High Tech Challenge Cup

Is working on the leading edge of technology, striving to create the newest innovation, taking its toll on you? Instead of creating the machine, become the machine. With robotic precision and mechanical efficiency, race to the finish line in our High Tech Challenge Cup. Prove that you have the better A.I. and pit yourself against teams representing companies whose major business is the production of computer software and hardware, system interfaces, and so much more!


Past Participants include:

Dragon Riders (Alcatel-Lucent Canada Inc)
Fleet of Foote (Footeworks Inc.)
BTA Design Services (BTA Design Services)
Trend Paddlers (Trend Micro)
CMC Dragoneers (Esterline CMC Electronics)
Nortel Radio Waves (Nortel Networks)
Flickin Awesome (Flicksoftware)
Team Ericsson (Ericsson)
Merchant Link Dragons (Merchant Link)
GDMS-C (General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada)
Rebels (Rebel.com)
MNP CAPE Crusaders (MNP)
Superna Eyeglass (SUPERNA)
DRS Technologies (DRS Technologies Canada Ltd.)
Vocantas (Vocantas)
Innovaboat (Innovapost)
Babcock Basilisks (Babcock Canada Inc)
The Bentonite Seals (Thurber Engineering Ltd.)
Titus Titans (Titus)



Team Rate: $1400
Out of Town Rate: $995 *Outside 100km radius of Ottawa
Individual Rate: Cost determined by team paddling with.



Early Bird Rate: $1300 (50 spots available)
Teams registered in the following divisions: $850 (25 spots available)

Teams outside North America: FREE


Registration includes:

  • Entry into the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
  • Two team practices with certified coaches
  • Opportunity for top fundraising teams to qualify to race in the Charity Challenge Cup 
  • Access to free concert series and onsite activities
  • Opportunity to compete in various community and corporate divisions
  • Team site to hang out between races; decorate to have fun or promote your business/organization
  • Invitation for all team members to the Opening Ceremony and Parade of Champions
  • Entry into team t-shirt, team site and team spirit competitions 
  • All equipment provided (boats, paddles, PFDs)
Team Details:

Mixed - must race with a minimum of 8 female paddlers.
Women - must race with all female paddlers, but can have a drummer and/or steersperson of either gender.
Open - teams are often comprised of primarily male paddlers, but females may also paddle. Open teams can have a drummer and/or steersperson of either gender.

Teams may be comprised of 16-20 paddlers, 1 drummer, 1 steersperson and up to 6 spares (maximum roster of 28).