White House CEQ & the State of CA present: the 2016 CA Water Data Challenge
In partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the State of California (acting through the State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Water Resources, Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Government Operations Agency and the California Department of Technology) is planning a Water Data Challenge to leverage information technology and available water information to support decisions around California water reliability and sustainability of resources. The challenge envisions entries to be in the form of apps, visualizations, and other tools that can help better harness data that is currently available to address issues related to California’s on-going drought. One of the aims of this event is to create products that demonstrate the use of data beyond what is currently being done.
The challenge is built on a framework for addressing our nation's water issues a framework made up of the White House's goals for drought, described in detail in the White House's March 2016 Federal Action Plan of the National Drought Resilience Partnership, and the Governor’s California Water Action Plan.
The California Water Data Challenge is open to anyone (individual, team of individuals, corporations or agencies) who is at least 18 years of age (unless a non-leader member of a team of individuals) and agrees to the Terms and Conditions of the Contest, regardless of location, nationality, employment status, or any other factor. Participants can begin working at any time, and submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. PT on December 5th. We'll also be hosting a virtual check-in meeting with participants on November 10th to answer questions and exchange ideas, with an in-person meeting site available for participants in the Sacramento, CA region.
A closing event on December 9 (time and location TBA) will feature presentation of the entries and recognition of the winners, who will be chosen by a panel of water and data experts. Participants will be asked to give a brief (5-10 minute) demo or presentation of their entry at the closing event, either in-person or remotely via webconference.
Additional information, including a more detailed set of challenge questions, a list of suggested datasets, rules and judging criteria, location and time of associated events, and much more can be found on the event’s website, at http://waterchallenge.data.ca.gov/, and any additional questions can be addressed to email@example.com.
A complete statement of the Terms and Conditions for the California Water Data Challenge is available on the event's website.
Use the "Participant" ticket if you intend to submit an entry to the California Water Data Challenge and you (or, if you're part of a team, at least one of your team members) will participate in the closing event on December 9, either in remotely or in person (participants will be asked to give a brief presentation or demo of their submission at this event). If you plan to participate as part of a team, each team member should register individually and enter the name of the team or team leader in the registration form.
Use the "Attendee" (either remote or in-person) ticket if you would like to attend the closing event (entry presentations and judging) on December 9, but DO NOT intend to submit an entry to the CA Water Data Challenge.