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Bring out your green apps!

2012 April 23

There’s still a lot of activity around green apps. If you’re interested in trying out some of them, check out what’s available from recent hack-a-thons and challenges. You can also vote for your favorite app in the Apps for Climate challenge. Check out all of these opportunities and tell us what you think!

If you’re a developer, designer, or environmental expert, consider entering the Apps for Energy challenge. Or just see the great work by your peers at hack-a-thons and challenges.

Recent and upcoming hack-a-thons

EcoHack NYC: This meet-up brought together a diverse community of scientists, hackers, designers and hobbyists that are interested in everything environmental. They even teamed up with The Public Laboratory to add a hardware-hacking component. April 21-22 in New York City

CleanWeb Hackathon: A series of gatherings 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 21-22 in New York City, May 4 in Boston, and more locations and dates!

Apps for Energy by the U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy is challenging developers and designers to come up with the best use of Green Button downloadable energy usage data. The details are at, but the short version is that they’re offering $100,000 in prizes for the best applications that help utility customers understand their electricity usage and make better-informed decisions. Submissions are due by May 15. For more details, please contact Matthew Loveless at

Apps for Climate challenge by the World Bank

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. Submissions are in, so you have until April 27, 2012 to vote for your favorite app (you must register to vote). Winners will receive cash prizes and featured placement on the World Bank Open Data website.

Have you tried all of the 38 submissions to the Apps for the Environment Challenge? They’re designed for you! Follow the action on Twitter at #greenapps.

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  1. June 19, 2012

    I think the next big green thing will be the green apps because they are something really huge right now and they combine the two hottest trends all over the world – environmental friendly services and applications for smart phones.

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