The Challenge, created by Governor O'Malley and DataBay partners, invites programmers, scientists and other "civic hackers" to create data-driven applications that increase public engagement and aid in Chesapeake Bay restoration.
Over one weekend, the Challenge will bring participants together with prominent environmental "futurists" who will describe some of the Chesapeake Bay's challenges and needs. These futurists will provide guidance, inspiration and knowledge to participants. In addition, environmental scientists from SERC and the EPA will be on hand throughout the weekend to offer their expertise.
Participants will have access to a broad variety of robust data about the Chesapeake Bay, including decades of water samples from hundreds of locations describing everything from what fish to eat, to where to swim safely and what water bodies are under pollution restrictions.
Harnessing the power of new technologies, open data and innovation has the potential to reverse hundreds of years of Chesapeake Bay decline by fostering an unprecedented strengthening of public engagement and interest in restoring the Bay.