In partnership with the LinkedIn Foundation and Code for America, Imagine H2O hosted a water data hackathon seeking data solutions to the California Drought. The event coincided with Code for America's 2015 National Day of Civic Hacking held in San Francisco. Water Hackathon judges included California Public Utilities Commissioner, Catherine Sandoval and WaterSmart Software CEO Robin Gilthorpe.
California Water Dashboard, the winner, created a real-time data visualization tool representing the State's water resources. The winning team (pictured), led by David Kroodsma, scraped daily data from 45 different individual reservoir websites and calculated daily data on snowpack for the past 11 years from SNODAS model, by the National Snow and Ice Data Center. After winning the Imagine H2O Water Hackathon, Kroodsma published the work with colleagues at Stanford University.
Other competing teams focused on business models leveraging available data to drive consumer behavior and locate aging infrastructure.