H2O Hackathon Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winning teams and all the competitors that took part in the Fifth Annual H2O Hackathon on Apr. 17.


Video of the Fifth-Annual H2O Hackathon Awards Ceremony, including team presentations of winning apps, is available online at

Middle School:

  • Cal Water Golden Spigot Award ($5,000): Dream Team, STEAM Academy at River Islands (River Islands Academies), Banta Elementary School District Second Place ($1,000): Hack Overflow, Sebastian Questa Elementary School, Lammersville Unified School District
  • Third Place ($500): Lodi Middle 5th, Lodi Middle School, Lodi Unified School District

High School:

  • Cal Water Golden Spigot Award ($5,000): Wolfhack Tau, Merrill F. West High School, Tracy Unified School District
  • Second Place ($1,000): TitanHackz, Cesar Chavez High School, Stockton Unified School District
  • Third Place ($500): Wolfhack Alpha, Merrill F. West High School, Tracy Unified School District


  • Cal Water Golden Spigot Award ($5,000): Random Access Memories, San Joaquin Delta College
  • Second Place ($1,000): HackitWithBrackets, San Joaquin Delta College
  • Third Place ($500): We Don't Byte, San Joaquin Delta College


Additionally, team "#1 M" from Mountain House High School (Lammersville Unified School District) received the Mousalimas Innovation Award, along with a cash prize of $200. The new award will be awarded at future Hackathons and is named for San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools James Mousalimas.

 35 teams of competitors in middle school, high school, and college divisions had six hours to build an application that could help protect waterways from harmful algal blooms. At the end of the day, one team from each division was named the winner and received the $5,000 Cal Water Golden Spigot Award. The goal of the annual event is to challenge students to develop solutions for California’s water issues and experience the real-world applications of science, engineering, and other skills they are learning in school.

"Students taking part in the H2O Hackathon are learning computer coding, collaboration, and other skills that will help prepare them for the jobs of today and tomorrow," SJCOE Associate Superintendent of Student Programs and Services Troy Brown said. "Not only are students preparing themselves for their own futures, but they are also focusing their passion and innovation on protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, which is so important to the future of San Joaquin County and the entire state of California."

The H2O Hackathon is a community-supported event that taps into the technological and problem-solving skills of San Joaquin County students to help find solutions to the state's water issues.

The H2O Hackathon is supported financially by partners from educational agencies, municipalities, community organizations, and the business community. These are California Water Service (CalWater), San Joaquin County, the Port of Stockton, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, Collins Electric, Stockton East Water District, Grassland Fund, SJC WorkNet, and the cities of Stockton, Tracy, and Lathrop. The event is organized by the SJCOE’s CodeStack department in partnership with iHub San Joaquin, A.G. Spanos Companies, the City of Manteca, the San Francisco Estuary Institute, the State Water Resources Control Board, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, Restore the Delta, the San Joaquin Partnership, BOSS Business Systems, Café Coop, University of the Pacific, San Joaquin Delta College, and the Stockton Unified School District.

Posted: 4/27/2021