BTO Catalyst Seeks Entries, Webinars and Jamathons Scheduled

July 20, 2015

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The DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) is partnering with the successful SunShot Catalyst crowdsourcing competition to find software solutions to key challenges in the area of building operations, with over $1.5 million in total prize awards on the table!

In the second ‘Business Innovation’ phase of the competition, entrepreneurs, developers, working professionals, mentors, makers, doers, and enthusiasts are invited to submit video pitches on software solutions to problem statements submitted in the first ‘Ideation’ phase of the initiative. The video pitches are due August 14, 2015. Note that while the ‘Ideation’ phase of the initiative has formally closed, you can still submit and vote on problem statements after logging on to the Catalyst website.

To help you better understand how the second ‘Business Innovation’ phase of the competition works, you are invited to participate in the following webinars—or you can jump straight to registering for a jamathon:


  • July 21st: 2nd Webinar register
  • July 28th: 3rd Webinar register
  • August 11th: 4th Webinar register
  • A recording of the first webinar is available here.

Attend a Jamathon

  • July 22nd: Chicago Jamathon register
  • July 30th: Boston Jamathon register
  • August 5th: San Francisco Jamathon register
  • August 6th: San Francisco Jamathon register
  • August 12th: Pittsburgh Jamathon register
  • August 12th: New York City Jamathon register

The first Jamathon—to be held in Chicago, IL on July 22 at TechNexus— will focus on building operations data. You can bring your team or show up solo and form a team at the Jamathon. During the session, teams will work towards completing video pitches for their business plans. Register here to let us know you’re in!

For information and latest updates about the initiative, visit the BTO Catalyst website.

For any questions about BTO’s Catalyst initiative, please contact us at: