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TCI Water and Soil Hackathon

Event Details


January 15, 2021


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Hackathon on Saturday Jan. 15th

What is a hackathon?

A “hackathon” is usually a multi-day event where many people collaborate to solve a particular problem by computer programming. The hackathons are generally competitive and are put into teams to achieve their task. Hackathons are a great way to meet new people, gain knowledge about a topic, and resume-builder!

Why are we doing a hackathon?

Did you know that 1.1 billion people lack access to water globally, and water sanitation is a problem for 2.4 billion people worldwide? Did you also know that climate change has degraded soil health and contributed to desertification, affecting 213 million people?

Soil and water go hand-in-hand, and the continuing declines in soil moisture can result in dramatic impacts, including food production. 

On Saturday, January 15, 2022, TCI will be hosting an online Water and Soil Hackathon competition for high school and post high school students. TCI’s Water and Soil Hackathon will be a little different from regular hackathons – to create functioning systems for a specific challenge through an online event. We believe that youth can help find creative and innovative solutions to our global water and soil problems. TCI’s Water and Soil Hackathon mission is to inspire and empower youth to be aware of water and soil issues and create solutions. TCI would love to make your solution come to life with our first-place prizes of $7,500 (one awarded per age group)!

The Challenge:

The challenge for TCI’s Water and Soil Hackathon is to develop a tangible solution to help improve the quality of water and/or soil in your community. Your solution can be an engineered product or application that your teammates create over the next few weeks and presents to judges on Saturday, January 15, 2022, from 12 PM ET to 2:30 PM ET. TCI would love to help your team make that product/solution come to life, with the first-place prizes of $7,500 awarded to the top high-school student team (ages 14-18) and post high-school student team (ages 18-22).

To apply, you must form a team of 3-5 students in high school, ages 14-18 OR a team of 3-5 students post high-school, ages 18-22. ALL teammates must participate in this project. Registration will end on December 17, 2021, at 11:59 PM ET. TCI will notify your team on December 22, 2021, if your project is chosen to present on January 15, 2022. A total of 15 teams will compete to show their solution through a presentation during their designated time. Team members must live in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central, North America, or South America. Application materials must be submitted in English, and the Hackathon event on January 15, 2022 will also be held in English, with hopes for multilingual events in the future! The Hackathon will be a recorded event, and TCI will post a video of the recording on our YouTube channel

Want to learn more? Click below for the full guide to the Water and Soil Hackathon!

Hackathon Guide

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