From August 1 – 3, programmers, scientists, and other civic hackers will gather for the Reclaim the Bay Challenge at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).
Created by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and DataBay partners (including Hack Baltimore), the Challenge calls on citizens to create data-driven applications that increase public engagement and aid in Chesapeake Bay restoration. Over the weekend, the Challenge will bring participants together with prominent environmental “futurists” who will describe some of the Chesapeake Bay’s challenges and needs.
In addition, environmental scientists from SERC and the EPA will be on hand to offer their expertise. Participants will have access to a broad variety of data about the Chesapeake Bay, including decades of water samples from hundreds of locations describing everything from what fish eat, to where to swim safely and what water bodies are under pollution restrictions.