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HOOLA ONE TECHNOLOGIES

From a school project
to a business venture

2017

The start

As part of a final project of their Master degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Sherbrooke, 12 students gave themselves the goal of : 

Designing and manufacturing a prototype able to collect microplastic particles accumulated on Kamilo Beach in Hawaii.

The project took place in collaboration with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund. HWF has been doing cleanups on Kamilo beach for more than 20 years.

December 2018

Hawaii

Prototype tested in Quebec and ready to be shipped to its final destination : Kamilo Beach in Hawaii.

January 2019

new team

At the end of their undergraduate program, three members of the initial team decided to pursue the school project and make it a business venture. Together they created Hoola One Technologies Inc. Their goal: 

To develop new ways to restore ecosystems affected by plastic pollution.

April 2019

Donation to hwf

The prototype arrived at its final destination. The team traveled to Hawaii to demonstrate the prototype in a real environment and to do the commissionning. The prototype was then donated to HWF and they are still using it to this day.

may & June 2019

visit shorelines

Visit of shorelines affected by plastic pollution (Hawaii, American and Canadian Westcoast)

NOVEMBER 2020

HO I

From a first prototype to final and improved product. The design of the new machine was finalized in November 2020.

One of the most polluted
beachES in the world

Why Kamilo Beach?

It is known as one of the worst spots in the world for marine debris accumulation.

Awards and Honors

1st place at the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge (San Diego, CA)

A social venture pitch competition that recognizes, resources and rewards student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change
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Best innovative design at the Canadian Engineering Competition

A competition that brought together 200 of the country’s brightest engineering to compete in one of eight categories.
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Research Grand Price at Concours CREATEK Famille J.R. André Bombardier

Technological entrepreneurship competition at the University of Sherbrooke
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1st place at Défi Startup les affaires

An entrepreneurial contest organized by the newspaper Les affaires
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1st place at the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge (San Diego, CA)

A social venture pitch competition that recognizes, resources and rewards student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change
Learn more

Best innovative design at the Canadian Engineering Competition

A competition that brought together 200 of the country’s brightest engineering to compete in one of eight categories.
Learn more

Research Grand Price at Concours CREATEK Famille J.R. André Bombardier

Technological entrepreneurship competition at the University of Sherbrooke
Learn more

1st place at Défi Startup les affaires

An entrepreneurial contest organized by the newspaper Les affaires
Learn more