The following is from http://www.meetup.com/Hack-the-Drought-LA:
Hack the Drought is a movement to help California and the Western states survive the worst drought conditions on record. We are in the middle of the worst drought in over 500 years in this region, and it’s not going to get any easier, in fact, it could turn into a Zombieland if this dryspell keeps its record-setting pace.
It’s gonna take some good ol’ human ingenuity and collective engineering, plus a boatload of behavioral hacking and some creative open-innovation for us to make the situation any better.
We may not have very much potable drinking water out here, but we do have a lot of talented, creative, entrepreneurial, and engineering-minded hacktivists — and if we all combine our unique skills and talents together we can develop some innovative solutions.
The idea of this movement is to Hack the Drought. This is a hackathon combined with a project-based approach to providing real solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing water officials, farmers, and all of us. Hack the Drought meetups are being concurrently organized in major Western cities in order to rally the region’s best and brightest to approach the problem from new perspectives.
Water is the most fundamental human right we all share, and we need to take creative, collective, and proactive steps to work towards solutions instead of just sitting around pretending like it will all be okay. Let’s Hack the Drought and help the Western US avoid the potential chaos that will come with a prolonged and record-setting drought.
If you’re wondering about why this matters, here is some background: