Cleveland Water Alliance to promote solutions to Lake Erie problems with ErieHack 2.0

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland Water Alliance on Feb. 7 will kick off its second Erie Hack competition to accelerate technology solutions to Lake Erie’s most pressing problems.

The five-year-old non-profit leads a network of corporations, universities, research institutions, public agencies and utilities. The goal is to create an entire business ecosystem — from research and innovation to manufacturing — around Lake Erie.

In what the Alliance calls the “Blue Economy," Cleveland would be to freshwater what Silicon Valley is to information technology. More than 900 water cluster jobs were created in Cuyahoga County from 2013 to 2016, according to a report by the Ohio Aerospace Institute.

ErieHack, launched in Cleveland in 2017, invites researchers, designers, engineers, developers and high school students around the region to build teams, develop innovations and compete for more than $100,000 in prizes. Teams from Detroit, Akron and Buffalo took home top prizes in the first ErieHack, and their proposed products are in production. (more)

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