$100K Erie Hack Competition Kicks Off! Launch Party to officially announce start of tech-driven water innovation competition
The Launch Party will take place at Radius CoWork, at 1001 State Street, Suite 907, Erie, on Wednesday, March 1st, from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required at Event Brite: Register here.
ERIE, PA (February 21, 2017) – In conjunction with numerous partners from throughout the Lake Erie basin, including Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Erie, Toledo, and Windsor, ONT., NASA Glenn Research Center, and the Great Lakes Observing System, this international competition, Erie Hack, will kick off on March 1st, in downtown Erie.
Local partners to date are the Pennsylvania Sea Grant, Gannon University’s Fresh Water & Marine Biology Dept., the Erie Regional Science Consortium @Presque Isle, Erie County Government, the City of Erie, the Downtown Partnership, Erie Data Systems, LLC, Millcreek Township School District, Erie’s Public Schools, and the Innovation Collaborative.
Erie Hack is a tech-driven international water innovation competition and accelerator program that will culminate in a two-day summit in Cleveland on May 2 & 3.
“We’re looking forward to officially launching this competition that we believe will bring brilliant ideas to water innovation and achieve a sustainable focus on our “Blue Economy!’’, Innovation Collaborative Chairman, Carl Nicolia said.
About Erie Hack:
This is a tech-driven international water innovation competition and accelerator program that will bring together coders, developers, engineers, data experts, water, and other professionals to generate creative solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges. The competition, which will award more than $100,000 in cash and accelerator services to up to four winning teams and one high school team, focuses on creating publicly accessible mobile apps, open data and new technology and solutions to elevate the value of clean water and leverage its potential to drive the economy of the Great Lakes Region.
Six challenge statements or water-related problems were unveiled last week for Erie Hack, which will bring together coders, developers, engineers, data experts, water and other professionals to generate creative solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges. Winners will share in more than $100,000 in prizes, including cash and entrepreneurial acceleration services.
The six challenges are:
1. Mitigate Nutrient Loading and Its Environmental Impacts
2. Reduce and Remediate Urban Pollution
3. Cultivate Resilience in Water Infrastructure Systems
4. Manage Aging Water Infrastructure Systems
5. Connect Communities to the Value of Water
6. Drive the Creation of Meaningful Data
The Erie Hack is an opportunity to drive innovation in the water technology sector and engage young people in the creation of the emerging “Blue Economy.” The event is hosted and sponsored by The Innovation Collaborative in partnership with local champions from each of Lake Erie’s major metropolitan areas [Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Erie, Windsor, and Toledo]. Key partners include NASA GRC, the City of Erie, PA, the Erie, PA County Government, PA Sea Grant @Penn State University, the Erie Regional Science Consortium @Presque Isle, Erie Data Systems, LLC, McDowell & Erie’s Public Schools, Gannon University’s Fresh Water & Marine Biology Dept., University at Buffalo, Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University, GE, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cleveland Metroparks, Wayne State University, the University of Toledo, TechTown Detroit, LaunchPad Incubation at the University of Toledo, Thinkbox, HIMSS, Great Lakes Science Center, WeTech Alliance, and the Blackstone LaunchPad in Buffalo.
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