What is EcoHack?
Be a Part of Saskatchewan's First Environment- and Sustainability-Focused Hackathon
Get ready for an entirely new take on solving Saskatoon's most pressing environment and sustainability problems. EcoHack is a three day rapid-problem-solving event that gives local organizations and businesses the ability to pitch their burning environment and sustainability challenges to a group of innovative and creative students. Teams of undergraduate and graduate students then work to find solutions to the problem of their choice.
Wrapping up the event on Sunday with demonstrations of their work, teams will have access to business professionals who will be on hand to mentor teams through the development of an effective demonstration and/or business pitch for their solution. Legal professional mentors will be on site to provide intellectual property advice and next steps to teams if they wish to further develop their solution and turn it into a viable business.
By hosting EcoHack, we hope to help find solutions to environment and sustainability issues that impact our local community. We hope to use EcoHack to empower students by helping them use their skills in a real-world setting and giving them the opportunity to create a business with the support and advice of successful local professionals.
Who Can Participate?
EcoHack will be open to anyone who wants to innovate, tinker, and make things! In particular, we are targeting undergraduate and graduate students engaged in one of our eight environmental programs on campus, engineering, computer science, and business.
Tuesday, November 20
Participants are invited to attend a non-mandatory “training session” where they will get tips and tricks from experts in areas such as: hackathon how-to, ideation, business pitch creation, etc.
Friday, November 23
Community partners will have two minutes to pitch an open ended "challenge" to participants, who will then choose which challenge they want to work on. Participants will then be connected with peers and professionals for networking and assistance.
Saturday, November 24
Participants will choose a challenge and work in teams to analyze their chosen issue. The goal is to come up with a novel, innovative solution to this problem and to work to develop a (likely rudimentary) prototype.
Sunday, November 25
Groups will develop a business pitch centered on their work and will be given five minutes each to pitch their ideas and showcase their innovative solutions to a spectator audience and a panel of judges. EcoHack organizers will not retain any of the intellectual property that emerges from this event. Prizes will be awarded and the event wraps up with a networking event with industry and our students.
Locations for EcoHack are still being determined. Stay tuned for more information.
***Registration opens October 15th***
We welcome all participants of various ages and backgrounds to get involved with EcoHack!
Submit a Problem
Are you interested in submitting a problem that you would like one of our teams to put their efforts towards? Fill out our problem submission form below!
EcoHack would like to thank the following groups who have helped make this event a reality.
- U of S Undergraduate Environmental Programs Office
- U of S School of Environment and Sustainability
- U of S College of Engineering
- U of S Office of Sustainability
Thank you to our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible.
We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Cette recherche a été financée par le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG).