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Exploring ancestral knowledge for water stewardship

October 20 - October 22

Join us in this exciting virtual hackathon where local and global indigenous communities, alongside designers and programmers will converge to identify, learn and share the many methods and techniques indigenous communities have used for water management, protection and stewardship.

As there are many ways in which ancestral knowledge is being and could be preserved and transmitted, this hackathon aims to shed light on the ancestral wisdom carried out through generations of first nations and indigenous groups from around the world. This wisdom can now be transferred to digital platforms that could assist in tackling the many problems we face with our global water resources in the 21st century.

Participants will have the chance to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams from around the world and will work on ideating and prototyping their ideas. These ideas will be pitched to a panel of experts for a chance to win prizes sponsored by Microsoft; the selected idea will be implemented in the real world through the FlowH2O water resource platform sponsored by Canada’s Digital Supercluster.


Day 1 – October 20th

  • Problem Definition Session: 11AM-1PM PST
  • Ideation Session 1: 2PM – 4PM PST

Day 2 – October 21st

  • Ideation Session 2: 11AM-1PM PST
  • Presentations & Winner Selection: 2PM – 4PM PST

Day 3 – October 22nd

  • Winner Team Prototyping: 11AM-1PM PST
  • Demo and Final Presentation: 2PM – 4PM PST

Who should attend?

  • Individuals from first nations and indigenous communities concerned about water conservation
  • Technologists and designers interested in transforming concepts to prototypes
  • Individuals committed with contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


  • Allison LutzHydrology Professor at Selkirk College, Canada
  • Ken Tourand, CEO at Nicola Valley Institute Of Technology, Canada
  • More to be announced soon!

Register Here:




October 20
October 22




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