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MEDIA ADVISORY for Friday, October 9, 2015  

CONTACT:
Katherine Miller, Chair, San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, (209) 468-3113
Esperanza Vielma, Café Coop, (323) 695-9507 
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, (209) 479-2053
H2O Hackathon in Stockton
Prizes for Best California Water Sustainability Hacks

What: H2O Hackathon – A Water Challenge

Where: Robert J. Cabral Ag Center – 2101 Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA.

When: Friday, October 9, 2015: doors open for registered participants at 7 a.m.; teams work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; judging of apps and programs 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.; awards 6:30 p.m.

Photo Op: Already, 180 Hackers — university students, graduate students, engineers, and other professionals — have signed up for the event. In addition, 30 high school students will be participating in a parallel IBM-sponsored “Learn-A-Thon” using the IBM Bluemix cloud development platform giving students the chance to work with professional programmers and engineers.

The Problem
Severe drought means we have to take action about how we use water now and in the future.

The Challenge
Gather geniuses to help solve the water crisis with new technologies to eliminate wasted water. Create water saving ideas through technology for home, workplace, garden, landscaping, agriculture and industry.

The Event
The H20 Hackathon will bring together a creative community of programmers and problem-solvers to address California statewide drought problems. This free event in Stockton, aims to stimulate innovations in water technology and policies that will help solve water management challenges in both the urban and agricultural sectors through new applications and systems. Representatives from Google, IBM and other leading technology organizations will be attending the event.

Participants must register in advance: www.H2Ohackathon.org

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning solutions, selected by an expert panel of judges. The Cal Water Golden Spigot Award will be presented to the best technical solution. Additionally, top cash awards of $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 will also be awarded to the best solutions across all categories. Every participant will receive a swag bag valued at $50.

The H20 Hackathon – A Water Challenge was conceived by the San Joaquin iHub, San Joaquin County entrepreneurs, business leaders, government officials, and environmental leaders who saw a need for the development of new water technology in order to contend with the impacts of severe drought.

“We are very excited about the new partnership between iHub San Joaquin, UOP and Delta College. Their sponsorship of the H20 Hackathon helps to expand awareness of the Hackathon at our college campuses and we anticipate will assist in recruiting a larger student constituency to participate,” said David Nelson, Chairman, iHub San Joaquin.

“The answers to our water management challenges are out there and what better place to work on it than in the Delta. This is a statewide effort and drawing from water hackathons in LA we are excited to see the solutions for the 21st century,” said Conner Everts of the Environmental Water Caucus.

University of the Pacific President Pamela Eibeck said, “As California struggles with this historic drought, it is important that educational institutions in the State do their part in preparing students – our future leaders – to be part of the water solution. The H20 Hackathon is an extraordinary opportunity in rethinking how we use water in California, and I am eager to hear unique ideas from students on how to accomplish that goal.”

“We are very excited about the new partnership between iHub San Joaquin, UOP and Delta College. Their sponsorship of the H20 Hackathon helps to expand awareness of the Hackathon at our college campuses and we anticipate will assist in recruiting a larger student constituency to participate,” said David Nelson, Chairman, iHub San Joaquin.

“We are thrilled that some of the hacks most needed in this era of drought will come from Stockton, in the San Francisco Bay-Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas, a special place worth protecting,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, a hackathon co-sponsor.

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