October 1 saw the launch of the Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge, a contest organized by MaRS and funded by the Ministry of Energy. The goal of the Challenge is to encourage developers to create effective, new, proof-of-concept apps that will help Ontarians unlock the potential of Green Button-enabled electricity data.
While there are $50,000 in awards for the best entries, the Challenge is also an opportunity to effect positive social and environmental change through technology. Apps created for the contest have the potential to access a growing market of consumers, nationally and internationally, who are seeking out solutions to help them manage their energy consumption.
For details about the Green Button standard API, as well as the contest dates, times, requirements and judging criteria, please visit the contest website. Submissions will be accepted until January 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
The Energy Apps for Ontario challenge is the latest in a series of efforts undertaken by MaRS to enable innovation through access to electricity consumption data, including the recent MaRS Energy Hackathon.