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ErieHack-Innovation Challenge to Solve Lake Erie’s Most Significant Problems, a competition

Posted by Tim on February 4, 2019 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event


First held two years ago, Erie Hack is returning for spring 2019. Erie Hack is an innovation challenge that accelerates technology solutions to Lake Erie’s most significant problems. Student teams can compete for more than $100,000 in prizes at the final as well as a smaller pool here at during the UB selection process.

Working from challenge statements derived from ideation sessions with NASA representatives and regional stakeholders, teams are charged with creating innovative digital tools, hardware innovations and solutions that build “the Blue Economy,” the emergent economic sector dedicated to the sustainable stewardship of bodies of freshwater around the globe.

The local part of the competition kicks off Feb. 19 with an information session from 4-5pm, a team building day on March 8th from 3-5pm, and a hacking day on March 9th from 9-3pm all held in room 210 Student Union. UB will host the Buffalo quarterfinals April 19, with the winners advancing to the June 6 semifinals in Detroit. The finals will be held in conjunction with an Innovation Summit in Cleveland June 20.

Students with any questions should reach out to Derek Nichols, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, at