H2O Hackathon

Dates: May 4 2024 8:00AM - May 4 2024 4:00PM

Location: San Joaquin County Office of Education (Wentworth Education Center)

Registration is now open for the Seventh Annual H2O Hackathon, a community-supported event that taps into the technological, multimedia, and problem-solving skills of local students to help find solutions to the state's water issues.  Teams compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes, including the CalWater Golden Spigot grand prize. A panel of water experts and community leaders will judge contestant entries. The competition receives support from business, regional water districts, and educational institutions.

 This year's challenge calls on students to “Hack the Flood," targeting an issue that periodically causes damaging impacts across San Joaquin County. The heavy storms of early 2023 caused localized flooding, downed powerlines, raised water tables that flowed into basements, and stressed the levee system protecting the county from catastrophic floods.

 The H2O Hackathon is open to high school and college students competing in two separate divisions in a daylong competition on May 4, 2024, at the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE). Individuals and teams may register now at

Students in both divisions may compete in either the app-building contest or the multimedia competition.

Coders in the app-building contest will use the App Lab or any other coding platform to solve the challenge outlined on the day of the event. In the multimedia challenge, students will develop a strategy to market the winning app or raise awareness to the challenge presented using at least two forms of media, such as videos, podcasts, graphic design, and social media to create an engaging messaging campaign. 

Tony Mannor

(209) 468-9176

Posted: 3/25/2024 9:05:28 AM