Great Lakes 2023-24

The AquaHacking Challenge is now open!

GREAT LAKES 2023-2024 CHALLENGE

Through AquaHacking, we foster a new generation of young innovators to drive revolutionary technologies 

Hosted By

Join the Challenge, a unique platform for passionate change-makers ready to solve critical freshwater issues and advance climate adaptation. Embrace the opportunity to transform your innovative ideas into viable business solutions.

MEET THE FINALISTS

Wave Lumnia

WAVE LUMINA

Wave Lumina has developed a portable Raman device to swiftly detect ultra-low levels of PFAS and other contaminants in environmental samples, revolutionizing on-site environmental assessments.

CWNT

BALEENA

Baleena designs innovative microfiber-trapping filters for household washing machines, aiming to reduce microplastic pollution from synthetic clothing empowering consumers to contribute to environmental protection with each load of laundry.

Motmot

MOTMOT

Motmot solves drinking water lead problems by putting in Autonomous Underwater Robotics (AURs) into watermain pipe to find lead services and measure residual chlorine levels.

MycoNaut

MYCONAUT

MycoNaut uses regenerative agricultural practices and tap into the capabilities of fungi, using Myco Recurrent Selective process and AI/ML to tailor effective and cost-efficient bioremediation solutions, initially targeting PFAS-contaminated soils and expanding to diverse ecosystems.

Quantum+Water

QUANTUM WATER

Quantum Water has developed insect-based carbon quantum dots, sustainable nanomaterials with unique properties, enabling the detection of lead contamination in water by simply mixing them with a water sample, shining UV light, and observing the decrease in fluorescence as an indicator of lead presence.

elerGreen

ELERGREEN

elerGreen solutions economically and environmentally recover valuable metals, polymers, and feedstocks from various wastes, including lead contaminants using a unique electrochemical reactor, enabling continuous conversion of contaminants into valuable resources.

Maxinano

MAXINANO

Maxinano has developed an electro-sorption technology, attracting and capturing charged plastic particles in water, filling the gap in traditional filtration systems, integrated into household purifiers and portable devices to address microplastic and nanoplastic pollution.

AquaWatch Solutions

AI FOR WATER QUALITY

AI for Water Quality has developed Aquawatch, a platform using advanced technology to analyze satellite images for water quality, providing real-time alerts to help manage and improve water conditions.

CWNT

CLEAN WATER NANOTECHNOLOGY

CWNT proposes a Biosensor combined with machine learning to monitor water contaminants in real-time, initially for the beverage industry and later for public and private buildings, aiming to improve water safety, regulatory compliance, and environmental sustainability.

Proto StLo

PROTO-STLO

Proto-StLo has developed an algal filtration technology to address lead contamination in drinking water, utilizing powdered algal extract and pH regulation to reduce lead concentration.

Timeline

Specific dates are yet to be set, but here is an overview of the timing of the Great Lakes AquaHacking Challenge.

August 2023
August-Nov 2023
Nov 2023 - Feb 2024
Feb 17, 2024
Feb-May 2024
May 2024
June 2024+

Kickoff

Online event to formally launch the Challenge.

Registration

Participants can register for the Challenge.

Phase 1

Teams are established, meet water experts, develop their solutions and access the AquaHacking Curriculum, and mentoring.

Semi-Final

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

Phase 2

Finalist teams participate in leadership development, entrepreneurship training, and pitch training.

Final

Teams pitch their final solution and business plan to a panel of judges. TOP 3 are chosen and seed funding/prizes are awarded!

Incubation

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

The water issues
we are tackling
in this Challenge

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MICROPLASTICS

Advance the fight against the ecological menace of microplastics by developing solutions for the detection, real-time monitoring, efficient sequestration, and sustainable elimination of microplastics from diverse environments, contributing to a cleaner and healthier planet.

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Nutrient & Nutrient
Cycling

Drive innovation in nutrient management within the Great Lakes region by devising solutions focused on precise and reliable detection, monitoring, and tracking of nitrogen and phosphorus inputs from various origins, addressing the critical challenge of restoring and sustaining the natural nutrient cycling equilibrium in aquatic ecosystems

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ELIMINATING
FOREVER CHEMICALS

Develop innovative solutions to address PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contamination in water sources for efficient detection methods, real-time monitoring systems, effective sequestration techniques, and advanced elimination approaches, with the ultimate goal of safeguarding universal access to clean and safe water.

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LEAD
CONTAMINATION

Design technology solutions for the effective detection of lead service lines by pioneering remote sensing techniques for accurate lead infrastructure identification and developing safe, innovative methods for the disposal and replacement of lead pipes, ensuring the protection of public health and the environment.

Be 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

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