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January 22, 2014

Energy Department Launches Competition for Innovative Energy Apps

The Energy Department on January 16 launched a contest to promote the creation of new apps designed to address today’s energy challenges. The Apps for Energy II contest, which is the second contest in the year-long American Energy Data Challenge, will encourage contestants to leverage ideas developed during the American Energy Data Challenge’s first contest, and to use open data sources.

As part of the contest, the Energy Department will host a series of “hackathons” in four cities to create venues where people can brainstorm, collaborate, and begin creating apps that use publicly-available data to solve problems. The hackathons will be in Washington, D.C., January 24–25; San Diego, California, January 31-February 1; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, February 7–8; and Boston, Massachusetts, Feb. 15–16. Contestants will be eligible to win prizes at the events and by submitting their apps for judging as part of the nationwide contest.

The American Energy Data Challenge, which was launched in November, consists of four contests held quarterly. More than 100 ideas were submitted during the first contest, with a total of $10,000 awarded to 12 winners in December. The Apps for Energy II contest will run until March 9, with winners announced in late March. Two additional challenges—Energy Data by Design and the American Energy Challenge—will be rolled out in the coming months, culminating in a call for bold ideas to re-imagine America’s energy infrastructure. More information and rules are available online. See the Energy Department press release.