____ Posted Tuesday September 12, 2017 ____

September 13, 2017

Aquahacking teams pitch ideas to protect Lake Erie

This year’s AquaHacking Summit, taking place at the University of Waterloo this week, will bring leaders from government, communities and science together to discuss protection of the Great Lakes. Keynotes and panel discussions will focus on algal blooms, phosphorus reductions and other efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes watershed.

During the event, the five finalists from the AquaHacking Challenge will pitch their innovative technology solutions to the problems facing Lake Erie for a chance to win $75,000 in shared prize money and a spot in a local incubator.

The five-month-long hackathon challenges water experts, innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new technology that tackles issues facing Lake Erie. The Water Institute at UWaterloo and the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation launched a new partnership — and Aquahacking 2017 — at World Water Day celebrations last March.

Speakers at the summit:
• Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, lieutenant-governor of Ontario
• Juan Alsace, U.S. consul general
• Ava Hill, chief of Six Nations of the Grand River
• Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor, University of Waterloo

DATE: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
TIME: Summit opening remarks start at 8:30 a.m. Teams pitch their solutions from 4:00 p.m., with the event scheduled to end at 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Federation Hall, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave. W. Waterloo

The full schedule of the AquaHacking Summit can be found on the event website.

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