Create data-driven applications to help the Chesapeake Bay
** Congratuations to Team BayBucks on winning the Governor's Cup! **
Teams created data-driven applications to increase public engagement and aid in Chesapeake Bay restoration at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD.
DataBay, created by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and DataBay partners, invited programmers, environmental scientists and other civic hackers, who were interested in helping the Chesapeake Bay to participate. Over the weekend, teams worked on their ideas, culminating with presentations and awards.
Team finalists presented their ideas to Governor O’Malley and a panel of entrepreneurs, investors and environmental scientists at the State House. The best team won the Governor’s Cup and an additional $4000 cash prize.
Challenges + Data Resources
Challenges were posted by our partners and sample Chesapeake Bay datasets and resources served as further inspiration. Environmental and technical consultants were available to help the teams throughout the event.
What To Do
- Register for hackathon.
- Form a team.
Use this site to help you connect to others looking for teammates or we will help you find a team at the event.
- Think of an idea to work on and find some data to use.
Think of your own idea -or- get inspired by one of our challenges.
- Submit your idea and present it to the judges.
More specific guidelines and deadlines will be given at the event.
$8,000 in prizes
Team Finalist (4)
Up to 4 teams will be awarded $1000 per team. Team finalists will compete for the "Governor's Cup."
Grand prize awarded to best team finalist on August 27
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Programmers, scientists, and other "civic hackers" were all invited. We encouraged individuals to team-up. Teams could have an unlimited number of members. If individuals didn't already have a team, we helped them find one at the event.
Submissions were for data-driven applications to help the Chesapeake Bay. Submissions could range from working software prototypes to polished mockup presentations. Refer to the judging criteria for how submissions were judged.
How to enter
For more information, go to databay.splashthat.com.
Don Boesch (Aug 3)
President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
David Costello (Aug 3)
Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
George Coulbourne (Aug 3)
Executive Program Officer, Library of Congress
Pat Megonigal (Aug 3)
Deputy Director, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Jana Davis (Aug 27)
Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Trust
Asher Epstein (Aug 27)
COO, Access Health Group
Guy Filippelli (Aug 27)
CEO, Red Owl Analytics
Alison Prost (Aug 27)
Maryland Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Vince Talbert (Aug 27)
Board Chair, Network for Good
How much the idea will help the Chesapeake Bay
Originality and creativity of the idea and how the data is used
Whether it is realistic to implement and sustain the idea