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Energy Department Launches Competition to Encourage the Creation of Innovative Energy Apps Built with Open Data

January 16, 2014 - 12:09pm

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WASHINGTON – As part of the Administration’s commitment to a clean energy future, the Energy Department today is launching a contest to promote the creation of new apps designed to address today’s energy challenges. The Apps for Energy II contest, which is the second contest in the year-long American Energy Data Challenge, will encourage contestants to leverage ideas developed during the American Energy Data Challenge’s first contest, and open data sources.  

“The American Energy Data Challenge is connecting Americans with the power of open data by encouraging people to explore creative new ways to use publicly-available data from the Energy Department, and their own energy consumption data that is now available to over 100 million Americans in Green Button format,” said Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman. “Continuing to find new ways to tap into American innovation is critical to helping pave the way to greater energy independence.” 

As part of the contest, the Energy Department will host a series of “hackathons” in four cities to create venues where people can brainstorm, collaborate, and begin creating apps that use publicly-available data to solve problems. Contestants will be eligible to win prizes at the events and by submitting their apps for judging as part of the nationwide contest.  The Apps for Energy II hackathons will be held in: 

  • Washington, DC (Jan. 24-25, 2014); 1776 DC, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • San Diego, Calif. (Jan. 31-Feb 1, 2014); Location: San Diego Gas & Electric Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, Calif.
  • Valley Forge, Pa. (Feb 7-8, 2014); Location: PJM Interconnection, 2750 Monroe Boulevard, Audubon, Pa.
  • Boston, Mass.(Feb 15-16, 2014); Location: Hack/Reduce, 275 3rd St., Cambridge, Mass.

The American Energy Data Challenge, which was launched in November, consists of four contests held quarterly. More than 100 ideas were submitted during the first contest, with a total of $10,000 awarded to 12 winners in December. The Apps for Energy II contest will run until March 9, with winners announced in late March.   Two additional challenges -- Energy Data by Design and the American Energy Challenge -- will be rolled out in the coming months, culminating in a call for bold ideas to re-imagine America’s energy infrastructure. More information and rules are available online.  

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