The Green Button Alliance encourages hackathons, such as the Boston Cleanweb Hackathon, to help companies learn about what data are out there and how they can be used to benefit consumers,” said Jeremy J. Roberts, general manager of the Green Button Alliance. “Many industry verticals – from solar to water to real estate listings – can benefit from standardized data in the Green Button format; allowing developers to focus on creativity and customer needs, instead of on the interoperability of the data sources. The Green Button Alliance is proud to be a supporter of the Boston Cleanweb Hackathon again this year.
This year, UtilityAPI is partnering with the hackathon organizers to provide open data sets so entrepreneurs have real data to build apps.
“We’re excited to support innovators with the data they need,” UtilityAPI CEO, Elena Lucas, said. “Easy access to authorized, secure data sharing is the key part needed for energy innovation.This hackathon will get energy related ideas out into the tech and student communities.”
Last year, MySunBuddy walked away with the $5,000 grand prize at the hackathon. They later went on to use UtilityAPI data in their app and to win SunShot Catalyst. MySunBuddy is a platform for sharing virtual net metered and community solar system solar production credits. They used UtilityAPI’s data collection service to import the data they needed.