California Water Data Challenge Summit + Awards Ceremony 2019

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Tsakopolous Library Galleria

828 I St

Sacramento, CA 95814

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Join us in person or via livestream on Wednesday October 16, to celebrate and recognize the efforts of the 2019 California Water Data Challenge participants!

Throughout the summer, teams and individuals have worked to develop resources and tools -- to help assess what we know and prepare for a more resilient future.

Join us to connect with the project innovators, engage in community discussion, share insights, announce commitments, and be part of the awards voting in Sacramento!


10:30am Registration + Networking

11:00am Welcome

Debbie Franco, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

Christina McCready, California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

Mike Myatt, Water Foundation

Meredith Lee, West Big Data Innovation Hub and UC Berkeley

11:30am Lightning Project Previews

12:00pm Lunch + Project Viewing + Voting

*note: lunch will not be livestreamed

1:30pm Updates + Commitments from Collaborators

Sandy Close, Founder, Ethnic Media Services

Joone Lopez, General Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District

Andy Cho, Student, UC Berkeley Division of Data Science & Information

Indrani Pal, Research Assistant Professor, NOAA Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies

Scott Coffin, Research Scientist, State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water

2pm Keynote Presentation + Fireside Chat:

Pamela Ren Larson, MPP, Data Reporter - Bias & Diversity for The Arizona Republic and

Alicia Johnson, MPA, Director - Office of Emergency Management, UC Berkeley

3pm Award Announcements

4pm Closing Remarks, including a message from the Honorable France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation

At ~5pm, members of the Challenge organizing team will gather for a social hour nearby in downtown Sacramento. Details will be shared with the registrants and slack channel.

Special Thanks to the Water Foundation & Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation / Environment Now for sponsoring this event, and to the California Water Service for providing $12,000 directly to our award recipients!

California Water Service

Join the conversation on social media with #CAWaterDataChallenge and find details at

Please note that by registering and joining the public space, your photograph, video, or audio recordings may appear in the livestream content and media related to the event.


Amtrak - Sacramento Valley Station (SAC) at 401 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814 is about 4 blocks from the venue.

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