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Team from Tracy High Wins H20 Hackathon
March 27, 2017
The winner of the Cal Water Golden Spigot Award at the Second Annual H20 Hackathon was a team of four high school students from Tracy High School, part of the Tracy Unified School District. The winning team developed an app that converts information from a typical water bill into layman’s terms. It uses visual representations to help people monitor use and save water.
Organized by the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) and iHub San Joaquin, the H20
Hackathon was held at the SJCOE on Saturday, March 25. The competition provides students an opportunity to use the science, computer-programming, and problem-solving skills they learn in school to develop technological solutions in a setting that prepares them for the world after school. “As far as learning 21st-century job skills, this really hits the nail on the head,” said Bret States, coordinator at the SJCOE Office of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). “It involves collaboration, working under deadline pressure, using technology, cooperating as a team, and presenting an idea and a business model to experts.”
The Second Annual H20 Hackathon was a daylong event in which teams had the day to use the IBM Bluemix platform to develop an app or a game to meet one of three water-related goals. A panel of experts determined winning entries. In addition to the educational benefits of the competition, the H20 Hackathon aligns with the iHub San Joaquin mission to nurture entrepreneurship and enterprises in the region dedicated to innovative and emerging technologies. The event was supported by a partnership of local business, government, and other organizations.
Results: Cal Water Golden Spigot Award ($3,000): Team Rocket, Tracy High School
Second Place ($500): Wolfhack Beta, Merrill F. West High School
Third Place ($500): Quantum Wolfhack, Merrill F. West High School
Twelve teams from six county high schools participated: Tracy High School (three teams) and Merrill F. West High School (three teams), Tracy Unified School District; Venture Academy Family of Schools (three teams), San Joaquin County Office of Education; Stagg High School, Stockton Unified School District; Escalon High School, Escalon Unified School District; and Ronald E. McNair High School, Lodi Unified School District.
The Second Annual H20 Hackathon would not have been possible without the following sponsors: Cal Water, Central Delta Water Agency, Port of Stockton, A.G. Spanos Cos., IBM Bluemix, County of San Joaquin, Herum\Crabtree\Suntag Attorneys, Stockton East Water District, Restore the Delta, San Joaquin Partnership, Café Coop, Media Creations, City of Stockton, and the Delta Coalition.