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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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The Record: Hackathon to be in fall

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT
Hackathon to be in fall
Stockton event for problem solvers

By Wes Bowers
Record Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 21, 2015 at 4:54 PM

STOCKTON — A two-day conference aimed at solving the state’s water challenges has been rescheduled for the fall and for only one day.

Innovation Hub San Joaquin’s H20 Hackathon, originally planned to occur in March, is now taking place Oct. 9 at the Robert Cabral AG Center, Stockton.

San Joaquin Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Kathy Miller said the event was postponed because many universities invited to the hackathon had little time to prepare between the February announcement and the original March 27 date.

“We decided to postpone the event, because in talking to various schools and universities, they couldn’t get it together that fast,” Miller said. “So we decided to let them use the spring semester to get their students together and prepare for a fall date.

The hackathon was originally a two-day event, with the first day to occur at the Cabral Center, and the second day to be at the Hilton Stockton.

Students from University of the Pacific, San Joaquin Delta College, Stanford University, University of California, Davis, and Mills College with skills or interests in programming, engineering and software development will participate in the daylong competition to create apps or programs that could solve water challenges.

Continue reading the article at The Record.

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CONTACT:
Katherine Miller
Chair, San Joaquin County
Board of Supervisors
(209) 468-3113

CONTACT:
Esperanza Vielma
Café Coop
Phone: (209) 645-0692

CONTACT:
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla
Restore the Delta
Phone: (209) 479-2053

University of the Pacific and Delta College Join iHub San Joaquin in Sponsoring the Inaugural H20 Hackathon – A Water Challenge
Event to Spur Innovative Drought Solutions

(STOCKTON, CA) – Today, iHub San Joaquin announced their formal partnership with the University of the Pacific (UOP) and San Joaquin Delta College in sponsoring the first “H2O Hackathon – A Water Challenge”.

“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 H20 Hackathon is an event in which a creative community of programmers and problem-solvers come together and make amazing projects to help solve California statewide drought problems. The free event, which will be held on October 9, 2015 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 also be attending the event.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning solutions, selected by an expert panel of judges. The Golden Spigot Cash Prize will be awarded 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.

Remarking on UOP’s sponsorship of the H20 Hackathon, President Pamela Eibeck referred to the University’s own water conservation efforts and expressed the need for innovative solutions, “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.”

UOP and Delta College offer rigorous training programs to students interested in studying urban and agricultural water use and expect to see a number of valuable outcomes as a result of the event. “California’s severe drought conditions require special emphasis on resourceful use of water by local governments, water agencies, agriculture, and residents. The H20 Hackathon will be a prime venue for all students to showcase their skills to create efficient water use applications and technologies. We are pleased to be involved in such an important endeavor,” said Delta College President Kathy Hart, PhD.

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. The event will bring together start-ups, programmers, engineers, undergraduate and graduate students in related disciplines, farmers, urban water agency officials, business leaders, government officials, and environmentalists to solve on-the-ground challenges for using water in urban and agricultural applications as efficiently as possible.

Kathy Miller, Chair of the Board of Supervisors and a member of the team organizing the hackathon, remarked on the significance of the event, “The H20 Hackathon could be a real game-changer not only for the future of drought in the State, but also for the participating students who could constructively affect the way California handles statewide drought conditions. We are anticipating some truly ground-breaking results.”

The H2O Hackathon will be held October 9, 2015 at the Robert J. Cabral Ag Center – 2101 Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA.
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