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Lake Erie Hackers

When we hear about hacking, it’s usually not a “good news” story. “Aquahacking” is an exception.

To improve water quality in Lake Erie, teams of engineers, software developers and students worked for months on a hacking competition. Erie Hack is billed as the intersection of the environment and the regional economy.  The Cleveland Water Alliance offered up cash and support, and the ideas started flowing. The final nine teams pitched their ideas to a panel of judges.

Think a little bit shark tank, and a lot toxic algae and beach monitoring…

Wayne State University team wins Erie Hack competition

A team from Detroit that aims to put tiny sensors on buoys took the top prize at the Erie Hack Water Innovation Summit — an event that challenged teams from throughout the Lake Erie region to solve the lake’s biggest problems.

Wayne State University’s Micro Buoy team will receive $40,000 cash plus about $10,000 in support services to help it commercialize its sensor, which is designed to detect contaminants in water.

The Cleveland Water Alliance hosted the event…

Erie Hack grand prize goes to Wayne State team

The Erie Hack competition is over, with $40,000 and consulting services awarded to Micro Buoy, a team from Wayne State University in Detroit.

The team’s idea is a nano-sensor that can be attached to a buoy that will be able to detect temperature, lead, and nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen.

Wednesday’s final was the culmination of a months-long competition that started with 37 teams from around Lake Erie. The winner was chosen from nine finalist teams from Detroit, Buffalo, Cleveland, and Toledo….

Detroit team wins Erie Hack competition; Akron group takes third place

A team from Detroit that aims to put tiny sensors on buoys took the top prize at the Erie Hack Water Innovation Summit — an event that challenged teams from throughout the Lake Erie region to solve the lake’s biggest problems.

Wayne State University’s Micro Buoy team will receive $40,000 cash plus roughly $10,000 in support services to help it commercialize its sensor, which is designed to detect contaminants in water.

The top three teams all focused on monitoring the health of the lake, including the University of Akron’s Water Warriors team, which placed third…

A computer algorithm to identify fish: A Q&A with ErieHack finalist Josiah Olson

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Josiah Olson developed a computer algorithm to differentiate types of fish.

His website is called whatismyfish.net, one of nine fledgling technologies competing for cash prizes at the ErieHack competition in Cleveland this week.

The idea sounds weird. But it makes sense for Olson, whose earliest memories growing up in rural Ohio are of fishing off a dock, catching bluegills on pole with a string and a big earthworm on the end…

Micro Buoy takes first place in inaugural ErieHack tech challenge: See how it works

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A team of doctoral students from Wayne State University in Detroit took first place at the inaugural ErieHack technology challenge Wednesday, walking away with $50,000 in cash and business-support services to apply to their environmental innovation: tiny, solar-powered sensors that can be mounted on buoys to detect harmful contaminants in water.

The Wayne State contingent was one of nine teams from cities along Lake Erie that gave six-minute pitches before a panel of four judges, a la Shark Tank.

“Will this tell me if somebody pees in my pool?” joked judge Jeff Hoffman during the question and answer period that followed Micro Buoy pitch…

Four teams win $100K in Cash & Prizes

CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 3, 2017) – The Cleveland Water Alliance, in conjunction with numerous partners from throughout the Lake Erie basin, including NASA Glenn Research Center and the Great Lakes Observing System, presented $100K in cash and prizes to four winning teams at the Erie Hack Competition and Water Innovation Summit today. The $40,000 cash grand-prize winner of the Erie Hack, a tech-driven international water innovation competition and accelerator program, was Mirco Buoy, a team out of Wayne State University in Detroit. Its creation is a nano-sensor, contained in a buoy, that can detect environmental contaminants in the water. In addition, the team receives $10,000 in support services…

Aqua men and women put Akron on Erie Hack map

Two teams from the University of Akron hope to make a splash at this week’s Erie Hack, a hackathon-style event, where engineers, scientists, researchers, coders and data and water experts try to solve Lake Erie’s challenges. And win or lose, both say they plan to pursue their projects. The hack is sponsored by the Cleveland Water Alliance, and teams from several Great Lakes cities have spent weeks coming up with ways to use technology and data to look at Lake Erie’s problems, such as algae…

ErieHack summit aims to protect water

CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s all about water: drinking water, stormwater, water in the ground, water in the lake. Technology, enthusiasm and creativity took on water issues Tuesday at the inaugural ErieHack Water Innovation Summit in Cleveland.

From groundwater-measuring satellites to an ergonomically correct pry bar, innovative ways to clean, maintain and monitor water resources, industry experts shared stories and stressed the importance of keeping one of Cleveland’s greatest resources clean.

Cleveland.com took in much of the conference and plans to return Wednesday for the finals of the ErieHack technology competition. But first, here are three cool facts we learned Tuesday…

New contest could help Lake Erie for generations

CLEVELAND – A unique 2-day contest at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland could help improve Lake Erie for generations to come.

Called “Erie Hack,” it could be compared to “Shark Tank.”

“Contestants” include scientists, students and entrepreneurs from six cities in the U.S. and Canada competing for up to $100,000 in prizes.

“We asked our communities to come together and find new solutions to tackling our biggest water challenges,” said Bryan Stubbs of the Cleveland Water Alliance, which is hosting the event.

Kelly Siman’s team is from the University of Akron and found a way to detect the otherwise invisible warning signs of an algal bloom from a phone.

“You take a picture from your smart phone, you upload it to our website, and it calibrates and calculates exactly what the nitrogen and the phosphorous is,” she said.

Others are looking at everything from underwater Wi-Fi to the recycling of zebra mussel shells…

 

How do you improve Lake Erie? ErieHack Summit invites experts and entrepreneurs to try

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Water Alliance is bringing experts on water, the environment and technology to Cleveland this week for an innovation summit designed to find scientific solutions to Lake Erie’s problems.

The inaugural ErieHack Water Innovation Summit will include days of speakers. But the centerpiece will be the finals of the ErieHack competition, where one of nine big ideas designed to parlay an environmentally challenged lake into a business proposition will win $50,000 in cash and assistance.

Let's find smart ways to keep Lake Erie great

A late April day with warm breezes and temperatures in the 80s reminds me of how lucky we are to live on the shore of Lake Erie. A few brave souls recently had their sailboats on the still-frigid lake waters.

They’ll have plenty of company soon. Lake Erie will be dotted with speedboats and sails, and we’ll spend late afternoons and evenings with creeping shadows as we cast fishing lines or walk along the lakeshore watching the sun sink into the western sky.

So often, when you live with something long enough, you take it for granted. I fear that’s what we’ve done with our greatest natural asset.

At a time when we see the threat of environmental dangers such as toxic algal blooms juxtaposed with the potential of federal budget cuts, we must seek creative solutions to ensure that our greatest natural resource remains a great Great Lake.

This week, Lake Erie takes center stage at the inaugural Erie Hack Competition and Water Innovation Summit, which will be held on May 2 and 3 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland…

International Erie Hack & Water Innovation Summit in CLE

“Our goal is to raise awareness about our precious freshwater resource and turn the teams’ big ideas into start-ups that will drive innovation and economic development in Northeast Ohio and the Lake Erie region,” CWA executive director Bryan Stubbs said.

Nine teams will compete for a grand prize of $40,000 in cash at the finals on May 3:
MicroBuoy (Detroit), Water Warriors (Akron/Cleveland), Fish.io.ai (Cleveland), Hydrosense (Akron/Cleveland), Orbitist (Buffalo), WaterWatcher (Buffalo), Purily (Detroit), Plex Net LLC (Toledo), and ExtremeComms Lab (Buffalo)

Teams will present their solutions to a panel of judges, including Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman and Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of priceline.com. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson will participate in the summit, which will feature speakers such as Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory, and Rebekah Eggers, Global Water Leader at IBM…

Sound of Ideas: Erie Hack

…galvanizing the power of technology and the entrepreneurial spirit in an effort to solve challenges facing Lake Erie. We’ll talk to those behind the upcoming Erie Hack and Water Innovation Summit.

[Erie Hack Audio Begins at 18:40]

 

UB students aim to improve lake sustainability via “Erie Hack”

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- How do you “hack” a lake?

“Unlike other hacks we’re actually finding real-life solutions that address Lake Erie’s biggest concerns,” explained UB sophomore Isabel Hall.

Problems like pollution, invasive species, and water quality are the focus of the 2017 Erie Hack competition; hacking Lake Erie is really about using technology to make it better.

The competition stretches throughout the Erie Basin region…

Saving Lake Erie: 3 local teams compete in finals of ErieHack competition

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Threats to Lake Erie offer up plenty of opportunities for technological innovation.

Systems are being created to monitor the nutrient runoff that breeds harmful algal blooms, to categorize the fish population in the lake, and to ensure that communities understand the value of water.

The Cleveland Water Alliance prompted the development of these ideas with a competition designed to parlay an environmentally challenged lake into a business proposition…

Hackathon aims to clean up Lake Erie

Pollution and other problems plague areas all over the Great Lakes region. And they can make drinking or swimming dangerous. There’s plenty of blame to go around for this – city water utilities, agriculture, and politicians to name a few.

Now an unlikely industry has joined the search for solutions — technology is taking on Lake Erie….

Erie Hack asks hackers, water experts to solve Lake Erie's biggest problems

If you’re a hacker who loves Lake Erie, the Cleveland Water Alliance wants you.

The alliance is recruiting coders, engineers, data junkies and water experts interested in tackling some of Lake Erie’s biggest challenges as part of a hackathon-style program called Erie Hack…

Press Release

CLEVELAND, Ohio (February 10, 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, has released its six challenge statements for Erie Hack, a tech-driven international water innovation competition and accelerator program that will culminate in a two-day summit in Cleveland in early May.

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Lake Erie Hackers

When we hear about hacking, it’s usually not a “good news” story. “Aquahacking” is an exception.

To improve water quality in Lake Erie, teams of engineers, software developers and students worked for months on a hacking competition. Erie Hack is billed as the intersection of the environment and the regional economy.  The Cleveland Water Alliance offered up cash and support, and the ideas started flowing. The final nine teams pitched their ideas to a panel of judges.

Think a little bit shark tank, and a lot toxic algae and beach monitoring…

Wayne State University team wins Erie Hack competition

A team from Detroit that aims to put tiny sensors on buoys took the top prize at the Erie Hack Water Innovation Summit — an event that challenged teams from throughout the Lake Erie region to solve the lake’s biggest problems.

Wayne State University’s Micro Buoy team will receive $40,000 cash plus about $10,000 in support services to help it commercialize its sensor, which is designed to detect contaminants in water.

The Cleveland Water Alliance hosted the event…

Erie Hack grand prize goes to Wayne State team

The Erie Hack competition is over, with $40,000 and consulting services awarded to Micro Buoy, a team from Wayne State University in Detroit.

The team’s idea is a nano-sensor that can be attached to a buoy that will be able to detect temperature, lead, and nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen.

Wednesday’s final was the culmination of a months-long competition that started with 37 teams from around Lake Erie. The winner was chosen from nine finalist teams from Detroit, Buffalo, Cleveland, and Toledo….

Detroit team wins Erie Hack competition; Akron group takes third place

A team from Detroit that aims to put tiny sensors on buoys took the top prize at the Erie Hack Water Innovation Summit — an event that challenged teams from throughout the Lake Erie region to solve the lake’s biggest problems.

Wayne State University’s Micro Buoy team will receive $40,000 cash plus roughly $10,000 in support services to help it commercialize its sensor, which is designed to detect contaminants in water.

The top three teams all focused on monitoring the health of the lake, including the University of Akron’s Water Warriors team, which placed third…

A computer algorithm to identify fish: A Q&A with ErieHack finalist Josiah Olson

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Josiah Olson developed a computer algorithm to differentiate types of fish.

His website is called whatismyfish.net, one of nine fledgling technologies competing for cash prizes at the ErieHack competition in Cleveland this week.

The idea sounds weird. But it makes sense for Olson, whose earliest memories growing up in rural Ohio are of fishing off a dock, catching bluegills on pole with a string and a big earthworm on the end…

Micro Buoy takes first place in inaugural ErieHack tech challenge: See how it works

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A team of doctoral students from Wayne State University in Detroit took first place at the inaugural ErieHack technology challenge Wednesday, walking away with $50,000 in cash and business-support services to apply to their environmental innovation: tiny, solar-powered sensors that can be mounted on buoys to detect harmful contaminants in water.

The Wayne State contingent was one of nine teams from cities along Lake Erie that gave six-minute pitches before a panel of four judges, a la Shark Tank.

“Will this tell me if somebody pees in my pool?” joked judge Jeff Hoffman during the question and answer period that followed Micro Buoy pitch…

Four teams win $100K in Cash & Prizes

CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 3, 2017) – The Cleveland Water Alliance, in conjunction with numerous partners from throughout the Lake Erie basin, including NASA Glenn Research Center and the Great Lakes Observing System, presented $100K in cash and prizes to four winning teams at the Erie Hack Competition and Water Innovation Summit today. The $40,000 cash grand-prize winner of the Erie Hack, a tech-driven international water innovation competition and accelerator program, was Mirco Buoy, a team out of Wayne State University in Detroit. Its creation is a nano-sensor, contained in a buoy, that can detect environmental contaminants in the water. In addition, the team receives $10,000 in support services…

Aqua men and women put Akron on Erie Hack map

Two teams from the University of Akron hope to make a splash at this week’s Erie Hack, a hackathon-style event, where engineers, scientists, researchers, coders and data and water experts try to solve Lake Erie’s challenges. And win or lose, both say they plan to pursue their projects. The hack is sponsored by the Cleveland Water Alliance, and teams from several Great Lakes cities have spent weeks coming up with ways to use technology and data to look at Lake Erie’s problems, such as algae…

ErieHack summit aims to protect water

CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s all about water: drinking water, stormwater, water in the ground, water in the lake. Technology, enthusiasm and creativity took on water issues Tuesday at the inaugural ErieHack Water Innovation Summit in Cleveland.

From groundwater-measuring satellites to an ergonomically correct pry bar, innovative ways to clean, maintain and monitor water resources, industry experts shared stories and stressed the importance of keeping one of Cleveland’s greatest resources clean.

Cleveland.com took in much of the conference and plans to return Wednesday for the finals of the ErieHack technology competition. But first, here are three cool facts we learned Tuesday…

New contest could help Lake Erie for generations

CLEVELAND – A unique 2-day contest at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland could help improve Lake Erie for generations to come.

Called “Erie Hack,” it could be compared to “Shark Tank.”

“Contestants” include scientists, students and entrepreneurs from six cities in the U.S. and Canada competing for up to $100,000 in prizes.

“We asked our communities to come together and find new solutions to tackling our biggest water challenges,” said Bryan Stubbs of the Cleveland Water Alliance, which is hosting the event.

Kelly Siman’s team is from the University of Akron and found a way to detect the otherwise invisible warning signs of an algal bloom from a phone.

“You take a picture from your smart phone, you upload it to our website, and it calibrates and calculates exactly what the nitrogen and the phosphorous is,” she said.

Others are looking at everything from underwater Wi-Fi to the recycling of zebra mussel shells…

 

How do you improve Lake Erie? ErieHack Summit invites experts and entrepreneurs to try

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Water Alliance is bringing experts on water, the environment and technology to Cleveland this week for an innovation summit designed to find scientific solutions to Lake Erie’s problems.

The inaugural ErieHack Water Innovation Summit will include days of speakers. But the centerpiece will be the finals of the ErieHack competition, where one of nine big ideas designed to parlay an environmentally challenged lake into a business proposition will win $50,000 in cash and assistance.

Let's find smart ways to keep Lake Erie great

A late April day with warm breezes and temperatures in the 80s reminds me of how lucky we are to live on the shore of Lake Erie. A few brave souls recently had their sailboats on the still-frigid lake waters.

They’ll have plenty of company soon. Lake Erie will be dotted with speedboats and sails, and we’ll spend late afternoons and evenings with creeping shadows as we cast fishing lines or walk along the lakeshore watching the sun sink into the western sky.

So often, when you live with something long enough, you take it for granted. I fear that’s what we’ve done with our greatest natural asset.

At a time when we see the threat of environmental dangers such as toxic algal blooms juxtaposed with the potential of federal budget cuts, we must seek creative solutions to ensure that our greatest natural resource remains a great Great Lake.

This week, Lake Erie takes center stage at the inaugural Erie Hack Competition and Water Innovation Summit, which will be held on May 2 and 3 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland…

International Erie Hack & Water Innovation Summit in CLE

“Our goal is to raise awareness about our precious freshwater resource and turn the teams’ big ideas into start-ups that will drive innovation and economic development in Northeast Ohio and the Lake Erie region,” CWA executive director Bryan Stubbs said.

Nine teams will compete for a grand prize of $40,000 in cash at the finals on May 3:
MicroBuoy (Detroit), Water Warriors (Akron/Cleveland), Fish.io.ai (Cleveland), Hydrosense (Akron/Cleveland), Orbitist (Buffalo), WaterWatcher (Buffalo), Purily (Detroit), Plex Net LLC (Toledo), and ExtremeComms Lab (Buffalo)

Teams will present their solutions to a panel of judges, including Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman and Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of priceline.com. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson will participate in the summit, which will feature speakers such as Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory, and Rebekah Eggers, Global Water Leader at IBM…

Sound of Ideas: Erie Hack

…galvanizing the power of technology and the entrepreneurial spirit in an effort to solve challenges facing Lake Erie. We’ll talk to those behind the upcoming Erie Hack and Water Innovation Summit.

[Erie Hack Audio Begins at 18:40]

 

UB students aim to improve lake sustainability via “Erie Hack”

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- How do you “hack” a lake?

“Unlike other hacks we’re actually finding real-life solutions that address Lake Erie’s biggest concerns,” explained UB sophomore Isabel Hall.

Problems like pollution, invasive species, and water quality are the focus of the 2017 Erie Hack competition; hacking Lake Erie is really about using technology to make it better.

The competition stretches throughout the Erie Basin region…

Saving Lake Erie: 3 local teams compete in finals of ErieHack competition

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Threats to Lake Erie offer up plenty of opportunities for technological innovation.

Systems are being created to monitor the nutrient runoff that breeds harmful algal blooms, to categorize the fish population in the lake, and to ensure that communities understand the value of water.

The Cleveland Water Alliance prompted the development of these ideas with a competition designed to parlay an environmentally challenged lake into a business proposition…

Hackathon aims to clean up Lake Erie

Pollution and other problems plague areas all over the Great Lakes region. And they can make drinking or swimming dangerous. There’s plenty of blame to go around for this – city water utilities, agriculture, and politicians to name a few.

Now an unlikely industry has joined the search for solutions — technology is taking on Lake Erie….

Erie Hack asks hackers, water experts to solve Lake Erie's biggest problems

If you’re a hacker who loves Lake Erie, the Cleveland Water Alliance wants you.

The alliance is recruiting coders, engineers, data junkies and water experts interested in tackling some of Lake Erie’s biggest challenges as part of a hackathon-style program called Erie Hack…

Press Release

CLEVELAND, Ohio (February 10, 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, has released its six challenge statements for Erie Hack, a tech-driven international water innovation competition and accelerator program that will culminate in a two-day summit in Cleveland in early May.

Pictures

Cleveland Meetups

Videos

UB students aim to improve lake sustainability via “Erie Hack”

Cleveland Quarter Final Promo Video

Erie Hack

Tech Time: Innovative Solutions for Clean Water

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