Boston is preparing for the first Boston Cleanweb Hackathon on May 4 through 6. Students, entrepreneurs, companies, developers, and innovative business people will roll up their sleeves and create new applications in one weekend for prize money and bragging rights.
A year ago, the term ‘cleanweb’ was coined by two cleantech entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley. It is based on the simple idea that the next wave of innovation in a cleaner energy economy is happening, and it’s coming from information technology applications that address resource constraints, whether those limits are related to energy, water or even food.
Cleanweb is about creating low cost, capital efficient web-enabled business models capitalizing on the easy access to huge amounts of data - Big Data as some like to call it - that is available and open source. It’s about leveraging those data points from millions of things that now capture them, from shipping crates to smartphones - known as the “internet of things.”
Cleanweb is about realizing high returns directly and indirectly through the smarter use of our built environment and available technology. It is about creating software solutions to solve resource problems.
The first Cleanweb Hackathon was organized in Silicon Valley in September 2011. New York City followed in February 2012. One of the New York event’s special guests was Aneesh Chopra, the first CTO of the United States. He had recently announced the Green Button Initiative, a private-public partnership with utility providers to standardize homeowner energy use data so that people can understand it with a simple click and businesses could create innovate models by using the data. The momentum grew even more when the U.S. Department of Energy announced in March 2012 an “Apps for Energy” $100,000 prize competition for the best new apps that use the Green Button electricity use data.
The Cleanweb trend continues to grow and more entrepreneurs are getting excited about combining the power of energy and IT innovation. Come out and support Boston’s event; registration is open.
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