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.
This Theoretical Challenge requires submission of a data visualization and corresponding written description.
Challenge Orientation Video: https://youtu.be/MQraxjryG0k
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This Challenge is being conducted by the Seeker under the authority of 15 USC 3719, as amended, which states that cash prize purse awards for this prize competition may only be given to an individual that is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or an entity that is incorporated in and whose primary place of business is in the United States, subject to verification by the Seeker before cash prize purses are awarded.
Cash prize purse payments: Payments will be paid in full to the eligible registered individual, entity, or team selected as a winner.
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Team Project Room requests must be made no later than 1 week prior to the Challenge deadline. Click on ‘Form a Team’ at the top of the page for further instructions.
Participation by those not eligible for cash prizes: Submissions can be entertained from all Solvers regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or U.S. entities and are eligible to receive non-cash prize awards, if any. Meritorious submissions from non-U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and entities will also be recognized in publications issued by the Seeker announcing the results of the competition, such as press releases.
Full eligibility details and other restrictions are detailed in the Challenge Specific Agreement.
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) plays a significant role in managing the Colorado River, including operating dams and canals to deliver water and generate power, overseeing water allocations and water use, and protecting and restoring habitat for endangered and threatened species. Management of the Colorado River is governed by numerous compacts, laws, court decisions and decrees, and regulatory guidelines collectively known as the “Law of the 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. These datasets are produced, maintained, and shared by both Reclamation and partner agencies. State and local agencies, water users, recreationists, researchers and other stakeholders and partners also rely on CRB data for a wide variety of uses.
Reclamation is currently working to make its CRB data more easily accessible to both Reclamation and non-Reclamation users. These efforts include development of a Reclamation-wide data portal for viewing, querying, accessing, and downloading data (https://water.usbr.gov/), as well as basin-specific web-based tools for data analysis and decision support (https://www.usbr.gov/research/projects/detail.cfm?id=5541). Reclamation is also coordinating with partner agencies that produce CRB data as they work to make their CRB data more accessible.
In addition to modernizing how data are made available using machine-readable data formats, Reclamation needs better approaches for visualizing CRB data 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.
The Seeker and 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.
This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires a data visualization and corresponding written description to be submitted. Solvers may make up to 5 submissions for this Challenge. Each submission should be a distinctly different visualization with an accompanying written description and should be made as a separate submission using the same Project Room. Each submission will be evaluated separately and Solvers are eligible to receive multiple awards if they make multiple submissions.
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.
To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to utilize their solutions. See the Challenge Specific Agreement for full details.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on November 17, 2017.
Late submissions will not be considered.
ABOUT THE SEEKER
The Bureau of Reclamation is the Federal sponsoring agency and Seeker for this Challenge. Reclamation is an agency of the United States Federal Government with a mission to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public (www.usbr.gov).
ABOUT OUR COLLABORATORS
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is an agency of the federal government with a mission to provide reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life. (www.usgs.gov)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). NRCS programs help people reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters. (www.nrcs.usda.gov)
The U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) is a federal government agency which acts as the U.S. component of the IBWC which is responsible for applying the boundary and water treaties between the United States and Mexico and settling any differences that may arise out of their application. The IBWC has an active role in the operation of international wastewater treatment plants, water quality monitoring, regional water planning, enhancing boundary demarcation, flood control, maintenance of levees and floodways, silt removal, and the operation of international dams and hydroelectric plants all along U.S.-Mexico border region. (www.ibwc.gov)
The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center (CBRFC) is an operational field office that is part of the National Weather Service (NWS), a line office under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA's mission of science, service, and stewardship is one that strives to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts while sharing that knowledge and information with others. To that end, the NWS and CBRFC provide information relating to streamflow and water supply over the Colorado River Basin for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy. (cbrfc.noaa.gov)
What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?
An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.
This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. By contrast, Theoretical-IP Transfer means that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.