Water/Energy Nexus Hackathon Invites Exploration of Technology for Conservation During Worst Drought in 100 Years
August event, in conjunction with the Smart H2O Summit in San Francisco and California American Water, will focus on using innovative ways to leverage & improve existing technologies to reduce water and energy use.
June 12, 2015 – (SAN FRANCISCO) – The 2015 Water/Energy Nexus Hackathon is coming in August, and the state of California should take notice. By combining water and energy technologies, the two-day event will allow students, professionals and enthusiasts to experiment, improve and unveil new methods to help us manage, interact and understand the growing relationship between water and energy, which is ever more critical given the current drought situation.
“The intersection between water and energy is crucial today, especially when we need to discover new ways to conserve water and energy,” said Robert MacLean, President of California American Water, the keynote sponsor of the hackathon. “Events like these can highlight how smart technologies and intelligent water grids can be enhanced even further if we take different approaches to accomplishing the same task.”
“There is no better time to hold this event,” said Christopher Peacock, founder of H2.O and The Water Innovation Project, the event’s curator. “Considering how critical it is for state officials, business owners and citizens to find resilient solutions to deal with our drought driven paradigm, this two-day event can unveil new ways of thinking about how we interact with technology.”
By using certain tricks and tweaks with technologies – also dubbed as “hacks” – plenty of enthusiasts try different ideas that may unveil a better way of using that particular technology. The concept may seem designed for giant laboratories or wealthy think tanks, but there are plenty of modern-day solutions that have been inspired by (or even created at) events like hackathons.
Hackathons have seen new technologies and software become widely accepted in many households or businesses, typically as smaller start-up ventures are acquired by well-known corporations. This event, to be held at General Assembly in San Francisco, is expected to attract company leaders and entrepreneurs who are looking to take advantage of an open marketplace that’s in desperate need of solutions. Both Peacock and MacLean agree that a hackathon could generate multiple out-of-the-box ideas that could be extremely valuable for the water sector as well as the start-up groups that create the concepts.
“A few projects may start as a gimmick or on a whim, but industry leaders have commercialized some innovative concepts that grew from events like the Water/Energy Nexus Hackathon,” said Peacock. “This is the perfect time for entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts to collaborate in the water sector because the market is finally ready and able to adopt new technologies in light of our current climate conditions.”
For more information about the 2015 Water/Energy Nexus Hackathon, sponsored by California American Water, please visit http://www.waterinnovationproject.com/hackathon-2/.
About The Water Innovation Project, LLC
The Water Innovation Project is a leadership hub and idea accelerator with a mission to transform the way we value water through innovation and collaboration. We work with water technology firms, current and future leaders in the water industry and develop our own projects. Learn more about The Water Innovation Project at www.waterinnovationproject.com.
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About California American Water
California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 600,000 people.
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states, and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.