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A tranquil scene at Lake Ontario with a kayak gently floating past rocky outcrops, under a soft evening sky.

AquaHacking Challenge

LAKE ONTARIO

AND BEYOND

2018

 

Between March and October 2018 young innovators were invited to put their skills to work, creating ground-breaking solutions to some of the most critical environmental freshwater issues.

HOSTED BY

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THE WATER ISSUES TACKLED IN THIS CHALLENGE

  np_flooding_1475611_FFFFFFWATER CRISIS PREDICTION & ADAPTATION

 

 np_farm_1046377_FFFFFF   PHOSPHORUS CAPTURE & RECYCLING IN FARMING

np_endocrine-system_716580_FFFFFF   TACKLING ENDOCRINE-DISRUPTING CHEMICALS

np_outfall_40472_FFFFFF   REAL TIME REPORTING OF SEWAGE OVERFLOW AND UNTREATED SEWAGE SPILLS

MEET THE FINALISTS



 

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E-NUNDATION

 

E-nundation is a multi-platform application designed to tackle the challenge of flooding prediction and adaptation. The solution produces maps of potential flooded areas and floodwater depth based on discharge forecasts from Environment Canada. It also assesses the vulnerability of populations and critical infrastructures and produce an estimation of the predicted damages ($). E-nundation alerts subscribers (citizens and municipalities) and enables them to assess their own vulnerability, helping to coordinate response and reducing flood impacts. Users from insurance companies can obtain a flood risk assessment for their clients.

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WATERPURIS

 

WaterPuris solves the problem of the accumulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in Lake Ontario and its surrounding aquatic ecosystems by applying advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) in point-of-entry (laundry, faucets, and toilet) applications.

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M POWER SOFTWARE

 

M Power Software’s solution can minimize the amount of sewage overflow with real time monitoring of contaminated spills. By connecting IBM cloud and leveraging the power of Watson IoT and artificial intelligence, we control the spills and predict the flow before it happens.

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EGC LABS

 

Proprietary AI solutions packages aimed for the public (Keoonik) and government body (Kraken) to predict, inform and prevent combined sewer overflow (CSO) events. Keoonik is our free webbased application that predicts the probability and severity of a CSO event based on years of historical data. Kraken is our data-driven analysis service offered to municipalities that wish to understand how to prevent their CSO events. Both solution work together to reduce the negative impacts of CSO events.

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SWIM

SWIM’s vision is to empower municipalities and public health bodies to make well-informed decisions about public water activities using rapid data. SWIM provides spatial tracking of sewage overflows by collecting with a drone visible spectrum and infrared data and using our signature software to process results. Using wireless transmissions and novel proprietary algorithms, results are provided to the client within 1 hour.

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