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H2O Hackathon 2015 Solutions for California Statewide Drought Problems
October 20, 2015
An engaged crowd of young geniuses took on California’s Drought at the “H2O Hackathon – A Water Challenge” held on Friday, October 9, 2015, in Stockton, California.
The H20 Hackathon brought together a creative community of programmers and problem-solvers to address California statewide drought problems. The purpose of the event was to stimulate innovations in water technology and policies that will help solve water management challenges in both the urban and agricultural sectors through new applications and systems. Representatives from Google, IBM and other leading technology organizations attended the event. All the teams were comprised of local students and professionals.
The Stockton Record noted in an article, 'H2O Hackathon' seeks solutions to drought issues,
One team of seven high school students from across the [San Joaquin] county worked with IBM experts to devise their own water-saving app. The students had no coding or programming experience at 8 a.m. Friday, but by 5 p.m. they were sharing a detailed PowerPoint presentation with the judges.
“As California struggles with this historic drought, it is important that educational institutions in the State do their part in preparing students – our future leaders – to be part of the water solution,” said University of the Pacific President Pamela Eibeck, adding that “the H20 Hackathon was an extraordinary opportunity in rethinking how we use water in California.”
The winners of the H2O Hackathon 2015 are:
The Cal Water Golden Spigot Award of $3,000 for best technical solution was presented to “Sprinkles, Inc.” team of young hackers ranging in age from 10-to-16-years old who had attended the IBM/Bluemix Learnathon:
Most Awesome Hack Award for $2,500 went to the “Pipe Dream” team:
Most Creative Hack Award for $2,500: went to the “Shower Power” team:
Most Thoughtful Hack Award for $500 (created by Judges at the Hackathon) was awarded to:
Winners were selected by an expert panel of judges:
Mark Dixon, IBM Smarter Cities & Safer Planet
Pam Eibeck, President, University of the Pacific
Brent Holtz, University of California, Davis
Margot Jacobs Senior Associate, Mia Lehrer and Associates
Claire Latane, Senior Associate, Mia Lehrer and Associates
Jeff Shields, South San Joaquin Irrigation Districts
Every participant also received a gift bag valued at $50 as a thank you for participating in the hackathon.
“We are thrilled that some of the hacks most needed in this era of drought will come from Stockton, in the San Francisco Bay-Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas, a special place worth protecting,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, a hackathon co-sponsor.
The H20 Hackathon – A Water Challenge was conceived by the San Joaquin iHub, San Joaquin County entrepreneurs, business leaders, government officials, and environmental leaders who saw a need for the development of new water technology in order to contend with the impacts of severe drought.
“We are very excited about the new partnership between iHub San Joaquin, UOP and Delta College. Their sponsorship of the H20 Hackathon helps to expand awareness of the Hackathon at our college campuses and we anticipate will assist in recruiting a larger student constituency to participate,” said David Nelson, Chairman, iHub San Joaquin.