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Green Apps Are Sprouting!

2012 January 17

Take a look at all this green app activity! You might want to check out some of these hack-a-thons as a developer, subject matter expert, or interested party. Or take a look at the challenges that are happening now.

Three hack-a-thons will happen in the next couple of weeks:

Code for Livability: The Partnership for Sustainable Communities and The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy are hosting a code-a-thon to bring together citizens, web developers, and agency staff to work on solutions that bring sustainability to the forefront of peoples’ everyday lives. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. January 22, 2012 in Washington, DC.

CleanWeb Hackathon NYC: A gathering to demonstrate the impact of applying information technology to resource constraints. The goal is to build apps and hacks exploiting new sustainable business models while leveraging the mobile and social web. January 21 and 22, 2012 in New York City.

London Green Hackathon: A weekend of hacking on climate change, sustainability, energy & carbon emissions. January 27 and 28, 2012 in London.

The World Bank’s Apps For Climate is a competition to discover extraordinary ways to use open data to address the challenges of climate change. Apps For Climate aims to bring together the best ideas from scientists, application developers, civil society organizations, and development practitioners to create innovative software apps using World Bank climate data. Applications must be received by March 16, 2012; winners will receive cash prizes and featured placement on the World Bank Open Data website. To qualify, apps must use at least one open dataset from the World Bank Data Catalog, but are strongly encouraged to incorporate open data from other sources. For more information, visit:, or join in an information meeting on January 31st , also in Washington, DC.

Take a look at the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program Data, which was released recently. It includes publicly available and non-confidential data from the GHG Reporting Program for 2010. The files also contain information reported by suppliers of fossil fuels and industrial gases such as the six main greenhouse gases, industry sector, state, and quantity of emissions. Or you can look at the EPA GHG Data Publication Tool to see large greenhouse gas emitters on a map.

Don’t forget to use the 38 submissions to the Apps for the Environment Challenge. They’re made for you to use.

So check out all of these opportunities and tell the community if you know of other events!

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