US government offering $100,000 for the most innovative open data energy apps
- 17 January 2014
NEW YORK: The US Energy Department has launched a contest to encourage developers to create innovative clean energy apps using open data sources.
The American Energy Data Challenge aims to generate energy efficiency and clean energy solutions using publicly available data, with the creators of the best web or mobile applications winning US$100,000 in prizes.
The competition is part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to a clean energy future, according to a statement by the US Energy Department.
Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, said: “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. Continuing to find new ways to tap into American innovation is critical to helping pave the way to greater energy independence.”
The Green Button initiative is the result of a framework the Administration released in June 2011 which built on efforts to accelerate consumer access to energy data, entitled A Policy for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future.
As part of the contest, the Energy Department will host ‘hackathons’ – intense events which bring together computer programmers around specific projects – in Washington, DC., San Diego, Valley Forge and Boston.
This is the second part of the year-long contest, and once winners are announced in March, two more challenges will take place, ending in a big, final call for ‘bold ideas to re-imagine America’s energy infrastructure’.
Back in April last year, the Department of Energy announced winners of its Apps for Vehicles Challenge, a competition set to spur innovation around making vehicles safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient through using open data, as part of the Administration’s commitment to expand access to data and slash fuel costs for consumers.
Evan Juska, Head of US Policy, The Climate Group commented: "Imperfect information is still one of the biggest barriers to improving energy efficiency across a number of sectors, including transportation. With the data these apps provide, drivers can make more informed decisions about which car to drive and how to drive it - saving fuel costs and tailpipe emissions in the process."
Read more about the American Energy Data Challenge
By Clare Saxon