Waterhackweek

Waterhackweek 2020 will be held at the University of Washington in conjunction with the eScience Institute from March 23-27, 2020. At the 5-day collaborative workshop event, 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?

Coding at a laptopThe 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. 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 $100 registration fee and be expected to cover lodging and travel expenses. Financial support may be available based on need.

Applications for Waterhackweek 2020 are now closed. Apply for Waterhackweek 2021 in fall 2020.

Participants are highly encouraged to participate in Water Data Science Cybertraining Webinars, hosted by CUAHSI, in early 2020. During weekly, hour-long webinars, participants will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with content likely to relevant to Waterhackweek tutorials.

Proposed Topics and Tutorials (Subject to Change)

  • Version control (Git, Github)
  • Hydroshare CUAHSI Hydrologic Information System (JupyterHub CI)
  • Data and model archiving in collaborative research
  • Leveraging community water data services, data encodings, and access libraries (ulmo, WOFpy)
  • Publication of reproducible models (Landlab + HydroShare)
  • Hydrologic Model Construction and Testing of Modeling Hypotheses (SUMMA)
  • Model Optimization, Machine Learning (Spotypy)
  • Cloud big data (Xarray, Dask)
  • Visualization
  • Working with spatial datasets
  • Google Earth Engine

What to Expect from Waterhackweek 2020

  1. Peer-learning collaborations
  2. New skills and tools, including the latest technology and software
  3. Personalized mentorship from professional data scientists
  4. Interdisciplinary applications of data tools
  5. Access to an interactive library of custom tutorials
  6. Dedicated time and space to explore new ideas
Dean Lisa J. Graumlich, UW College of the Environment

Community Mixer

The Waterhackweek Community Mixer brings together Waterhackweek participants, industry professionals and the greater University of Washington Freshwater Initiative and eScience Institute community to discuss water-related issues, network, and socialize. Special guest speaker Lisa J. Graumlich will share her experiences translating research into impact as the leader of the UW College of the Environment! Attendees are invited to bring a physical or electronic representation of their work to inspire discussions and connections at an informal poster session to follow Dean Graumlich’s remarks.

For More Information

For more information about the event, please visit the Waterhackweek website or contact fwi@uw.edu.

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