United for the St. Lawrence River 2016

AquaHacking Challenge

United for the St. Lawrence river 2016

Between February and October 2016, young innovators were invited to create ground- breaking solutions to critical environmental water issues.

Hosted By

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Foundation de Gaspe Beaubien Foundation logo

Congratulations to the finalists

First Place


Mobile application that acts as an early warning system, tracking the risk of microbiological contamination (SAP Micro) in the St. Lawrence River to predict the risk of contamination for swimmers.

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Benyahya Loubna, de Raphélis-Soissan Joseph, Letellier-Duchesne Samuel, Nguyen Quan, Saran Naysan, Fortin St-Gelais Nicolas, Ménard Catherine, Sylvestre Emile

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Second Place


NYAKI an engineering solution of flexible modular piers to help stop the erosion of riverbanks caused by winds and boating activities.



Brotto Luca and Caya Alexandre

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Third Place


Mobile application for the fishing community. The app provides extensive information about fish species and current fishing restrictions, as well as information shared by other fishers, maps of waterways and access points, basics for planning a fishing trip and, of course, the option to share it all with friends on social media.



Astorg Louis, Beisner Beatrix, Charrier Tremblay Charles, Mingelbier Marc, Poulin Carina, Taranu Zofia Ecaterina, Le Heux Holly, Derry Alison, Yeung Shing and Yam William

Fourth Place


Web App called GO-Explo, which encourages the exploration, protection and value of the River’s many assets, both educational and recreational.



Chiu Yohann, Clayer François, Foulon Etienne, Gignac Charles, Goubet Sarah and Jean Marie-Ève

Fifth Place


Engineering solution of longrange drones to capture data, take aerial photographs and draw water samples for scientific analysis.



Larivière Richer, Burnet Jean-Baptiste, Ferland Mikael and Chettibi Abderraouf

About the Challenge

The St. Lawrence River is the 3rd largest river in North America, where 60% of the Quebecers live along its shores. It's the source of drinking water for more than 3.5 million people. The St. Lawrence River, an undeniable part of Quebec history, a platform for life and recreation, and an important economic source that’s facing major socio-economic challenges.

Close up of waves at Lachine Rapids

The Water Issues


Emerging contaminants in the river


prevention of shoreline erosion


Inventory of the aquatic population


St. Lawrence river preservation

Advisory Committee

Jean-François Barsoum

IBM Canada

Dominique Deveau

Ville de Monytréal

Marcel Gaucher

Politique de l'eau, MDDECC

Robert Hausler


Marie-Claude Leclerc


Nicolas Milot

Table de concertation du Haut-Saint-Laurent et du Grand Montréal

Antoine Maranda

Institut de développement durable des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador

Dominique Monchamp

De Gaspé Beaubien Foundation

Scott McKay

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Jean-Éric Turcotte

Stratégies Saint-Laurent

Audrey Vallière

Banque Nationale

Serge Villeneuve

Environnement Canada

2016 AquaHacking Youth Delegation

As part of AquaHacking 2016, a delegation of young professionals and students joined forces to propose a vision for the St. Lawrence River by 2030. This vision is broken down into major orientations for the development, enhancement, rehabilitation and conservation of the St. Lawrence. This vision is the result of a consultation process between the respective networks of the delegates of the St. Lawrence Vision 2030 Committee.

youth delegation 2016

Rébecca Pelletier-Allard - G3E, Anna Scheli - Watershed Monitoring, Stephanie Guilherm - Réseau canadien de l'EAU, Maxine Dandois-Fafard- Centr'EAU, Anne-Sophie Sainte-Marie - Parlement Jeunesse sur l'EAU et UQAR, Laurie Fourneau - Secrétariat international de l'EAU, Antoine Maranda – IDDPNQL. Coordinator: Jean-Éric Turcotte - Stratégies Saint-Laurent


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