Introducing: WaterHackWeek 2019

Introducing: WaterHackWeek 2019

The University of Washington Freshwater Initiative and eScience Institute are proud to present the 1st annual WaterHackWeek!

What is WaterHackWeek?

WaterHackWeek is a 5-day collaborative workshop event to be held at the University of Washington in conjunction with the eScience Institute from March 23-31, 2019. Participants will learn about open source technology, models, and data for conducting state-of- the-art freshwater research. Mornings will consist of interactive lectures, and afternoon sessions will involve facilitated exploration of datasets and hands-on software development.

What is a HackWeek?

The hackweek model has emerged within the data science community as a powerful tool for fostering exchange of ideas in research and computation by providing training in modern data analysis workflows. In contrast to conventional academic conferences or workshops, hackweeks are intensive and interactive, facilitated by three core components: tutorials on state-of-the-art methodology, peer-learning, and on-site project work in a collaborative environment. This setup is particularly powerful for sciences that require not only domain-specific knowledge, but also effective computational workflows to foster rapid exchange of ideas and make discovery, as has been shown by the success of the previous geohackweeks. This is an excellent match with the nature of freshwater research where issues are large and complex and the community is diverse and collaborative.

Information for Participants

To best benefit from the program, participants are expected to have some experience with programming in Python and with analysis of freshwater data. Successful applicants will pay a $75 registration fee and be expected to cover lodging and travel expenses. Financial support may be available based on need.

Applications for participation will open October 1, 2018 and close on November 15, 2018. 

Additionally, participants are highly encouraged to participate in Water Data Science Cybertraining Webinars, hosted by CUAHSI, in early 2019. During weekly, hour-long webinars, participants will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with content likely to relevant to WaterHackWeek tutorials. More information about these tutorials will be available in late 2018.

Proposed Topics and Tutorials
  • Accessing and formatting data
  • Data and model archiving in collaborative research
  • Leveraging community water data services, data encodings, and access libraries
  • Publication of reproducible models: Landlab + HydroShare
  • Data visualization tools and methods
  • Introduce and share analysis tools (e.g. remote sensing, machine learning, working with climate data, etc)
For More Information

For more information about the event, please visit the WaterHackWeek website or contact waterhack@uw.edu.  Applications to participate will open October 1, 2018.