call for water issues
Attention eNGOs, municipalities, and communities!
We are looking for water issues that are impacting communities across the region (quality, access, management, etc), and that are well placed for tech-based solutions (engineering or digital tech).
Submit your water issue before July 22, 2022
About the Challenge
Atlantic Canada is home to a spectacular system of dynamic freshwater and marine environments. Water is core to ecosystems and communities across the region; from Indigenous, to rural, to urban. Water is the life-giving force that unites all beings within this vast geography.
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, 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
Sept 2022 - Feb 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.
March -June 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.
Director, Atlantic Water Network
Chief Operating Officer, COVE
VP, Restoration and Regeneration, WWF Canada
Analyst, Water and Ecosystem, Environement and Climate Change Canada
Director Policy, ACOA
Senior Hydrogeologist, Nova Scotia Environment
Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University
VP Relationship Management, RBCx
CEO, Drinkable (Alumni)
Executive Director, de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation
Senior VP, Business Support ESG, OVIVO