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The Competition

Everything You Need To Know

Competition Overview

We are looking for innovative solutions that will help mitigate the impacts of intense rainfall events in our communities. Have an idea? This competition is for you!

Learn more about these impacts by visiting The Problem page.

The competition consists of a written report and solution pitch. There is also a mentorship and skills development workshop and two informational webinars. Teams will be required to register in order to participate. Once registered, teams can begin working on their solutions.

Our 2021 competition will be hosted virtually and for the first time, registration is open globally.

Building Your Team

Teams should consist of 3 to 6 members.

Though it is not mandatory, we strongly encourage participants to build diversified teams across various programs  to gain different perspectives and skills useful for developing a successful innovation. 

Along with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) students, other programs that could be considered when building a team are Horticulture, Water Quality, Environmental Sciences, Marketing, Finance, Public Relations, etc.

Note: Students do not need to be attending the same post secondary institution to be on the same team.

Your Innovation

The purpose of this competition is for teams to create innovations that can be implemented in their communities to reduce the impact of intense rainfall events.

Teams have the option to design a brand new innovative solution or to modify and improve an existing one. Innovations are not restricted to being physical products like rain barrels, rain gardens, or blue roofs, but can also be technologies, outreach, education campaigns, fundraisers, games and more!

Teams are to look at their community and environment when designing their product and innovations can be made for a urban or rural application.

At the end of the competition, teams will have a chance to network with each other to determine if there is an opportunity to merge their ideas and collaborate to expand on their innovations.

Report and Presentation

Teams will create a report that describes the innovation, including details about the materials needed, the expense breakdown, and the marketing strategy. An electronic copy of the report must be submitted to submission@rainitinsc.com before 11:59 PM on March 14th, 2021.

Teams will be invited to pitch virtually in March, 2021. Five minutes will be allotted to each team to pitch their solution. After each pitch, the judges will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

The report and solution pitch will be evaluated by a judging panel composed of industry experts. Report and presentation assessment criteria can be found below.

Report Evaluation Criteria

Pitch Evaluation Criteria

Why Participate

Rain It In provides an environment for experiential learning to take place. Students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills developed from their education to a real world problem. They will have a project to showcase to potential employers and be part of the solution to address the impacts of climate change in their community.
All participating teams will have the opportunity to network with passionate, like-minded peers and build relationships with industry contacts. Teams will receive mentorship after the competition to continue with the development and implementation of their innovations.

Want to Attend?

We would like to invite you to attend our event. If you, your class, or organization are interested in watching the pitches please contact inquiries@rainitinsc.com.

Rain It In’s 2021 Judging Panel

Our judging panel of industry experts are hand picked to maximize our competition’s potential and impact on our community



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Dr. Victoria Kramkowski
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Government and Community Relations Specialist for Peel-York Watersheds

Dr. Victoria Kramkowski advances TRCA’s strategic goals through engagement and partnerships with governments, community groups and other organizations and stakeholders.


Victoria previously managed the City of Mississauga’s award-winning stormwater charge program, including associated outreach, credit and incentive programs and has worked with municipalities across Canada in the development of their stormwater charges.


Her career spans government, the private sector and academia and includes work on environmental policy, natural resources management, low impact development and scenario planning. Victoria has a PhD in Environmental Planning.

John Robinson
Mazarine Ventures

Mr. Robinson operates at the intersection of technology, venture investing, and water/wastewater. With 14 years in water/wastewater, he has experience in most end-user markets, and has worked across nearly every technology vertical with a particularly strong focus on data science-related innovations.


The investment group he co-founded, Mazarine Ventures, operates an in-house incubator, seed-stage fund, and a growth-stage fund all focused on hardware and software innovations that address water/wastewater risks in agriculture, buildings, industry, and utilities. With aspirations beyond simply commercial opportunity, Mr. Robinson is passionate about water quality and public health (social impact) and water quantity and climate change (environmental impact).


Robinson’s undergraduate studies were at Denison University and graduate studies were at Johns Hopkins University.



Registration closes January 24th, 2021

Check back for more Rain It In details in 2021!