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2018 AquaHacking Challenge Announces Five Finalist Teams

Five teams have been selected as finalists to participate in 2018 AquaHacking Challenge.

Over the last three months, young innovators from various universities across Quebec, Ontario and the United States formed multidisciplinary teams to create innovative cleantech solutions to solve some of the issues facing the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Watershed. These applications aim to sustain the health of Lake Ontario, its watershed, and local communities.

On June 9, 16 teams competed in the semi-final, where a jury of experts and key players in the water and technology industries selected the following five finalists:

  • EGC Labs: EGC Labs can help governments identify patterns of sewage overflow and the reasons behind them using real-time data, real-time warnings and long-term learning.
  • E-nundation: Buying property near a body of water? You may want to check if the area has a history of flooding. From providing insurance quotes to forecasting flooding, E-nundation is innovating the risk management space in water damage.
  • M Power Software: M Power Software brings together IoT and AI to predict and measure sewage overflow.
  • SWIM: SWIM’s solution presents robust and versatile decentralized sewage overflow detection with their drone-assisted infrared camera.
  • Water Puris: Sophisticated technology already exists to break down endocrine-disrupting chemicals. But in the home? Not necessarily. WaterPuris hacks your toilet bowl to degrade EDCs using a combo of hydrogen peroxide and UV light.

Each team will be awarded $2,000 in funding to refine their solution over the summer months, as well a two-day, all-expense paid expedition on Lake Ontario to engage with various stakeholders.

As well, teams will compete in the AquaHacking Challenge Finals on October 25 during WaterTAP’s annual Ontario Water Innovation Week (OnWIN), taking place at Design Exchange in Toronto. Teams will receive up to $25,000 in support to develop and market their solution.

Read more about AquaHacking:

AquaHacking Challenge Promotes Stewardship and Revitalization for Lake Erie

Read more about how you can tell your #OntarioWater innovation story at OnWIN:

Tell Us Your #OntarioWater Innovation Story for a Chance to Present at Water Innovation in Action