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Submissions Open for #ErieHack 2017


On May 2nd and May 3rd, the Cleveland Water Alliance will be hosting Erie Hack Water Data and Engineering Hackathon. Now’s the time to submit issues to be hacked! 

Details are provided below, and on this website:

The Vision

Erie Hack Water Data and Engineering Hackathon is a tech-driven international water innovation competition and accelerator program that will bring together coders, developers, engineers and water experts to generate creative solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges. 

The competition, which will award $100,000 to the winners, focuses on creating publicly accessible mobile apps, open data and new technology to elevate the value of clean water and leverage its potential to drive the economic vitality of the Great Lakes region [aka “The Blue Economy”]. The challenges to be addressed in the Aqua Hack will be unveiled on February 23.

The Hack

The Aqua Hack will kick off on Thursday, February 23 with open registration on its Web page and a team-building section of Soon after, regional meet-ups in Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit and Toledo will provide a platform for the formation of diverse teams of youth, college students and professionals. 

Each team of five will work to create innovative hardware or software technology that addresses one of the six core Challenge Statements that will guide the competition through a series of day-long Hacking Events in each city.

Throughout the competition, Aqua Hack participants will benefit from numerous resources, including opportunities to collaborate with expert mentors and leverage curated data from key organizations.

On April 13, teams will convene in Detroit for the semi-final, where a panel of judges will select the top eight teams to advance to the finals in Cleveland. After two weeks of intensive iteration, the finalists will compete for $100,000 in prize money as they present their solutions at the Aqua Hack Water Innovation Summit on May 2 & 3.

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