Erie Hack Launch

On Thursday, Feb. 23, the Cleveland Water Alliance will officially launch the Erie Hack, Innovate Lake Erie competition.Erie Hack is a technologically driven competition and accelerator program that unites coders, developers, engineers, entrepreneurs and water experts to generate enduring solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges. It will culminate in a two-day summit here in Cleveland on May 2 & 3 at the Global Center for Health Innovation. The competition includes $100,000 in cash, prizes, and entrepreneurial support for the top five hacks. Participating cities, in addition to Cleveland, include Detroit, Windsor, Toledo, Buffalo and Toronto.Working from challenge/problem statements derived from ideation sessions with NASA Glenn Research Center representatives, regional stakeholders, along with community input, teams are charged with creating publicly accessible mobile apps, open data sources and new technology solutions (sensors /monitors /drone and other solutions) to address the challenge statements and to drive innovation throughout Lake Erie and the great lakes region as part of “the blue economy”: the emergent economic sector dedicated to the water technology innovation.Erie Hack also provides participants with the opportunity to combine their budding expertise with solid mentoring to become stakeholders in the blue economy. We will unveil the challenges/problems to be solved for the Erie Hack online the week of Feb. 6, and formally kick-off the competition Feb. 23 at a launch party at Lean Dog from 4-6 p.m., where local officials, partners, media and supporters will be in attendance.The following day (Feb 24), the research and academic community will gather at CWA academic partner Kent State University, from 10-Noon to celebrate the launch and learn more about how they can participate in Erie Hack. Information or to register click here.Please support and follow this important regional effort by following us on social media:http://www.eriehack.iohttp://www.clewateralliance.orghttp://www.facebook.com/clevelandwateralliance@eriehack#HackLakeErieErie Hack is made possible by our philanthropic, corporate, community, and utility partners including Digital C, The Joyce Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Erb Family Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Toledo Community Foundation. Our regional champions outside of Northeast Ohio are: Buffalo: University at Buffalo, Detroit: TechTown Detroit/Wayne State University, Toledo: Toledo Erie Hack Partnership including the University of Toledo, and Windsor: WeTech Alliance. Our data curation partners are the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) and LimnoTech. For sponsorship or more information, please contact us directly.

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