San Francisco, August 15-16, 2015

The Water Innovation Project is excited to power the 2015 Water/Energy Nexus Hackathon! Beginning August 15, 2015 in San Francisco, the Hackathon will bridge a gap between technology, water and energy – allowing students, professionals and technology enthusiasts the opportunity to showcase their talents and innovation over a 36 hour period. The hackathon is not about breaking into systems but is more akin to a live science fair, focused on leveraging data to help us better understand the dynamics of the water/energy nexus, using the latest software available!

The Hackathon will consist of a development track, workshops, demos, great swag, awesome prizes and delicious food! The goal of this event is to encourage innovation within the water and energy sectors.

Keynote Sponsor

With Datasets from

*EPA does not endorse any commercial product, service, or enterprise

Over $5,000 in prizes and giveaways (everyone gets a Swag Bag + Raffles every few hours)

Resource Guests to provide expert assistance.

Did we mention Food Trucks? Yea, we have those.




9:00 AM – Doors Open / Registration / Breakfast

9:30 AM – Welcome / Overviews

10:00 AM – Team Pitches

10:30 AM – Start Hacking!!

12:00 PM – Lunch

6:00 PM – Dinner

7:30 PM – Doors Close (Can keep hacking, just not here.)


8:30AM – Doors Open / Breakfast

12:00 PM – Lunch

3:00 PM Hackathon Ends

3:15 PM – Demos Begin

4:30 PM – Judging

5:00 PM – Winners Announced / Reception

7:00 PM – Doors Close

  1. Drought – Use different data layers to create an analytic tool that helps water utilities plan and make informed decision about drought concerns/issues. Use interactive visuals with geo-spatial information. Issue a warning or send out advisory information on water conservation to communities that these water utilities serve. Tie in with demographic/population to visual # of effected population.(View EPA problem and related datasets HERE)
  2. Impact of Agriculture on Water Use– Develop tool to deliver info of agriculture activities to help industry optimize water use and create low impact, and adhere to water conservation standards. e.g. Methodology for improving agricultural water use processes through monitoring of the irrigation processes, optimize use of non-potable water, etc. (View EPA problem and related datasets HERE)
  3. Water Availability – Populate a water availability index based on population, surface and groundwater availability, reservoir levels, including rates of change etc;
  4. Household Use – Take building department records with tax parcel ID records and census/ACS data to remotely identify the configuration of a residence – number of toilets, bedrooms, kitchens etc. and visually show how much water that home should use
  5. Water/Energy Home Use – Develop a visual tool to help homeowners understand how much water can be saved by enacting water saving devices, changing irrigation etc, and link that to the embedded energy in the water used/saved. (CPUC Water Energy Nexus Calculator – http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/Energy+Efficiency/Water-Energy+Nexus+Programs.htm)
  6. Water Footprint. People do not understand how their grocery/dietary needs impact water and energy use (water/energy footprint.) Quantify water and energy used to produce products that grocery stores, restaurants, etc can use to help customers understand how much water and energy is used in the production of their groceries (ie. On the grocery receipt.)
  7. Where is the water/energy going? Develop a visualization tool to show how much water is in California, where it is at, and how/where it is being used and the amount of energy required to transport it.
  8. Policy. Develop a tool to show the progress of policy impacts on water and energy use in California over time.

California American Water Monterey Data – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iwcjlnle1f4x6ky/AAB1j5QKNsbVKaBauo2JVZq6a?dl=0

EPA SPONSORED DATA  – http://developer.epa.gov/tag/water_energy_nexus/

USGS groundwater datasets, NASA GRACE and NLDAS datasets

US Drought Monitor Datasets

Water Restriction data: State websites describing how water restrictions have been applied

CPUC Water Energy Nexus Calculator

ESRI Datasets

ESPublic / Open Content

  1. USA Rivers and Streams
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=0baca6c9ffd6499fb8e5fad50174c4e0
  2. World Topographic Map
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=30e5fe3149c34df1ba922e6f5bbf808f
  3. World Light Gray Thematic Base Map
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=ed712cb1db3e4bae9e85329040fb9a49
  4. USA Water Bodies
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=9dff3cf646704abd9e74265f02abeb09
  5. USA Permitted Pollutant Discharge Permits
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=b0f683b5543d406697e0d82b414b3ddf
  6. Vegetative Change Index Library Web Services (Time Enabled)
    1. http://imagery.arcgisonline.com/arcgis/rest/services/LandsatGLSChange

Subscription Content

  1. USA Soils Water Table Depth REST Service
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=8739f213277943e390aa2111b95ab72a
  2. USA Surface Water Map
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=33509270162844e5ac323a5857c4fa2f
  3. National Wetland Inventory
    1. http://a4w.maps.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=67b41e0ab51c4272a60852501705bb93
  4. World Terrain – Slope, Aspect, and Hillshade Map
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=58a541efc59545e6b7137f961d7de883
  5. World Distance To Water
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=46cbfa5ac94743e4933b6896f1dcecfd
  6. USA Polluted Water Bodies
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=dfc9008829a6487db7e3050045c163fe
  7. USA Average Spending Water And Waste Water Service
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=cbfb8833218b4ab48d0d3410bc657260
  8. USA Evapotranspiration
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=b2c1dfa34975488ca880fe6987ab3d03
  9. USA Drought Intensity 2000 – Present (Time Enabled)
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=0c3d6a407c7e48f991821c1cfea0c8fa
  10. USA Soil Loss Tolerance Factors (USDA / NRCS)
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=ef1e2d7ba93940b58c4f8e8d9b6514d0
  11. World Landscape Library – Directory of 100s of Web Services
    1. http://www.arcgis.com/home/group.html?owner=esri&title=Landscape%20Layers
  12. Demographics Library – Directory of 1000s of Demographic Web Services
    1. http://doc.arcgis.com/en/esri-demographics/

Best Overall Problem Hack – $750 + Gear + Trophy + Bragging Rights

Audience Choice  Award – $500 + Cool Gear

Free Style Award – $500 + Cool Gear


Resource guests will be on hand to assist all teams in areas such as conservation, economics, technology and market overview. The resources guests currently include:

Karen Kun, CEO/Founder – Waterluntion

McGee Young – CEO – MeterHero

Christine Boyle – CEO – Valor Water

Nat Balakathiresan – Enterprise Architect – American Water

Austin McGee – CEO/Co-Founder – WellDone Technology

Andrew Yuen (Remote)  – EPA

Lucas Patzek – Program Director – Ag Innovations

Conservation Manager

Technology Leader