almost 4 years ago

Last Week to Enter The Energy Ideas Contest

This is the last week to make a submission for the Energy Ideas Contest, which is a great "warm up" activity for Apps for Energy II, which is coming in January!  Even if you dont want to make an entry in the Energy Ideas Contest, please come to http://energychallenge.energy.gov and register so you can get the fastest updates on Apps for Energy II.

As a reminder, the top ideas in each category will be eligible for $10,000 in cash prizes.  It’s super easy to do: surf our energy data resources, and help us put it to good use.

Here are…

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almost 4 years ago

Try Out the American Energy Data Challenge

Dear Apps for Energy Community,

Since the Apps for Energy contest in Spring of 2012, there is more energy data out there than ever before, and more energy challenges too.  Apps for Energy was a big success, and so we are inviting you – the developers and followers of the first contest – to check out the American Energy Data Challenge.  Unlike the old one, there will be a total of four individual contests over 12 months.  Apps for Energy II is coming in 2014, but first, consider a “warm-up” exercise: The Energy Ideas Contest!

From now until Nov. 29,…

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almost 5 years ago

New Energy Department Data Challenge

Apps for Energy Subscribers,

The Energy Department is sponsoring Apps for Vehicles, a $50,000 challenge that is looking for the best business plans, app ideas, and product designs that use open vehicle data to help vehicle owners save fuel, save money, and stay safe. The competition opens today and your first round ideas need to be submitted by January 15th, so go check it out!


over 5 years ago

Announcing the Winners of the Popular Choice Award

We’re thrilled to announce the full list of winners of Apps for Energy.

We had a total of 57 submissions and 6 winning applications have been award cash prizes. View all the winners in the Gallery.

Most of the winners were announced during ConnectivityWeek on May 22nd, and you can see read about that event here.

In addition to the judged prizes, today we're able to announce the winners of the Popular Choice Awards: VELObill, the Grand Prize winner, and Innovative Solar Demand Response, the Second Prize winner. Thank you to everyone who voted for their…

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over 5 years ago

The public voting period has ended. Thank you to everyone who voted!

After two weeks and over 12,000 signups, the public vote period for Apps for Energy has come to an end.

Thank you for taking the time to look at these great apps and vote for your favorites, and congratulations to all the submitters. A very special thank you to everyone who worked hard to spread the word about the competition and make the public vote a success.

What comes next?

The votes submitted at appsforenergy.challenge.gov are being reviewed for any irregularities or activities that violate the official competition rules. Once the final totals have been certified, the winners of the…

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over 5 years ago

And the winners are...

We're thrilled to announce the first round of winners for the first-ever Apps for Energy competition.

The winning apps were announced today by Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman at ConnectivityWeek, a gathering of smart grid industry leaders in Santa Clara, California. A diverse panel drawn from government and the energy and tech communities evaluated the apps.

BEST OVERALL APP GRAND PRIZE: LEAFULLY

Location: Seattle, Washington

This app is the brainchild of Seattle-based team, Timothy Edgar and Nathan Jhaveri who describe themselves as “two developers with an idea.” Their app submission, Leafully, helps utility customers…

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over 5 years ago

Today: Announcing the First Apps for Energy Winners

Today, at about 8:30 am PDT, we're going to kick off the announcement of the first Apps for Energy winners at ConnectivityWeek in Santa Clara, California. You can follow the announcements live on Twitter by watching @Energy and #appsforenergy. The winners will be posted on http://appsforenergy.challenge.gov/ and energy.gov shortly after the event concludes.

We'll be announcing the winners of the Best Overall and Best Student Apps, but the Public Choice Award and the Demand Shifting Prize will wait until June 6th, after the close of the public vote period. So don't forget to vote daily for your favorite apps until May…

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over 5 years ago

Do we know that you're a student?

Apps for Energy Submitters,

Thanks so much for all your apps! We're going through them now, but we want to make sure that we know who is eligible for our student awards. If your submission was constructed by students, please send an email to Apps@hq.doe.gov with the name of your app, the names of your submitters, and your school or university. 

Thanks!

The Apps for Energy Team


over 5 years ago

Corrected Submission Gallery Link

Here is a corrected link to the submission gallery. Sorry about that!


over 5 years ago

Public voting is now open

The public voting period for Apps for Energy has begun. Browse the Submission Gallery and vote for your favorites daily until May 31! Your vote will help determine who takes home the two Popular Choice Award prizes.

  1. See what place your submission is in.* Click on your submission, and check out the Current Standings to the right of your video.
  2. Make your app available for download. Let people try it out. Does the website listed on your submission include a link for people to download your app? Make it easy for the general public to access it.
  3. Rally your

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over 5 years ago

Thank you for your submissions! Reviewing has started.

Thanks to everyone who submitted an app to Apps for Energy! 

We're reviewing all the submissions and we will contact each team when their submission has been approved. If you submitted an app, you should get an email tomorrow either confirming that your submission has been approved or asking for additional information. If you do not get an email by 5:00 pm EDT tomorrow, please contact us directly using the discussion board or at apps@hq.doe.gov.

What happens next? 

The approved apps will be posted to the public apps gallery by 8 am EDT on May 17th, kicking off the…

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over 5 years ago

One Day Left to Submit

Submissions are due by 8 pm EDT tomorrow, May 15th!

For those planning to submit an application, here is a quick reminder about what your submission should include:

  1. The name of your app.
  2. A link to your application. This can be a link to your app in the relevant app store, on your website, or a direct download link.
  3. A video of your application to demonstrate navigation and functionality. ChallengePost has created a handy guide to creating demonstration videos.
  4. A text description of your application. This is an opportunity to discuss both what your application does and what you hope…

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over 5 years ago

6 Days to Go! A Guide to Submitting Your App and Public Voting Now Ends May 31

There are 6 days left until submissions are due for Apps for Energy. It’s not too late to enter, check out http://energy.gov/developer for resources and ideas and start coding today!

For those planning to submit an application, here is a quick reminder about what your submission should include:

  1. The name of your app.

  2. A link to your application. This can be a link to your app in the relevant app store, on your website, or a direct download link.

  3. A video of your application to demonstrate navigation and functionality. ChallengePost has created a handy guide to creating demonstration videos.

  4. A…

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over 5 years ago

PG&E Cost Sample Data Now Available

As promised in the last update, sample datasets that include both zip code and energy cost are now posted at http://energy.gov/downloads/green-button-sample-data-pge. The four new files cover two small businesses, a residential account using a time of use plan, and a residential account paying a flat rate. Look for the files ending with " zipcode cost".

Also, a few of you noted that my math was off in the last update. The difference between Eastern and Pacific time is 10800 seconds.

Thanks!

Matthew


over 5 years ago

Important Info on Green Button Sample Data

Good morning! 11 days to go until submissions are due, and I have some important updates about the PG&E sample datasets, located at http://energy.gov/downloads/green-button-sample-data-pge

First, as requested, I've uploaded versions that include the zip code for that customer. Actual Green Button data includes the full address, of course, and looks something like this: 123 SAMPLE ST SAMPLE CITY CA 93657, but these samples only have the zip code for privacy reasons.

Second, it has just come to my attention that PG&E Green Button XML files are generated using the Eastern Time Zone. Since all of PG&E's customers are in the Pacfiic…

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over 5 years ago

Have you checked out our resources page?

If you're planning to submit an app, make sure you check out the reources available at http://energy.gov/developer-resources. We've recently add additional sample Green Button data sets, an examination of how Green Button data applies to Measurement and Verification of energy efficiency improvements, and videos from NIST explaining the regulatory and technical aspects of the standard.

Also, I want to remind all the developers that they are free to use modeled data to demonstrate app features, including dummy addresses and usage patterns.

Thanks!

Matthew


over 5 years ago

Twitter Q&A with U.S. CTO

Have questions about Apps for Energy? Want to know more about government challenges and competitions? Ask the U.S. CTO, Todd Park, on Twitter!  

Join us this Tuesday, April 17 at 2 PM EDT for an Apps for Energy Twitter Q&A with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park. Ask your questions now using the hashtag #appsforenergy.

Park, along with our diverse panel of utility and tech experts, will be on hand to discuss Apps for Energy and how competitions can be valuable tools for inspiring software innovation. Whether you have technical questions, app suggestions or simply observations to share…

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over 5 years ago

The Official Rules are Posted

The official rules are now posted. If you have any questions, open a discussion topic or email us at apps@hq.doe.gov.