Cleanweb Hackathon and Boulder Startup Week

By admin on April 11, 2012

If you’ll be attending Boulder Startup Week next month and you’re into building apps that are good for the planet, join us May 18-20 for a Cleanweb Hackathon organized by Simple Energy and Tendril, hosted by Trada, and sponsored by SendGrid and Softlayer! This hackathon is part of a series that Tendril has been helping to organize in exciting places around the country including New York City and San Francisco. 

The goal of the Cleanweb Hackathon is to demonstrate the impact of applying information technology to resource constraints. Participants are tasked with building applications that tackle energy, waste, water, and other sustainability issues by leveraging web and mobile technologies. We challenge attendees on what they can do over the course of the weekend that might just change the world for the better.

The event is the brainchild of industry leaders in the cleantech and infotech spaces seeking to accelerate the innovation and commercialization of cleanweb applications and raise awareness of the growing trend. During these weekend-long competitions in key markets, developers, designers, and business professionals dedicated to optimizing resource use and driving cleantech development come together to create new web applications that address current energy and resource challenges.

For those of you new to the hackathon fold, the spirit of the event and weekend is to show what you can create in about 24 hours from scratch using your own data, code along with APIs and datasets that will be provided from partner organizations, sponsors, and government sources. The inaugural event in San Francisco was covered by GigaOm and drew over 100 participants, resulting in 14 cleanweb applications.

The Cleanweb Hackathon folks are excited to be a part of Boulder Startup Week this year. Founded in 2010, Boulder Startup Week is a five-day celebration of the startup community in Boulder, Colorado. “The goal of Boulder Startup Week is fairly simple: Boulder is awesome, and we want everyone to know about it.”

“We want entrepreneurs, investors, developers and the tech-addled to experience what it’s like to be here in the hope that, I don’t know, perhaps they’ll decide to join us full-time one day. Boulder is full of tech transplants, people who caught the Boulder bug and settled here in the last few years. We never get tired of hearing that story, and we hope you’ll add yours to the pile.”

Hope to see you next month!