Solar Bucket Hack-a-thon

The Challenge Question: 

How can clean energy from the Smart Solar Bucket be used as a tool for farmers and urban growers to increase local food production while lowering our carbon emissions?

What is The Solar Bucket?

Clean energy whenever, wherever you need it. 

A quick, easy way for Ecological Farmers(urban & rural) to integrate renewable energy. The Solar Bucket is a portable solar cell which was developed by the community at Cavaleiro Farm. It has a few uses, tools and implements for urban and rural growers. Available ready to use and in DIY kit format.
Solar Bucket Usage Examples

The Story

A year ago, the farmers at Cavaleiro Farm faced a challenge, how can they pump water remotely to their plants and animals at far distances? Running feet of extension cords or driving over large tanks of water were costly and resource-inefficient solutions. So, with a bit of creativity and engineering-know-how, they created the Solar Bucket, a tool that captures solar energy in a portable battery. Not just for pumping water anymore, it was power for anything, whenever and wherever they needed it.

 The Smart Solar Bucket Prototype

We have a second generation Smart Solar Bucket Prototype that has a IoT enabled micro-controller. This will allow for remote-use, automation and data acquisition.
Smart Bucket Info

Meet the Mentors


Ivan Wadgymar

Maizal Mexican Cuisine

Chef, Restauranteur, Farmer, Cultural Ambassador



Rene Suarez

Make it Natural

Farming, Holistic Living, Educator


Lathieeshe Thillainathan


Video Game Producer

Caitlin Cassie

Caitlin Cassie

Brookfield Institute

Soccer Coach, Policy Ninja, Community Activator

Shoeb Mohammad

Shoeb Mohammad

Schulich School of Business

Strategic Management Lecturer, Researcher focused on unethical behavior of companies, corruption and reputation

Rebekah Churchyard

Rebekah Churchyard

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Research Associate, Social Worker, Promoting Sustainable Community Living

The Challenge

How can clean energy from the Smart Solar Bucket be used as a tool for farmers and urban growers to increase local food production while lowering our carbon emissions?

What is The Point of This Hack-a-thon?

The Solar Bucket Hack-a-thon gives us the opportunity to put the prototype in the hands of our participants along with case studies from ecological farmers.


The goal of this event is to:


  • Achieve a fun environment where ANYONE can learn about design thinking inspired by nature, technology, food and farming.
  • Generate ideas for how IoT and clean energy could be used by urban and rural growers
  • Establishing a open source, DIY, online community to develop affordable tech for ecological farming.

Event Details

When: Friday, February 3rd at 12pm - Sunday, February 5th at 5pm

Event Details

This is a two and a half day event

Friday February 3rd at 12pm - 6pm

  • Introduction and Group learning
  • Brainstorming and Idea Creation

Saturday February 4th 10am - 6pm

  • Prototyping
  • Feedback from Mentors 12pm - 5pm
  • Networking Event with food from Maizal Mexican Cuisine @ 5pm

Sunday February 5th 10am - 2pm

  • Presentation and Prizes

Questions or Concerns? Email:

Where: Ryerson University

The Science and Engineering Zone

At Ryerson University

159 Dalhousie St

(near Dundas and Church)


Click for link to map and directions

Who: Anyone Can Participate

Who should get involved? 

Anyone can participate, young, old, and in between. This is a chance to think creatively about big problems and discover new perspectives by working collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds. Participants do not have to be experts in farming, food or environmental issues.

We are looking to engage participants with the following skills:
  • Food and Farming
  • Community Organizers
  • Activists
  • Content Experts
  • Artists
  • Storytellers
  • Designers
  • Builders
  • Engineers
  • Makers
  • Programmers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Project Managers

Facilitators, Mentors, Speakers and Judges
Throughout the 2.5 day Solar Bucket Hack-a-thon, a group of facilitators, mentors, speakers and judges will be on hand. They will provide teams with inspiration, strategic guidance, and feedback on solutions.

How is this event different or innovative?

Solar Hack Different
Usage Cases

Get Involved

Anyone Can Participate!

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UC and Cavaleiro

Co-Hosting & Staffing


Venue & Fixtures


Hosting & Tutorials