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Colorado River Basin Data Visualization Challenge

Can you help us improve data visualization on the Colorado River?

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $60,000
Type of Challenge: Creative (design & multimedia)
Partner Agencies | Federal: U.S. Geological Survey, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, Colorado Basin River Forecast Center
Submission Start: 09/07/2017 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 11/17/2017 12:00 AM ET

Description

All questions, registrations, and official entries are found via the InnoCentive website, which opens on the date of launch.  See official rules, terms and conditions on InnoCentive website.

The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the Seeker for this Challenge, plays a significant role in managing the Colorado River. Reclamation relies on a broad range of Colorado River Basin (CRB) data to support short-term water management and long-term planning, including data on historical, current, and projected weather and climate conditions, reservoir storage and releases, streamflows, and diversions.

Reclamation is currently working to make CRB data more easily accessible to both Reclamation staff and non-Reclamation users such as other Federal, State, and local agencies, water users, recreationists, researchers, and other stakeholders As Reclamation works to improve data access, better approaches to visualizing CRB data are needed to improve data exploration, analysis, interpretation, and communication by Reclamation and non-Reclamation users. In particular, better visualization approaches are needed to improve understanding and communication of current and projected conditions in the basin and the water management actions that affect those conditions. Reclamation and its Collaborators seek innovative, interactive, and user-driven visualizations to improve understanding of past, present, and projected conditions in the CRB and to support analysis and decision making by Reclamation and non-Reclamation users.

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Questions about this Challenge? Please direct any requests for clarifications and additional information about this challenge to InnoCentive.com. As the administrator for this challenge, InnoCentive will contact the Bureau of Reclamation, as needed, to answer your questions and will also make the responses available to all registered solvers if they provide relevant additional information. To submit your questions to InnoCentive, register for the competition at the InnoCentive website. Registration is free and easy. Once you have registered, you will be able to see the full details of this challenge. After reviewing the full details, if you still have questions, InnoCentive provides each registered solver with the ability to submit their specific questions to the challenge administrator.

Prizes

The Seeker has a total cash prize purse of $60,000. The Challenge cash prize awards will be contingent upon critical analysis and evaluation by the Seeker (Reclamation) and the judging panel appointed by the Seeker.  The top submissions that meet or exceed the Solution Requirements will receive cash prize awards no less than $5,000 with a single cash prize award being as high as $20,000.  No cash prizes are guaranteed unless they meet or exceed the Solution Requirements.  Partial cash prizes will be considered for solutions that meet some, but not all, of the requirements.  In addition, the Solvers with the top three submissions may be invited to present their visualizations for stakeholders online or at an in-person meeting. If the meeting is in-person, Reclamation will include an additional $1,500 for associated travel expenses if the winner agrees to present.

Rules

All questions, registrations, and official entries are found via the InnoCentive website, which opens on the date of launch.  See official rules, terms and conditions on InnoCentive website.

How To Enter

All questions, registrations, and official entries are found via the InnoCentive website, which opens on the date of launch.  See official rules, terms and conditions on InnoCentive website.

Point of Contact

Have feedback or questions about this challenge? Send the challenge manager an email