Ottawa River 2015

AquaHacking Challenge


Between February and May 2015, young innovators were invited to create ground- breaking solutions to critical environmental water issues.

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Congratulations to the finalists

First Place

River Ranger

River Ranger app aims to be a showcase of scientific data (pH, phosphates, nitrates, ecoli, etc) but also a way to engage the public in monitoring for changes in conditions, wildlife and invasive species (and to teach them about why they are issues). It allows users to ask questions to the experts, and to collect multiple test data for a single point to begin to see trends.

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Owen Bradley, Kathryn Kavanagh, Ollie Kavanagh, Peter McLaren and Mark Dabrowski

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Second Place

My River - Ma Rivière

A Web application that facilitates the efficient resolution of important waterway issues by bridging the gap between citizens and the municipalities and groups responsible for maintaining our waterways.



Adrian Pawliszko and Brian Perry


Third Place


La plateforme de mobilisation citoyenne permet à tous d’en apprendre davantage sur ses plans d’eaux, de connaître les actions poser afin d’améliorer la qualité de l’eau, mais  également d’avoir accès des outils pour faciliter la réalisation de multiples actions. L’application sert d’outil puissant pour la gestion de plans d’actions pour la protection de l’eau par les différents acteurs, autant l’échelle locale, provinciale que nationale.



Mathieu Morin, Frédéric Fauvel, Pierre Rivard, Alexandre Bisaillon, Maxime Boulerice, Jean-Denis Giguère, and Andrée-Anne Dupuis

About the Challenge

Presented in partnership with IBM and Ottawa Riverkeeper/Sentinelle Outaouais, the first edition, AquaHacking 2015, was dedicated to the preservation of the Ottawa River. As the main tributary of the St. Lawrence River, the Ottawa River watershed serves more than 200 municipalities and numerous First Nations communities, and is the source of drinking water for more than 2 million people. At 1,272 km, it is the 13th longest river in North America.

About Ottawa river


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The Water Issues


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Advisory Committee

John Kukalis

Denise Laferrière

Ciity of Gatineau

Paulette Lalande

Mayor of Plaisance

John Saywell

Mayor of Grenville-sur-laRouge

Agnès Grondin

MRC d'Argenteuil

David Pharand

Mayor of Duhamel

Normand Young

Mayor of Kipawar

Dominique Monchamp

De Gaspé Beaubien Foundation

Jeanne Charlebois

Mayor of the City of Hawkesbury

Geneviève Gallerand


Jeff Westeinde

Windmill Developments

Serge Villeneuve

Environnement Canada

Stefan Psenak

Economic Development Gatineau

John Karau

Conservation Authority

Jeffrey Ridal, PhD

St Lawrence Institute

Setphen Willis

Capital Planning Branch

Nil Béland

Fédération de l'UPA Outaouais Laurentides

Meredith Brown

Ottawa River Keeper

Adèle Michon

Ottawa River Keeper

Amanda Pope

Blue Legacy International

2015 AquaHacking Youth Delegation

As part of AquaHacking 2015, a delegation of young professionals and students joined forces to propose The Gatineau Declaration aiming to acknowledge our shared responsibility to preserve the biodiversity, the quality of our water and the well-being of communities within the Ottawa River Watershed.

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