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Join the Challenge

If you and/or your employees have data-related skills to offer, please consider joining the challenge as an individual or as a team. Community Members experiencing water issues should join as mentors or community liaisons to guide the design and development of solutions. This is a great opportunity to put company service programs to good use by allocating staff time to engage in the challenge. Sign up for email announcements about the Challenge at http://bit.ly/CAWaterDataChallengeList.

Join the conversation on slack!

You’ll be able to connect with the event organizers, other participants, and get real-time updates


Join CAWaterDataChallenge on Slack


Join our team of media ambassadors to get the latest updates and materials to share with your network. Traditional as well as social media ambassadors are welcome. Join the conversation with #CAWaterDataChallenge.

Call for Commitments

All stakeholders are invited to contribute and collaborate on California Water Data Challenge projects, activities, and initiatives. Select commitments will be highlighted through the duration of the Challenge at our autumn Summit + Awards Ceremony.


What is a commitment?

California Water Data Challenge commitments are new, specific, and measurable actions that will be taken by community stakeholders in support of demonstrating the value of open data — in assessing what we know and preparing for a more resilient future. Examples of commitments can include:

  • Hosting workshops, roundtables, hackathons, and other convenings throughout the summer to build, test, and improve prototype solutions to the Challenge
  • Broadening access to additional data, technology infrastructure, tools, and resources aligned with the Challenge
  • Supporting next steps from the Challenge, whether through local deployment, mentoring of participant teams, seed-funding, or other mechanisms
  • Providing prizes and awards to the diverse data science teams dedicating their time and energy towards the Challenge

Please note that while the focus of the Challenge is California Water Data, commitments from partners and organizations outside of the state are welcome, and collaboration across the region or nation is encouraged. In-kind support, including video production, storytelling, and other skills, are always needed. 

Our organizing team is available to work with you on capturing ideas for commitments and identifying potential partners for shared commitments. Email waterdatachallenge@waterboards.ca.gov with any questions or ideas.


When are commitments due?

The form will remain open for additional commitments throughout the summer in preparation for a #CAWaterDataChallenge Summit.