ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
Quebec has 3% of the world's renewable freshwater supply, spread over the entire territory with the St. Lawrence River, its tens of thousands of rivers and more than three million water bodies. But over the past three decades, there has been increasing stress on Quebec's freshwater due to climate change, population growth and land-use changes.
This program is focused on solutions. We engage talented young innovators from across Canada to put their skills to work for freshwater.
We need solutions now and we need everyone engaged! If you care about water and are solutions-minded, this is the program for you!
Water has no substitute.
The time is now for solutions and change.
Half-way through the program, all teams pitch their solution during the AquaHacking semi-final event. This is a huge feat, and we welcome all semi-finalists into the AquaHacking Alumni community!
From these pitches, the top 5 teams are selected to go onto Phase 2 of the program. These finalists receive $2,000 to support the continuation of their work as they refine their solution in preparation for their pitch at the AquaHacking Finale.
All 5 finalist teams are winners and receive kick-start business training, leadership training, a spot in a local incubator, Lavery Lawyers credits and seed funding.
Eligible participants in an AquaHacking Challenge are between 18-35 years of age, a resident of Canada and enrolled in a post-secondary institution or be a recent graduate. They are interested in freshwater and have skills in water science, engineering, programming, sustainable development, data, and marketing or entrepreneurship. Most importantly, they believe ingenuity anchored in a respect for the natural world can make the difference we need in our climate impact world.
How to participate
Register & create your water-hacker profile
Build your multi-disciplinary team
Choose a water issue & tackle it
Develop your solution & pitch it to the judges
Water issues are announced and Challenge registration opens
March - June 2023
Teams are established, meet water experts, develop their solutions and access on-demand workshops, and mentoring
Teams pitch their solution to a panel of judges, and 5 finalist teams are selected.
June - Sept 2023
Finalist teams participate in leadership development workshop, access entrepreneurship training, and pitch training
AquaHacking Finale (hybride)
TOP 5 Teams pitch their final solution and business plan to a panel of judges. Winners are chosen and awards given.
Program Manager, AquaHacking Challenge - AquaAction
President of the Board - Réseau Environnement
Executive director - Stratégies Saint-Laurent
Coordinator, mobilisation and public politics - ROBVQ
Directeur STEPPE-ÉTS et Professeur - ÉTS
Professeur, titulaire de la Chaire industrielle en eau potable - Polytechnique Montréal
Directeur et co-fondateur, 2 Degrès
Directrice générale - Fondation de Gaspé Beaubien
CEO Kourant and President of the Board- Écotech Québec
Consultante en gestion, Développement durable, IBM Canada
Président - Nordikeau
Service de l'eau - Ville de Montréal
Directeur des politiques, Canada - Alliance des Villes des Grands Lacs et du Saint-Laurent
Co-fondatrice - Clean Nature - Alumni AquaHacking
Directeir général - RNCREQ
Directrice générale - C.I.EAU
VP Finance d'entreprise et trésorerie - OVIVO
Directrice - M Expertise Marine