Hydrocontest – Incubating the boats of tomorrow

Flagship event of the Hydros Foundation, the Hydrocontest is the first international competition devoted to nautical and maritime energy efficiency.

The contest, which invites participants to design and build boat prototypes that are as efficient as possible, calls for thinking in terms of industrial applications and encourages innovation in imagining the boats of the future.

As a unique international platform dedicated to these specific challenges, the Hydrocontest is a true incubator of talents and technological innovation which is growing, edition after edition. Through this programme, the Hydros Foundation wishes to help the most promising projects see the light of day within a few years.

After several months of preparation, all registered teams meet up during a one-week event to race their prototypes and discuss techniques and ideas, allowing the entire Hydrocontest community to leverage this unique technological and human experience.

An Event for Everyone

an event for everyone

The one-week event that usually takes place in July is open to the public, allowing visitors to witness great minds at work and innovation in the making.

Concrete Goals


Knowing that shipping is both the most common means of transport for commercial goods and the 5th cause of polllution on Earth, the Hydrocontest encourages participants to think about solutions to help the industry reduce its energy consumption and, therefore, its environmental impact.


An international competition

An international competition

Innovation knows no boundaries, nor does the need for new solutions to make cargo ships and leisure boats more efficient. This is why the Hydrocontest is a global competition in which 9 countries from Europe, Asia, Oceania and South America have already taken part.