First off, thank you to all of our partners, speakers, sponsors, judges, and participants for making this Design-A-Thon a success!

Scroll down to see some of the awesome projects that were created in a single weekend, visit our Flickr to see photos of the event, and check out our Youtube channel for recordings and of the presentations and speakers.

Design Prompt:

Design a solution that will allow the Berkeley community to solve some aspect of California’s drought

Winner: DripIt


DripIt is a hardware solution designed to make students and UC Berkeley more aware of the secondary water usage created by food in the dining halls.

(PDF Presentation) (Presentation Recording)

Runner-Up: Save


Save is an educational program for 3rd-5th graders in Berkeley schools that uses low-cost water filters and a water tracking app to teach them about them about drought, and to encourage their families conserve water more proactively.

(PDF Presentation) (Presentation Recording)

The Great Aquaventure


The Great Aquaventure is a choose-your-own-adventure educational game that uses fun artistic styles and social media to teach and raise awareness about the drought.

(Play the Game!) (PDF Presentation) (Presentation Recording)

The Connected Nozzle


The Connected Nozzle is a shower head that uses customizeable alarms to encourage students in the dorms to take shorter showers.

(Presentation Recording)

Water Bulb


Waterbulb is a water bottle that encourages water conservation through LED lighting that indicates to users how much water they are using compared to their community.

(PDF Presentation) (Presentation Recording)



Grassp is an automated watering device that uses weather information and shoots water downward in order to reduce the amount of evaporation that occurs when watering a yard or field.

(Presentation Recording)