Our Goal

President Obama made an unprecedented speech last month describing climate change as the most important issue of our time.  He asked Americans to be leaders and drive innovation to lead the way to a global climate solution.

On August 9th at 5 PM, developers, designers, product managers and others will come together for 24 hours to create applications to combat climate change. This event is open to everyone with an idea so don’t worry if you do not have a technical background. Teams can be formed during the day to bring the best ideas together. You can also donate to our hackathon here to help provide security and food.

The themes for the hackathon are:

The hackathon winner will be announced during our Grand Finale on August 10th @ 5 PM and will win a week’s worth of satellite time, courtesy of Nanosatisfi, with access to camera, magnetometer, gyroscope, accelerometer, Infrared Temperature Sensor and others . Additionally, the winning hackers that uses API gets to work at the RallyPad co-working space for 4 months for free.

Venue:  RallyPad, located at 144 2nd St, San Francisco.


Themes and APIs

Theme 1 - Expanding local energy resources

As renewable energy such as solar, wind and thermal energy become accessible to the mass public,  widespread adoption has yet to reach critical mass. This theme focuses on lowering barrier of entry and provide incentives to adopt renewable energy. Download the theme brief here.

Recommended APIs / Datasets:, Facebook, Twitter, PVWatts, Department of EnergyCalifornia household populations, San Francisco Wind / Eco Databases, GIS California Portal

Theme 2 - Evolve by Reducing Energy Consumption at home and at Work

Monitoring energy consumption is getting easier. Let’s create new ways to encourage individuals and businesses to reduce their energy consumption. Consider adding social elements to encourage people to do the right thing. Download the theme brief here.

Recommended APIs / Datasets:  EnerNOC, Utility carbon footprints, Green Button Connect, utility rates, consolidated San Francisco environmental datasets, Facebook, Twitter, CoolClimate

Theme 3 - Data Visualization and Mash-ups

There’s a ton of data on climate change available on the internet. However, most of them are not user friendly for the public. Lets create simple ways to access these data, visualize it and organize it in a way to monitor the progress we’re making as we reduce our dependency on conventional sources of energy. Download the theme brief here.

Recommended APIs / Datasets: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Department of Energy, World BankRally.orgConsolidated SF Environmental DatasetsEnerNOCGreen Button Connect


5:00 - 6:00

  • Sign in and mingling
  • Form a team!

6:00 - 6:50

  • Speakers will give an overview of climate change and the importance of taking action (Rose Braz, Mike McCormick, Chris Wake, Kevin Boer)

6:50 - 7:00

  • Set up your workstations!

7:00 - 8:00

  • Brainstorming and dinner

8:00 - 1:00 AM

  • Coding

1:00 - 1:30 AM

  • Midnight stretch
  • Snacks and Coffee!

1:30 - 8:30 AM (Saturday) 

  • Coding

8:30 - 9:00 AM (Saturday)

  • Breakfast

9:00 - 1:00 PM (Saturday)

  • Coding

1:00 - 1:30 PM (Saturday)

  • Lunch

1:30 - 4:00 PM (Saturday)

  • Coding

4:00 - 4:40 PM (Saturday)

  • Demos conducted onstage (about 2 - 5 minutes each)
  • Tap the keg!

4:40 - 5:00 PM (Saturday)

  • Grand finale!
  • Winners for the design and developer contests announced!


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