Atlantic Canada 2022-23

AquaHacking Challenge


To all the incredible minds who took on the challenge, Congratulations!

You dared to dream of a world where freshwater challenges are met with innovation, and you brought those dreams to life.

You demonstrated that change starts with you, and the ripple effect of your actions will be felt for generations to come.

You are the changemakers!


Your journey doesn't end here; it's just the beginning. Keep pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo, and making waves of positive change. 

Hosted By


Final_Team GreeHut_1st

1st place

TechStar Digital


The GREENHUT solution for the prevention of stormwater runoff is an innovative, do-it-yourself, intensive roofing solution for households provided with a local form of vegetation. It is eco-friendly, powered by green cement layering and can be customized in various sizes.

Final_Team SU_2nd


SÙ manufactures reusable & biodegradable drinking straws from invasive reed. Their solution will help solve the problem of single-use plastics related to drinking straws. It will also help preserve the Canadian wetlands by controlling the propagation of invasive reeds.

Final_Team SeaCycle_3rd

3rd place


Seacycle is a water filtration system designed to remove plastic waste ranging from water bottles, to microplastics by use of a gravity filter, while also generating automated water quality reports.

Final_Team KAMONI_4th

4th place


KAMNIO provides STEM-The-Tide, a low-cost technology solution for private property owners to install and maintain green infrastructure aligned to municipal stormwater reconstruction projects. This solution uses real-time data from an Internet of Things mesh network that works offline to collect and monitor the performance of Low Impact Development.

Final_Team SenseH2O_5th

5th place

Sense H2O

SenseH2O is a cloud-based platform that aims to deliver automated real-time water quality data as a service to watershed organizations and open databases using SenseH2O Water monitoring Station. The Cloud-based platform will allow for real-time monitoring and analysis of water quality data using web and mobile applications.

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.

Streams of water


Water has no substitute.

The time is now for solutions and change.

The Water issues



How can we provide well water users cost-effective solutions for salt water intrusion?

Water Issue Leaders

Logan Horrocks, GIS Specialist and Charlynne Robertson, Senior Manager - Clean Coasts at Clean Foundation



How can we improve the control and management of aquatic invasive species?

Water Issue Leaders

Kaylee MacLeod, Senior Field Technician - Species at Risk and Biodiversity at Coastal Action and Erin Francheville, MSc App Sci (2024) at SMU



How can we provide automated and cost-effective solutions to monitor water

Water Issue Leaders

Curtis Forbes, Project Biologist and Kalen Mawer, Aquatic Science Program Manager at Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc.


and green infrastructure

How can we improve green infrastructure maintenance and care practices to ensure long term stormwater management?

Water Issue Leaders

Jamylynn McDonald, Climate Change Coordinator at ACAP Saint John


Innovations for
water alteration projects

How can we innovate to improve the alteration projects occurring in our lakes and rivers to mitigate environmental impacts?

Water Issue Leaders

Annamarie Burgess, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Water Resources Management Unit,
at Nova Scotia Department of Environment & Climate Change

List on a clipboard with water droplets next to it


Additional information, resources and data about the water issues.

The Prizes

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.


Public Choice Award
First Place
Second Place
Third Place
Fourth Place
Fifth Place


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


September 19, 2022

September 19, 2022


Water issues are announced and Challenge registration opens

Sept 2022 - Feb 2023

Sept 2022 - Feb 2023

Phase 1

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

March 4, 2023

March 4, 2023

Semi-Final (virtual)

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

March -June 2023

March -June 2023

Phase 2

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

June 16, 2023

June 16, 2023

AquaHacking Finale (hybrid)

TOP 5 Teams pitch their final solution and business plan to a panel of judges. Winners are chosen and awards given.

July 2023+

July 2023+


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

Advisory Committee

Emma Wattie

Director, Atlantic Water Network

Sheila Paterson

Chief Operating Officer, COVE

Elizabeth Hendriks

VP, Restoration and Regeneration, WWF Canada

Colleen McNeil

Analyst, Water and Ecosystem, Environement and Climate Change Canada

Anne-Marie Léger

Director Policy, ACOA

Gordon Check

Senior Hydrogeologist, Nova Scotia Environment

Amina Stoddart

Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University

Lorie MacCarthy

VP Relationship Management, RBCx

Matthew Mizzi

CEO, Drinkable (Alumni)

Dominique Monchamp

Executive Director, de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation

Gwen Klees

Senior VP, Business Support ESG, OVIVO

Cristina Cismasu

Data Specialist, The Gordon Foundation


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