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American University to host Apps for the Environment Code-a-thon

2011 August 11

We’re happy to announce some exciting news today, as American University will host an Apps for the Environment code-a-thon Sept. 3, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in their technology-rich green facilities. The code-a-thon aims to bring together developers and teams from universities throughout the area, professional coders, as well as Environmental Protection Agency data specialists to help build innovative apps for the competition.

 The code-a-thon will be located in the spacious new Graduate Student Lounge adjoining the School of International Service building, which is itself a marvel of green technology innovation. With a sustainable design and “cradle-to cradle” philosophy for recycling and reusing building materials, participants will even power their devices with solar and wind offset power so their Apps for the Environment will be green from the first idea until the last line of code.

According to AU’s David Johnson, who teaches courses in digital journalism, interactive storytelling and convergence media, “With our commitments to sustainability and building a strong future, American university is excited to invite developers and thinkers from our neighbor colleges and universities to work with many of our area’s talented technologists to answer this challenge. We’re excited about it!”

Register now at or through Facebook at!/event.php?eid=233890659987331. And if you won’t be in D.C. for the event, you can still participate! You’ll be able to  join us on twitter, ustream, IRC, GitHub, and other online hangouts. More details on participating remotely coming soon!

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