and conservation in this province.

Here’s a brief presentation of the 5 teams selected to go forward to the finals.


The Modul’Eau team at ÉTS offers a turnkey service for mapping water quality in aquatic environments. Data is collected live by an innovative hovercraft system, which is coupled with GPS positioning to provide a global view of water quality at the creek level. Modul’Eau is made up of a number of interchangeable modules, offering great adaptability to different analysis needs, as well as the possibility of upgrading with new modules.


The AquaBots team at INRS offers real-time access to geotagged data for monitoring water quality in urban streams. By combining artificial intelligence, robotics and cutting-edge technologies, we offer an innovative and effective solution for analyzing pollutants and identifying their sources, using miniaturized sensors to measure water properties such as PH, temperature, dissolved oxygen concentration, turbidity, electrical conductivity and the presence of chemical substances such as heavy metals.


The EnviroScientys team at INRS has developed an intelligent probe, SWEEP – Snow Water Equivalent Estimation Probe – which can monitor changes in snow cover in real time and predict the availability of water from melting snow. By helping to optimize water consumption, SWEEP also contributes to a more efficient and sustainable use of water resources.


The Rêver Haut team proposes Mapsense AI, a web-based platform integrating a GIS geographic information system and artificial intelligence capable of detecting sensitive areas from satellite images.


Sherbrooke’s Géomage team offers the Archipel solution to address the challenges of St. Lawrence River habitats. Archipel is the first decision-support tool for the management of sensitive environments. With Archipel, users can visualize data at different cartographic and temporal scales, access a rich catalog of standardized, ready-to-use data, and benefit from a suite of powerful analysis tools to rapidly identify and characterize priority intervention zones.

The innovation displayed by these five finalist teams testifies to the urgency and collective will to respond to the crucial water-related challenges facing our province. Their dedication and ingenuity underscore the depth of their commitment to a more sustainable Quebec.

A huge thank you to our panel of judges for their invaluable expertise, and to all our partners for their unfailing support. See you on October 20th for what promises to be a memorable final. See you there!


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