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Big Earth Water Hackathon, Oct 6-Nov 30

Oct 4 2018

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This autumn, students will have an opportunity to earn credit, MyCardinal points, and prizes by participating in the Big Earth Water Hackathon from October 6-November 30. During this 8-week competition, participants will be challenged to find solutions—software/data, hardware, or policy-related—to planetary water problems.


The Big Earth Water Hackathon is the second in a series of Big Earth Hackathons focused on understanding planetary problems and challenges and finding innovative solutions to them. This cross-campus initiative is sponsored by the Stanford School of Engineering; School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences; and Stanford ICME. In addition to university support, the Hackathon was made possible by generous support from industry sponsor Tencent and a gift from David Wallerstein.

To kick off the water hackathon, many participants attended a ‘water bootcamp’ and workshops on October 6, which included idea-generating sessions and mentor and teammate matchups.  However, those who missed the kickoff can still participate in the Hackathon which continues until November 30.

The first Big Earth Hackathon occurred in April, kicking off Earth Week 2018, with an aim to raise awareness of critical issues and encourage students to find innovative solutions together using big earth data. Students from undergraduate and graduate programs at four Stanford schools, including Engineering, Humanities and Sciences, Medicine, and Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, joined the challenge, resulting in several innovative projects and solutions. Read more about the April 2018 Big Earth Hackathon here.

If you love Planet Earth and want to preserve it for future generations, it's not too late to join the Big Earth Water Hackathon. Become be a part of the solution and participate by signing up here: