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Due to the progression of COVID-19 and increased caution around mitigating the spread of the virus, we will be cancelling our April event. We hope to host this hackathon at a later date when it is safer to have large public gatherings. Thank you for your understanding, and please stay tuned.

As part of Booz Allen’s Earth Day 2020 celebration, Booz Allen Hamilton’s 901 Green Office Team and Women in Data Science are partnering with the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative to host Hack the Bay, a series of data-focused events. We invite data scientists, developers, designers, problem solvers, and storytellers to explore CMC’s data and create solutions to address some of their core challenges. By exploring the CMC database and its intersection with other geospatial, temporal, environmental, and demographic data, we hope to add context to water quality and benthic macroinvertebrate measurements that might further empower decision-making and inspire action.

In order to encourage participation and promote inclusivity, this will be a half-day event in which you and your team can choose to tackle the challenge most aligned with your interests and skillsets.



Teams will consist of 4 – 5 people.

The teams are based on the 4 challenge questions below. Choose the "ticket" corresponding to the challenge you or your team will complete. We ask that you sign up for exactly one challenge.

If you are registering as a team, please sign your team up in the same row (e.g. A, B, C, D....).

If you are registering as an individual, please sign up in the last row, and work your way forward. Please fill all empty seats in a row.



Please select only one of the following:

Challenge 1: Developing a Restoration Case Study (Time Series / Visualization challenge)

Develop a case study of an area with sufficient historic/time series data and investigate possible water quality changes over time. Identify what environmental factors/practices may have influenced those changes.

Challenge 2: Identifying Data Gaps (GIS / Mapping challenge)

Most of the vast Chesapeake Bay tributary system is either unmeasured or measured sporadically. As monitoring the entire watershed system is not feasible, identify where and how to prioritize monitoring efforts. 

Challenge 3: Modeling Water Pollution (Machine Learning / Deep Learning challenge)

The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative is currently able to link water quality indicators to types of pollution in the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Expand existing models to calculate tributary-specific pollution levels and coordinates of pollution sources.

Challenge 4: Designing a Water Quality Report Card (Design/Web Dev challenge)

Strategize how to creatively present water quality data and connect it back to the community in order to justify regulatory action and heighten human understanding of the environmental, public health, and economic consequences of our actions.



Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This event is strictly 18+. All we require is that you bring a valid form of government identification that matches the name used to register. If you have extenuating circumstances preventing this, please contact the event organizers.

Is this event free to attend?

Yes. This event is completely free to attend.

Are there any travel reimbursements or sponsorships available?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any form of travel reimbursement or sponsorship. You are responsible for your own travel to the Hackathon.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The event is located one block from McPherson Square metro and next to bus lines. Street parking is also available but may be limited. 

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring a laptop, any charging cables you may need (don't forget your laptop and phone chargers!), comfortable clothes, and any additional snacks/drinks you'd like to have. 

What items are prohibited at the event?

The following items are prohibited from this event: alcohol, weapons, and offensive/political clothing. Additionally, smoking and use of tobacco products within the building is prohibited, but there are designated areas outside. While drones are cool, please do not fly them around our building. Also — bad attitudes not allowed!

I don't know how to code! Can I still compete?

Yes! This Hackathon is meant to be an inclusive, safe, and most importantly FUN learning environment. Challenge 4 is our least code-intensive track; however, if you're up for the challenge, we encourage you to sign up for whichever track you are most interested in.

Can I prepare anything in advance for the event?

We encourage you and your team members to brainstorm your idea before the event by, for example, making mockups or exploring and cleaning your data. However, no coding or development work can begin until the event officially kicks off.

Do teams have to use any particular language or framework to compete in the Hackathon?

No. Teams are encouraged to use whatever technologies they are most comfortable with or, if they want a challenge, something they may not have worked with before. The goal is to have fun and build a better tomorrow.

What if I don't have a team? 

Register for your chosen challenge and we will place you in a team with other participants that complement your skillsets as best we can.

What if my team is bigger than 5? 

Please break down your group into a multiple of 4 or 5. 

Will there be food?

Yes. A light breakfast, a full lunch, coffee, and snacks will be provided. 

Who retains the rights to the code, intellectual capital or implementations that my team develops?

Any code, intellectual capital or implementations developed during the Hackathon will be released Open Source. We plan to utilize the MIT license (

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? 

Please contact Erin Hansen at for questions regarding the event.

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