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The AquaHacking 2016 Challenge : The Tech Community Comes Together to Help the St. Lawrence River

MONTREAL, QUEBEC — (Marketwired) — 05/02/16 — Starting this week, Quebec–s technology and digital community will focus on the most pressing issues facing the St. Lawrence River as part of the AquaHacking CHALLENGE: Hacking for the St. Lawrence. This hacking CHALLENGE, organized by the de Gaspe Beaubien Foundation, aims to develop innovative solutions.

“The participating teams, made up of developers, designers, programmers, coders, IT professionals, water experts and creative minds, will have five months to develop functional technological solutions (mobile, web, or other),” explains Ms. Dominique Monchamp, executive director of the de Gaspe Beaubien Foundation.

Here are some examples of the challenges to be met:

Why participate?

A total of $50,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the six finalist teams. In addition, these teams will land their first client contracts and will have access to a bank of hours to consult professionals in the fields of finance, law, and marketing.

All of the CHALLENGE participants will be in close contact with IT solution companies and project partners. They will also receive support from mentors, technology experts, or water specialists from organizations such as , the , , and the .

The finalists will have the opportunity to present their solutions to a jury of high-profile entrepreneurs, capital venture investors, IT executives, and environmental experts.

To ensure that the winning solutions will be developed to their full potential, they will also receive support from renowned incubators, namely, , (Ecole de technologie superieure) and (Concordia University).

The grand final for the CHALLENGE will take place on October 7, 2016, the second day of the . The Summit will take place at the .

The CHALLENGE participants will also have access to data sets provided by , the Quebec , and the .

In addition to funding provided by the , AquaHacking 2016 receives financial support from as major partner, as well as , the , the , , the , , and . Furthermore, and the will contribute to the project by sharing their valuable expertise on the St. Lawrence River. The , Concordia University–s , , , and (City of Quebec), all of which contribute to the development of the Quebec technology ecosystem, also support AquaHacking.

To find out more about the AquaHacking 2016 CHALLENGE, the general public is invited to the next 6@8 info sessions, which will be held in the cities of Montreal and Quebec.

To register for the CHALLENGE, participate in an information session, or to know more:

Twitter: @AquaHacking


About the de Gaspe Beaubien Foundation

Created in 1990 by Nan-b and Philippe II de Gaspe Beaubien, the Foundation generously spends time and resources in support of individuals, families and communities. It supports those who work in the field for positive change and sustainable prosperity. The Foundation focuses particularly on three fields: supporting families in business, improving governance in healthcare, and preserving water.

Gaspe Beaubien Foundation

Information and interview requests:
Diep Truong
Exergue Communications
514 524-7348

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