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April 4, 2014
We're Data Jammin': Building Interactive Educational Materials to Teach Energy

In a digital world of mobile apps, internet games, and social media, teachers can find it difficult to keep students focused - especially on the importance of energy in their daily lives. To help address this issue, the Energy Department hosted a data jam last week that brought together developers, educators, and energy experts to find ways to improve the energy literacy of students throughout the country. Read this recap and view photos of the event.

March 27, 2014
Designers hard at work turning energy data into useful apps at a hackathon in Washington earlier this year.
Jamming Out to Energy Data: Building Apps That Improve Energy Literacy

The Energy Department is hosting a data jam in Washington today that brings together dozens of energy experts, app designers, and educators to help bridge the energy literacy gap.

February 12, 2014
Designers hard at work turning energy data into useful apps in Washington D.C. January 25
American Energy Data Challenge Hackathons – “Apps For Energy”: Turning Energy Data into Working Apps in 24 Hours

The Department of Energy's "Apps for Energy" Hackathons give dozens of app designers 24 hours to come up with working prototypes of apps that solve challenges using energy data.

January 16, 2014
Applications powered by open energy data were on display at the Energy Datapalooza in June 2012. | Photo by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
Energy Department Launches Second Contest of the American Energy Data Challenge

Today the Energy Department is launching Round Two of the American Energy Data Challenge, asking the public to develop apps using open energy data.

December 19, 2013
First Round of American Energy Data Challenge Winners Announced

We are excited to announce the first round of cash prize winners in the American Energy Data Challenge.

December 10, 2013
The Energy Department has launched a new coding competition to help industry develop new models and tools that improve the design, development, and optimization of marine and hydrokinetic devices. | Graphic courtesy of <a href="http://www.topcoder.com/">TopCoder</a>
Calling All Coders: Help Advance America’s Ocean Power Industry

The Energy Department has launched a new coding competition to help industry develop new models and tools that improve the design, development, and optimization of marine and hydrokinetic devices.

December 3, 2013
Pursuing Open Data at the Department of Energy

Providing open access to energy data can accelerate scientific discovery and empower entrepreneurs to build new products and services. Learn about ongoing initiatives to increase access and use of energy data.

December 2, 2013
Soft costs now account for more than 60% of the total price of installing residential solar energy systems. <a href="http://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/infographic-lets-get-work-solar-soft-costs">View the full infographic to learn more</a>.
Help Solve Solar’s Big Challenge

The Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative is working to lower soft costs – such as permitting, customer acquisition, and operations – in order to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020. Find out how you can help.

November 6, 2013
Join the American Energy Data Challenge

Today the Energy Department launches a four-part challenge to spur the development of new apps, tools and services that make high-value open energy data more accessible to the public.