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University students on the Prairies have a chance at winning a big prize for solving Lake Winnipeg’s woes.
AquaHacking is a philanthropic organization aimed at improving the conditions of Canada’s watersheds and waterways by way of technological solutions.
One of its current projects is to find solutions for the problems facing Lake Winnipeg. There are five challenges students are being tasked to solve: agriculture, drinking water, microplastics, fish health and watershed investment.
The lake has had problems in recent years with toxic algal blooms, which are harmful to fish and plants in the lake.
Winning teams will have access to $50,000 in cash prizes as well as spaces at startup incubators.
Having launched on Jan. 31, teams of students at universities on the Prairies have until May to come up with concepts for the challenge. Several universities on the Prairies are getting information sessions on the challenge, including Brandon University, which held a session on Tuesday.
From June 8-12, there will be a semi-final competition in Winnipeg. The finalists will then have the rest of June through September to improve their projects.
In August, the finalists will have the opportunity to go on a team-building expedition to Lake Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s experimental lakes area in northern Ontario.
The final competition and awarding of prizes will take place on Oct. 14.