The Division of Data Sciences at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Institute for Data Science are hosting the California Water Data Hackathon to help find innovative ways to increase community access to safe drinking water, better understand vulnerabilities, and identify and deploy solutions. The September 14-15 California Water Data Hackathon is one of the efforts supporting the California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge (June 26 - October 1, 2018).

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 format. Join us to design, build, test, and shape projects capturing 'Science to Action'!



Friday Sept 14

10am Welcome & Context

  • Cathryn Carson, Faculty Lead, Data Science Education Program, Division of Data Sciences at UC Berkeley
  • Meredith Lee, Executive Director of the West Big Data Innovation Hub
  • Saul Perlmutter, Professor, Director of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, and Nobel Laureate in Physics

11am Project Idea Pop-Ups & Team Formation

MC: David Mongeau, Executive Director of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science

  • Laurel Larsen, Associate Professor of Earth Systems Science, UC Berkeley
  • Greg Gearheart, Deputy Director, Office of Information Management and Analysis, California State Water Resources Control Board
  • Rafael Maestu, Chief Data Scientist, California State Water Resources Control Board
  • Angelica Quirarte, Assistant Secretary for Digital Engagement, California Government Operations Agency
  • Zexuan Xu, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Berkeley Institute of Data Science
  • Matt Correa, California Department of Water Resources
  • and more! Check your inboxes for the Call for Pop-Ups!

12pm Reflections: Lessons Learned & Tips from Former Hackathon Participants and Data Science Leaders

  • Philip Denny, Director, Big Ideas Contest, Blum Center for Developing Economies
  • Anthony Suen, Director of Programs, Division of Data Sciences at UC Berkeley
  • Keeley Takimoto Division of Data Sciences and DLab at UC Berkeley

12:30pm Lunch & Team Sprints. Optional video capture of team stories/progress.

2:30pm Coffee available

4pm Preparing 'Living Posters'

5pm Dinner & Poster/Project Prototype Sharing

7pm Conclusion of Day 1


Saturday Sept 15

10am Fireside Chat: Tom Kalil, Chief Innovation Officer of Schmidt Futures; David Culler, Dean of the UC Berkeley Division of Data Sciences; Meredith Lee, Executive Director of the West Big Data Innovation Hub

10:40am Teamwork Sprints

12pm Lunch

1pm More Teamwork Sprints

4pm Final Presentations & Voting for People's Choice Hackathon Award

5pm+ All teams are encouraged to continue developing their work to submit by Oct 1 at for overall Challenge Awards and Prizes!


The event is open to the public.

Hackathon Sponsors


People's Choice

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Anthony Suen [Proxy]

Anthony Suen [Proxy]

Judging Criteria

  • Uniqueness
  • Scalability

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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