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AquaHacking Challenges

A certification program to engage and support nextGen innovators as they solve freshwater issues in Canada and the United States from protecting source water to managing climate change impacts on ecosystems.

The AquaHacking Challenge Is:

An opportunity to solve environmental issues with freshwater & contribute to climate adaptation.

It's the first step of an entrepreneurial journey.

A unique pathway for personal and professional growth.

A meeting place for change-makers.

How the Challenge works

The AquaHacking team supports Challenge participants through skills building workshops, mentorships, guidance from experts and informative webinars. Jump on board and make a difference for water!

Register & create your water-hacker profile

Build your multi-disciplinary team & pick a water issue to tackle

Follow the AquaHacking curriculum and develop your solution

Pitch to the judges & compete for the seed funding prize!

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AquaAction RDMI Second Place Winners

What does it take to join?

To participate in an AquaHacking Challenge, you should be 18-35 years old, a resident of North America and enrolled in a post-secondary institution or be a recent graduate.

You are interested in:
Water Science, Engineering, Programming, Sustainable Development, Data Analysis, Marketing, entrepreneurship, and having a positive impact on the world!

You are:
Creative, Passionate, Curious, Determined, Persistent, and you care about the future of the planet!

What’s in it for me?

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Life Skills

Get real world problem solving skills and a meaningful resume boost: “AquaHacking Challenge competitor”

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Community of Peers

Be part of the AquaHacking Alumni community of innovators and expand your professional network

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Unique Opportunities

Access curated business training and leadership and community building workshops; expert mentors and coaches

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Financial Support

Access seed funding, legal support, and a spot in a local Startup incubator


Are you ready to compete and start your water tech start-up? Sign up for new competition announcements below!

Month 0

Month 0


Online event to formally launch the Challenge

Month 1-5

Month 1-5


Teams are established, meet water issues leaders, develop their solutions and access on-demand workshops, and mentoring

Month 5

Month 5


Teams pitch their solution to a panel of judges, and 5 finalist teams are selected

Month 6-9

Month 6-9


Finalist teams participate in leadership development workshop, access $2,000, entrepreneurship training, and pitch training

Month 9

Month 9


Challenge FInale - Teams pitch to a panel of judges and vie for prize money

Month 10+

Month 10+


Teams receive a spot in an incubator and teams join the AquaAction Alumni Community

“The AquaHacking Challenge convinced me that what I want to work on is water.”


Finalist of the 2021 Mille Îles River AquaHacking Challenge

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Thanks to AquaHacking, we have avoided the single use of more than 1M plastic bottles”

Rachel founder Quartier des Spectacles

Get Inspired

AquaAction Alumni are at the forefront of freshwater solutions. They have successfully transitioned their concepts into operational startups. Discover their innovative solutions and see how far they’ve come since competing in our challenge.

Dive in

AquaEntrepreneur is a commercialization program for water companies ready to
enter new markets. We provide tailored mentorship & strategic coaching.

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