Applications Now Open for 2016 California Water Policy Challenge

Imagine H2O offers competition to support policy change

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Imagine H2O (IH2O) announced that applications are now open for the second annual California Water Policy Challenge. The competition will showcase policy proposals enabling the deployment of water data innovations and technologies. The winner and finalists will be eligible to receive up to $40,000 in cash awards, mentorship from leading experts, and introductions to strategic partners. The results will be announced at a leadership event in Sacramento, Calif., in April 2017.

Data is vital to help California's farmers, businesses, and communities monitor and manage water resources more effectively. Promising data solutions exist, and policy change will help drive adoption of these technologies in the market. The Policy Challenge highlights actionable policy recommendations that dismantle obstacles to innovation and strengthen the quality of water accounting and management.

The Milken Institute, the Water Foundation, and the Pacific Institute join IH2O as program partners to support the competition and the winning teams.  

"California's success in renewable energy is largely a result of policy innovation," said Buzz Thompson, professor for Stanford Law School, director of the Woods Institute for the Environment and competition judge. "It's time California gave water the same attention it has given energy. IH2O's program allows us to identify practical, intelligent policy approaches that can get water data solutions deployed in California."

"The Policy Challenge provided us with valuable exposure and recognition at an important time for our organization," said Cynthia Koehler, executive director of the WaterNow Alliance and a 2016 Finalist. "Since participating in this unique initiative, we've grown our capacity and secured strategic partnerships to help accelerate our activities."

IH2O's inaugural Policy Challenge attracted more than 100 submissions from academia, non-government organizations, government entities and the private sector. The program fostered cross-sector dialogue with government and philanthropy to unlock innovation opportunities and drive policy change.

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