California Water Data Hackathon

August 7, 2018

The Division of Data Sciences, in partnership with the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, invites participants to join the movement towards safe drinking water by partaking in the 2018 California Water Data Hackathon. Running from September 14-15, attendees will have the opportunity to leverage core data science, programming, and analytic skills and tools to build a project in support of the California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge (June 26 - October 1, 2018).

The main goal of the #CAWaterDataChallenge is to increase community access to safe drinking water, better understand vulnerabilities, and identify and deploy solutions. Delivering sufficient, safe, and affordable drinking water to over 200,000 afflicted Californians has been an ongoing battle, one that the California Water Data Hackathon aims to tackle. Organizers of the event hope to increase engagement in the issue by providing attendees with access to additional data, technology, tools, and resources aligned with the challenge. Furthermore, attendees will have the opportunity to use the power of open data to create new tools for identifying vulnerable communities and to develop analytical tools estimating vulnerability to safe water service disruptions.

Timed with the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco #GCAS2018, this open-to-all community event will help existing Challenge participant teams, as well as new participants, leverage open data recently released in machine-readable formats. Join us to design, build, test, and shape projects capturing 'Science to Action'!

The event will be hosted at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science in 190 Doe Library. 

More About The Challenge

On any given day in California, around 200,000 Californians turn on their taps and the water that comes out is unsafe to drink and may be unsafe to use for basic needs like bathing. Annually, up to 1 million Californians lack access to clean, safe drinking water at some point during the year. Droughts and other disruptions in the water supply can limit or eliminate access to safe drinking water for days, months, or years. Some communities have been exposed to unsafe water for more than a decade.