The Daily Courier

3 of top 4 Aquahackin­g teams are from UBCO


Three UBC Okanagan teams are in the final four of an Okanagan Basin Water Board competitio­n.

Twenty-one teams started out in the Aqua Hacking competitio­n, offering solutions to various water problems.

The UBCO SIP team has created a mobile water filtration station in the form of a gravity filter backpack.

Algaegator from UBCO created solar-powered filtration system using a submerged pump to remove toxic chemicals and combat algae blooms in lakes.

Triple C from UBCO developed a device to help prevent water contaminat­ion in cisterns, which may help Indigenous communitie­s.

SIP team members are Elana Wood, Yosamin Esanullah, Fikunayomi Adelaja, and Mana Tokuni in Kelowna, and Yamen Shehab in Doha, Qatar.

On the Algaegator team are Erik Hohl, Dolphin Chan and Sam Kinakin of Kelowna,

Tanner Cheyne from Calgary, Vancouver’s Matthew Hinchliff and Omar Noury of Winnipeg.

Triple C team members are Mikhail Ignatyev and Emilia Dyck, both from Kelowna, Sydney Strocen of Winnipeg, and Sam Keeble from Vancouver.

These teams will now compete for $50,000 in seed funding and placement in a start-up incubator to bring their solutions to market, with the finals being held in September.

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