Create data-driven applications to help the Chesapeake Bay

** Congratuations to Team BayBucks on winning the Governor's Cup! **

August 1-3

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.

August 27

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

  1. Register for hackathon.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Submit your idea and present it to the judges.
    More specific guidelines and deadlines will be given at the event.

View full rules


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.


No avatar 100

Don Boesch (Aug 3)
President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

No avatar 100

David Costello (Aug 3)
Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment

No avatar 100

George Coulbourne (Aug 3)
Executive Program Officer, Library of Congress

Pat Megonigal (Aug 3)

Pat Megonigal (Aug 3)
Deputy Director, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

No avatar 100

Jana Davis (Aug 27)
Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Trust

No avatar 100

Asher Epstein (Aug 27)
COO, Access Health Group

No avatar 100

Guy Filippelli (Aug 27)
CEO, Red Owl Analytics

No avatar 100

Alison Prost (Aug 27)
Maryland Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

No avatar 100

Vince Talbert (Aug 27)
Board Chair, Network for Good

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    How much the idea will help the Chesapeake Bay
  • Innovation
    Originality and creativity of the idea and how the data is used
  • Feasibility
    Whether it is realistic to implement and sustain the idea