Cleanweb Hack NYC in Review

Genability recently participated in the 2nd Cleanweb Hackathon. The event was held in NYC so a few members of our team headed east to participate.  The first ever Cleanweb hack was held this past summer in San Francisco, in which Genability’s own TEAM TACO took first prize.  Genability was thrilled to be a sponsor again and while we didn’t win the event we had several hackers use our API and met some fascinating people – including the CTO of the US – Aneesh Chopra.  Cleanweb hackers from all over the U.S. gathered in NYC to create apps with APIs such as Tendril and NYC Open Data.

Some of our favorite hacks, including our own, were:

WattQuiz was built by Genability developers and aimed to be the energy equivalent of freerice.com.  Consumers could upload their personal energy data via Green Button Initiative and then answer questions about their usage.  Points (aka watts) would then be donated to various charities via donorschoose.org.

SolarList provides real-time cost calculations for solar installations and was built by Tyler Tringas and worked with Genability’s API.

AuditTrigger provides real-time assessment of a building’s need for an energy audit.  AuditTrigger was built on EnergyScoreCards.

Econofy was the crowd favorite and winner of the event.  Econofy is an online rating system for appliance manufacturers to compete with each other for energy efficiency appliances.  The application is currently in beta and utilizes an API from Tendril.

NYC BLDGS tracks energy consumption of NYC buildings to create a friendly competition against each other.

For a full list of all the hacks, check out this list from 3Scale.   Also, full coverage of the presentations can be viewed here.

Following the event, Genability got some one-on-one time with Aneesh Chopra to discuss the Green Button Initiative.  Genability is Green Button ready and you can start uploading your data.

Thanks again to everyone for participating and we look forward to the next Cleanweb Hackathon.  Have ideas for the next Cleanweb Hack location?  Send us your suggestions!

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One Comment

  1. Posted December 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Nice post. Keep gathering hackers all over the world!

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