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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 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 the three categories:

  1. Best Idea for An Existing Dataset: Surf DOE’s open data resources from a list of existing Department of Energy public data resources, and tell us new and cool ways to make it useful. Describe why you think this data is valuable, or provide ideas for how the data could be used to help solve a problem.  Prize pot: $4,000.
  2. Best Idea for a "Wish List" Dataset: Describe an energy dataset that is on your "wish list" — a dataset that, if it existed, would be extremely valuable. Entries should describe what the dataset should contain, its ideal format, and how it could be used to solve a problem better than what is possible using currently available data. Prize pot: $2,000.
  3. Best "Killer Idea" for an Energy-focused Application or Service: Every "killer app" starts with a "killer idea"; an elegant solution to a pressing real-world problem. In this campaign, we're seeking these "killer ideas.” Ideas should include a clear problem statement, a description of the solution, and should identify the datasets (including open data but can use other data too) required to make the application a reality. Prize pot: $4,000.

Visit to submit an idea and learn more about the challenge!