FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Governor Martin O’Malley and partners to award Governor’s Cup for DataBay Hackathon Challenge
Four finalist teams will compete for the chance to win a $4,000 cash prize
ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 25, 2014) — An app that makes citizens aware of the actions they can take to reclaim the Chesapeake Bay; another that rewards users with incentives for their contributions to Chesapeake Bay restoration; applications using maps and crowdsourcing to bring better information to citizens, researchers, scientists and government – only one will be chosen as the winner of the first DataBay “Reclaim the Bay” Innovation Challenge. Four teams: MyBay, Bay Bucks, ChesaPeaks and EcoSleuth will present their ideas to Governor O’Malley and a panel of entrepreneurs and environmental scientists. The team whose application is chosen will win a $4,000 prize.
The DataBay “Reclaim the Bay” Innovation Challenge brought together scientists, programmers, techies and other civic hackers to create data-driven applications that increase public engagement and aid in Chesapeake Bay restoration. The Challenge, created by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and DataBay partners, kicked off earlier this month and featured prominent environmental futurists who explained the Chesapeake Bay’s challenges and needs.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley
Jana Davis, Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Trust
Alison Prost, Maryland Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Asher Epstein, COO, Access Health Group
Guy Filippelli, CEO, Red Owl Analytics
Vince Talbert, Board Chair, Network for Good
Team Finalist MyBay
Team Finalist Bay Bucks
Team Finalist ChesaPeaks
Team Finalist EcoSleuth
WHEN: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6 p.m. (By invitation only. Press: please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org)
WHERE: Maryland State House, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
WHY: 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.
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