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California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge 2018: Summit & Awards Ceremony

October 18, 2018

Read about the projects and results:

4 months, 25+ machine-readable datasets, 15 events, $12,000 in ‘big checks’, and 20+ open data projects

These are (some!) of the numbers, but they don’t tell the entire story of the California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge — and the immeasurable energy, enthusiasm, interest, collaboration, momentum, and as one organizer put it, “heart” that resulted from it. The California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge kicked off in June as a collaborative effort to engage the data community in the fight to bring safe, clean and affordable drinking water to every Californian. This confluence of factors from the 2012 Human Right to Water bill, California’s 2016 Open and Transparent Water Data act, the heightened awareness of unsafe water via the crisis in Flint, MI and the proposed Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, led to a recipe for action. The Awards Ceremony and Summit was held on October 18th at the Los Angeles River Center to recognize teams and partners that worked throughout the summer to develop relationships and prototypes addressing safe drinking water. We were joined by Honorable Mike Eng, the author of the Human Right to Water Bill, to speak about his journey of the passage of the law. Challenge participants had the opportunity to showcase their submissions in front of the 80+ attendees to the Summit and hundreds more online.