Are you passionate about tackling hard problems? Looking for ways to do your part in creating a better future?
Pool your talent and creativity with the next generation of innovators to inspire change, and take action!
Upbeat music plays in the background.
"The Ingenium Innovation Challenge is back! 3 days, 72 hours, 1 winning team."
Hyperspeed footage from the Ingenium Innovation Challenge 2023
"Develop your skills, network with industry professionals, and showcase your work on a national stage."
Various challenge participants present their ideas in front of a large projector screen.
"Up for grabs: the chance to transform your big idea into a marketable product through a dedicated grant and mentorship guidance from our team of experts."
Groups of participants working throughout the first floor of the Ingenium Centre. Some groups are being mentored by industry experts.
"Join Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, May 3 through 5, 2024."
The 2023 winning team stands at the front of the room as everyone applauds. They are holding a big cheque.
Ingenium logo and Canada wordmark fades to white.
The theme: Clean water and sanitation
Currently over half the world’s population does not have access to safe sanitation facilities, causing unnecessary disease and death. In Canada, over 28 First Nations communities do not have access to clean, treated water. Ensuring sustainable management of water and sanitation services is critical and requires meaningful action, unconventional thinking and bold courage.
That’s why we invite you to take part in Ingenium’s Innovation Challenge in May 2024!
When and where
The event will be taking place May 3-5, 2024, in-person and online.
Ingenium’s 2024 Innovation Challenge will be bringing together young adults early in their career aged 18-35 to build a digital prototype to help inspire positive solutions to mitigate the disparities many face around clean water and sanitation – in Canada, and globally. The product should be designed to enable young Canadians aged 9-12 (grades 4-7) to better understand how their actions affect wastewater systems, and help them find ways to contribute to sustainable water and sanitation habits, leading to positive action.
Participants are invited to compete in teams to raise awareness about the topic of clean water and sanitation, but more importantly, to inspire action that leads to meaningful change. How will you do this? By developing a digital prototype over a period of 72 hours. Over the course of the weekend, teams will draw inspiration from the Ingenium collection, workshops led by experts, and one-on-one guidance from industry professionals.
New this year: Two ways to participate
This year, the Ingenium Innovation Challenge will be a hybrid event.
Local participants will have the opportunity to participate in-person at the state-of-the-art Digital Innovation Lab within the Ingenium Centre, in Ottawa, ON.
Canadians outside of the National Capital Region will have the opportunity to take part online. Both onsite and online groups will compete for the same prize by pitching their concepts to a panel of judges.
The winning team will be awarded a financial prize in addition to a grant, in-kind funding, and mentorship guidance for the development of their proof-of-concept prototype into a marketable product for use by the general public.
Late February, 2024: Application Opens
April 5, 2024: Deadline to Apply
May 3, 2024: Innovation Challenge kicks off
May 4, 2024: Innovation Challenge continues
May 5, 2024: Final day of Innovation Challenge: Pitches and award ceremony
June 2024 - March 2025: Product development: Winning team works with experts from Ingenium and its partners to further develop their proof-of-concept prototype into a marketable product for the general public.
Participants must self-organize into teams of three to five and the Team Lead must apply on behalf of their team by 11:59pm April 5th, 2024. More details on application process coming soon.
Diversity and inclusion
Ingenium strongly believes that inclusivity requires social and cultural diversity. This will be achieved by increasing equity group representation (including persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, those who represent gender diversity, and women) as part of all our initiatives. We encourage individuals who belong to one or more of the equity-deserving groups mentioned above to self-identify. This information will not be shared with other participants.
Are you up for the challenge?
If you can’t find the answer to your question, don’t hesitate to reach out by email to our Ingenium Innovation Challenge team, using the subject line “Ingenium Innovation Challenge 2024”.
Partners and Collaborators
About the Ingenium Digital Innovation Lab
The Digital Innovation (DI) Lab is a collaborative hub for exploring innovative ways to improve access to museums spaces, collections, and experiences for all Canadians. Working with academia, start-ups, visitor-serving industries, and the accessibility community, the DI Lab explores emerging technologies, user experience and accessible design to create more inclusive experiences for everyone.