Cleveland Water Alliance to Kick Off Erie Hack

CLEVELAND, Ohio (February 16, 2017) – The Cleveland Water Alliance, in conjunction with numerous partners from throughout the Lake Erie basin, including NASA Glenn Research Center, Digital C and the Great Lakes Observing System, will kick off its international competition, Erie Hack, next Thursday in downtown Cleveland.

Erie Hack is a tech-driven international water innovation competition and accelerator program that will culminate in a two-day summit in Cleveland in on May 2 & 3.The kickoff party will take place at LeanDog at 1151 North Marginal Road, Cleveland on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 4-6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required at Event Brite.“We’re looking forward to officially launching this competition that we believe will bring brilliant ideas to water innovation and again put the spotlight on Cleveland,’’ CWA executive director Bryan Stubbs said.Six challenge statements or water-related problems were unveiled last week for Erie Hack, which will bring together coders, developers, engineers, data experts and water 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, which are described in detail on the Erie Hack web site, Challenge Statements, are:1. Mitigate Nutrient Loading and Its Environmental Impacts2. Reduce and Remediate Urban Pollution3. Cultivate Resilience in Water Infrastructure Systems4. Manage Aging Water Infrastructure Systems5. Connect Communities to the Value of Water6. Drive the Creation of Meaningful DataThe 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 Cleveland Water Alliance in collaboration with Digital C as well as local champions, startup incubators and accelerators, and funders from each of Lake Erie’s major metropolitan areas [Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Windsor, Erie, and Toledo]. Key partners include NASA GRC, the 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, Innovation Collaborative in Erie and the Blackstone LaunchPad in Buffalo.To register, go to: Event Brite. For more information on Erie Hack, follow us athttps://www.facebook.com/clevelandwateralliance/ or on Twitter @ErieHack

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