In New York City, there took place a Cleanweb Hackathon on January 25th. The event saw over a 100 environment-conscious app developers taking part. It was a competition conducted to show how IT can help people and businesses minimize their energy use and carbon impact. A hackathon, to be more precise, is an event where programmers meet to do collaborative computer programming. The spirit of a hackathon is to collaboratively build programs and applications.
Hackathons are typically between several days and a week in length. A hackathon refers not simply to one time hacks, but to a specific time when many people come together to hack on what they want to, how they want to with little to no restrictions on direction or goal of the programming.
The New York cleanweb hackathon organizers, who include Sunil, Blake Burris of Dynamo Labs, Micah Kotch from NYC ACRE, Nicholas Eisenberger of Pure Energy Partners, Matt Solt of Civvic, and a number of others, put on a great show and took a big step forward in evangelizing the cleanweb movement.
Judging by the turnout, “cleanweb”, the increasingly popular term for applying IT solutions to global resource constraint problems, was a hit amongst the East Coast digerati.
The apps developed by teams there, touched on everything from streamlining the solar business model to identifying municipal buildings inNew Yorkthat most badly need an energy efficiency upgrade.
The overall winner, as determined both by the judges and other participants, was an application called Econofy that helps online shoppers find the most efficient appliances.
The web app pulls data from EnergyStar ratings and popular products on Amazon to show consumers how much they would save by purchasing a more efficient model and the purchase price.
In the process, the developers hope to create more competition among manufacturers to make efficient air conditioners, refrigerators, televisions, and the like.