Competing with friends in a “Buzz Off” is a great incentive for users to reduce their bills. The winner earns the title “Queen Bee” while the loser must accept “Larva” status. Users can see trends in their water, electric, and gas usage over time. These usage graphs use dotted lines that bring to mind bee communication, which often occurs through movement and dance.
In addition to UtilityAPI, the programmers used ReactJS, MaterialUI, Firebase, and Webpack to build the app. While working they used GitHub and Slack to communicate. The developers said, “UtilityAPI’s authentication portal was very straightforward and easy to use with a nice quick design editor with various redirect and embedding options.”
Beyond creating a great new app, the Energy Bee team had a great time meeting people and learning more about the intersection of sustainability, energy efficiency, and technology at the Cleanweb Hackathon. “What was especially cool about the Cleanweb Hackathon were all the breakout sessions that they offered,” Greyson Griffin said. “These are great opportunities to learn about new problem spaces, try out different technologies, and talk to experts. During a hackathon you have a very limited time (usually less than 48 hours) to build something, so it’s important to focus, be realistic, and cut scope as you need. Don’t work non-stop though, the main point of a hackathon is to have fun. So make sure you take breaks, enjoy the free food, and meet new people.”
“Energy data is hard to come by, especially in one intelligible format,” UtilityAPI CEO Elena Lucas said. “We’ve built UtilityAPI so people can build energy solutions for consumers and companies. Hackathons are a great way to get more people working on energy solutions. We were so excited to see such a great web app come out this hackathon!”
What is the Energy Bee team going to do with the money they won at the hackathon? “We are going to use it for our utility bills and more Energy Bee development!”
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