ABOUT ERIE HACK:
The Erie Hack is a data and engineering competition that unites coders, developers, engineers, and water experts to generate enduring solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges. The competition includes $100,000 in prizes for the most creative and effective hacks. Working from the challenge statements derived from ideation sessions with NASA representatives and regional stakeholders, teams are charged with creating digital tools, hardware innovations, and engineering solutions that build “the Blue Economy”: the emergent economic sector dedicated to the sustainable stewardship of bodies of freshwater around the globe. The Erie Hack provides regional high school students, college students, and professionals the opportunity to combine their own expertise with solid mentoring to create technologies with the potential to invigorate Lake Erie’s environment and economy.

The Erie Hack includes a number of hacking days and events across the Lake Erie Basin. The competition kicks off on February 23 with the official launch and concludes with the Water Technology Summit on May 2–3. Click here to register for events.

ABOUT ERIE HACK DATA:
Data to support solutions can be found here in the CivicInsights portal and also on the IBM Bluemix Platform. The data in both portals is the same.

PLEASE NOTE: – AS OF MARCH 10, WE ARE WORKING TO RESOLVE AN ISSUE TO THE IBM BLUEMIX PLATFORM. FOR DATA, PLEASE TEMPORARILY ACCESS THE CIVICINSIGHTS PORTAL.

The Getting Started link on CivicInsights will help you use the portal. Data in the Portal for the ErieHack has been tagged with multiple tags including: Aquahackathon, Lake Erie Aqua Hacking Data Portal, Lake Erie Hack, Lake Erie Hackathon to make the search easier for you. Any data on the CivicInsights portal can be used.

The majority of the environmental data is in the Energy and Environment Data Set (with each listing providing multiple data sets; e.g. The Climate Division Data set includes data from MI, NY, PA). Demographic and land data are located in the Community and Economic Development Data Set. Wherever possible, we have tried to gather data from all the states surrounding the Lake Erie Basin.