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Please check you Expertise

What Technical Skills do you have?

What Soft Skills do you have?

What programming languages do you know?

What Challenges interest you?

What City would you like to join a team in.

Challenge Description

The Erie Hack is a data and engineering competition that unites coders, developers, engineers, and water experts to generate enduring solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges. The competition includes $100,000 in prizes for the most creative and effective hacks. Working from the challenge statements derived from ideation sessions with NASA representatives and regional stakeholders, teams are charged with creating digital tools, hardware innovations, and engineering solutions that build “the Blue Economy”: the emergent economic sector dedicated to the sustainable stewardship of bodies of freshwater around the globe. The Erie Hack provides regional high school students, college students, and professionals the opportunity to combine their own expertise with solid mentoring to create technologies with the potential to invigorate Lake Erie’s environment and economy.

The Erie Hack includes a number of hacking days and events across the Lake Erie Basin. The competition kicks off on February 23 with the official launch and concludes with the Water Technology Summit on May 2–3.

Check out the timeline below for an overview of key dates and events for details and registration.

Register to officially join the competition so that you can start or join a team.

RULES & ELIGIBILITY

IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN ERIE HACK PRIZES, YOU MUST:

  • Be registered as an individual and sign the ErieHack Participation Agreement on ErieHack.io by April 12
  • Be registered to a Team, with no more than five members, on ErieHack.io. New teams can register until 5pm the day before their local Quarter Final. Existing teams may continue to add new members (up to five total) through April 12.
    • If you’ve already created a team or identified one you plan to join, use ErieHack.io to make it official.
    • If you’re already registered and you want to join a team, check the profiles of teams in your area and contact anyone whose skills and interests compliment your needs.
    • If you’re having trouble connecting, reach out to your local Erie Hack support staff on the Cities page to arrange an introduction or contact the Cleveland Water Alliance at ErieHack@clewa.org
  • Be 18 years or older unless participating on a High School Team
  • Select a challenge statement and a corresponding toolkit of data resources and development platforms.
  • Participate in (only) one of the regional Quarter Finals. Remote participation or local proxy available with due notice.
  • Be selected for and participate in the Semi-Finals in Detroit. Remote participation or local proxy available with due notice.
  • Be selected for and participate in the Finals in Cleveland. Attendance mandatory for all finalists
  • Be registered as a business in your state of origin in order to be considered for a prize at the Final. Each team will receive an award of $500 upon their selection as finalists to cover the cost of registration and travel as well as to support the advancement of their projects.
  • Submit only one project at each judging session

IN ORDER TO ENSURE YOUR SUCCESS YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO:

  • Sign and follow the stipulations of the Data Sharing Agreement in order to gain access to the Erie Hack Data Portal
  • Attend Information Sessions and Hacking Days in any Erie Hack city.
  • Work closely with Erie Hack Expert Mentors
  • Use the tools provided by CWA and their co-organizers (e.g., IBM’s Bluemix and GE’s Predix), and any other applicable software and hardware.
  • Contact their local Erie Hack support staff through the Cities page or CWA at ErieHack@clewa.org with any material or technical support needs.

JUDGING & CRITERIA

Judging Process Details

Judging Criteria for Quarter, Semi, and Final Rounds

 

PRIZES

GRAND PRIZE – $50,000+

$40,000 CASH+

$10,000 INCUBATION

Awarded to the finalist team with the overall highest scoring project regardless of its focus area. The winners of the Grand Prize automatically qualify for continuing acceleration services after the conclusion of the competition but will not be considered for any other Erie Hack Prize.

Erie Entrepreneur Prize – $25,000+

$15,000 CASH+

$10,000 INCUBATION

Awarded to the finalist team with the second overall highest scoring project regardless of its focus area. The winners of the Entrepreneur Prize automatically qualify for continuing acceleration services after the conclusion of the competition but will not be considered for any other Erie Hack Prize.

Erie Innovator Prize – $15,000+

$10,000 CASH+

$5,000 INCUBATION

Awarded to the finalist team with the overall third highest scoring project regardless of its focus area. The winners of the Innovator Prize automatically qualify for continuing acceleration services after the conclusion of the competition but will not be considered for any other Erie Hack Prize..

Erie Hacker Prize – $6,500+

$5,000 CASH+

$1,500 INCUBATION

Awarded to the finalist team with the overall fourth highest scoring project regardless of its focus area. The winners of the Hacker Prize automatically qualify for continuing acceleration services after the conclusion of the competition but will not be considered for any other Erie Hack Prize.

TIMELINE

These are the key dates and check-points for the competition. To find more event details, and to register for events, check out Events.

JAN. 25

Opening of Pre-Registration

FEB. 6

Official Release of the Challenge Statements

FEB. 23

Launch of the competition. Opening of Team Registration. Opening of Erie Hack Data Portal

FEB 23 – APRIL 1

Ongoing meet-ups, info sessions, training events, hacking/coding days in all cities

MARCH 26

Toledo Quarter Final (team registration ends 5pm on the 25th)

APRIL 1

Quarter final in Detroit & Windsor (team registration ends 5pm on the 31st)

 APRIL 4

Quarter final for Buffalo & Toronto (team registration ends 5pm on the 3rd)

APRIL 8

Quarter final for Cleveland & Erie PA (team registration ends 5pm on the 7th)

APRIL 12

Closing of Individual Registration

APRIL 13

Semi-final in Detroit.

APRIL 14 – MAY 2

Acceleration and Support Program for finalists

MAY 2 & 3

Two day Water Innovation Summit (and finalist presentations/winners announced)

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REGISTER

Registration

Please check you Expertise

What Technical Skills do you have?

What Soft Skills do you have?

What programming languages do you know?

What Challenges interest you?

What City would you like to join a team in.

Challenge Description

The Erie Hack is a data and engineering competition that unites coders, developers, engineers, and water experts to generate enduring solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges. The competition includes $100,000 in prizes for the most creative and effective hacks. Working from the challenge statements derived from ideation sessions with NASA representatives and regional stakeholders, teams are charged with creating digital tools, hardware innovations, and engineering solutions that build “the Blue Economy”: the emergent economic sector dedicated to the sustainable stewardship of bodies of freshwater around the globe. The Erie Hack provides regional high school students, college students, and professionals the opportunity to combine their own expertise with solid mentoring to create technologies with the potential to invigorate Lake Erie’s environment and economy.

The Erie Hack includes a number of hacking days and events across the Lake Erie Basin. The competition kicks off on February 23 with the official launch and concludes with the Water Technology Summit on May 2–3.

Check out the timeline below for an overview of key dates and events for details and registration.

Register to officially join the competition so that you can start or join a team.

RULES & ELIGIBILITY

IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN ERIE HACK PRIZES, YOU MUST:

  • Be registered as an individual and sign the ErieHack Participation Agreement on ErieHack.io by April 12
  • Be registered to a Team, with no more than five members, on ErieHack.io. New teams can register until 5pm the day before their local Quarter Final. Existing teams may continue to add new members (up to five total) through April 12.
    • If you’ve already created a team or identified one you plan to join, use ErieHack.io to make it official.
    • If you’re already registered and you want to join a team, check the profiles of teams in your area and contact anyone whose skills and interests compliment your needs.
    • If you’re having trouble connecting, reach out to your local Erie Hack support staff on the Cities page to arrange an introduction or contact the Cleveland Water Alliance at ErieHack@clewa.org
  • Be 18 years or older unless participating on a High School Team
  • Select a challenge statement and a corresponding toolkit of data resources and development platforms.
  • Participate in (only) one of the regional Quarter Finals. Remote participation or local proxy available with due notice.
  • Be selected for and participate in the Semi-Finals in Detroit. Remote participation or local proxy available with due notice.
  • Be selected for and participate in the Finals in Cleveland. Attendance mandatory for all finalists
  • Be registered as a business in your state of origin in order to be considered for a prize at the Final. Each team will receive an award of $500 upon their selection as finalists to cover the cost of registration and travel as well as to support the advancement of their projects.
  • Submit only one project at each judging session

IN ORDER TO ENSURE YOUR SUCCESS YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO:

  • Sign and follow the stipulations of the Data Sharing Agreement in order to gain access to the Erie Hack Data Portal
  • Attend Information Sessions and Hacking Days in any Erie Hack city.
  • Work closely with Erie Hack Expert Mentors
  • Use the tools provided by CWA and their co-organizers (e.g., IBM’s Bluemix and GE’s Predix), and any other applicable software and hardware.
  • Contact their local Erie Hack support staff through the Cities page or CWA at ErieHack@clewa.org with any material or technical support needs.

JUDGING & CRITERIA

Judging Process Details

Judging Criteria for Quarter, Semi, and Final Rounds

 

PRIZES

GRAND PRIZE – $50,000+

$40,000 CASH+

$10,000 INCUBATION

Awarded to the finalist team with the overall highest scoring project regardless of its focus area. The winners of the Grand Prize automatically qualify for continuing acceleration services after the conclusion of the competition but will not be considered for any other Erie Hack Prize.

Erie Entrepreneur Prize – $25,000+

$15,000 CASH+

$10,000 INCUBATION

Awarded to the finalist team with the second overall highest scoring project regardless of its focus area. The winners of the Entrepreneur Prize automatically qualify for continuing acceleration services after the conclusion of the competition but will not be considered for any other Erie Hack Prize.

Erie Innovator Prize – $15,000+

$10,000 CASH+

$5,000 INCUBATION

Awarded to the finalist team with the overall third highest scoring project regardless of its focus area. The winners of the Innovator Prize automatically qualify for continuing acceleration services after the conclusion of the competition but will not be considered for any other Erie Hack Prize..

Erie Hacker Prize – $6,500+

$5,000 CASH+

$1,500 INCUBATION

Awarded to the finalist team with the overall fourth highest scoring project regardless of its focus area. The winners of the Hacker Prize automatically qualify for continuing acceleration services after the conclusion of the competition but will not be considered for any other Erie Hack Prize.

TIMELINE

These are the key dates and check-points for the competition. To find more event details, and to register for events, check out Events.

JAN. 25

Opening of Pre-Registration

FEB. 6

Official Release of the Challenge Statements

FEB. 23

Launch of the competition. Opening of Team Registration. Opening of Erie Hack Data Portal

FEB 23 – APRIL 1

Ongoing meet-ups, info sessions, training events, hacking/coding days in all cities

MARCH 26

Toledo Quarter Final (team registration ends 5pm on the 25th)

APRIL 1

Quarter final in Detroit & Windsor (team registration ends 5pm on the 31st)

 APRIL 4

Quarter final for Buffalo & Toronto (team registration ends 5pm on the 3rd)

APRIL 8

Quarter final for Cleveland & Erie PA (team registration ends 5pm on the 7th)

APRIL 12

Closing of Individual Registration

APRIL 13

Semi-final in Detroit.

APRIL 14 – MAY 2

Acceleration and Support Program for finalists

MAY 2 & 3

Two day Water Innovation Summit (and finalist presentations/winners announced)

  • Jeff Hoffman

    Co-Founder Priceline.com; ColorJar

  • Dr. Jay Famiglietti

    Professor, Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine, and NASA JPL

  • Mads Warming

    Danfoss

    Global Segment Director Water & Waste Water
  • Craig Butler
    Director of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Jon Allen

    Office of the Great Lakes, State of Michigan

    Director
  • Karl Gebhardt
    Executive Director of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Deputy Director of the Water Resources Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dr. Jeff Reutter
    Special Advisor, Ohio State University and Ohio Sea Grant
  • Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells

    Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

    Chief Executive Officer
  • Rebekah Eggers

    Global Water Leader at IBM

  • George Hawkins
    CEO and General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water)
  • Ellen Alberding

    President, Joyce Foundation

  • Dr. John Lekki

    NASA

    Optical Systems Research Engineer
  • Dr. Gary Hunter

    NASA

    Lead for Intelligent System Hardware in the Smart Sensors and Electronics Systems Branch
  • Dr. Isaiah Blankson, PhD

    NASA Glenn Research Center

    Senior Technologist (ST) in the Aeropropulsion Division
  • Michael Hicks, PhD
    Michael C. Hicks, PhD, NASA – Principal Investigator on the Supercritical Water Mixture (SCWM) experiment currently conducted on the International Space Station (ISS) with NASA
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