DOE offers $100K for best energy-saving apps

The Energy Department wants a few good green apps. To get them, it is mounting Apps for Energy, a contest to reward software developers for creating new energy-focused applications for public use.

Developers will combine the Green Button open standard for sharing utility data with other information sources to come up with applications to help homeowners and businesses better understand their energy use and to make more informed decisions. The contest encourages private-sector firms, students, for-profit legal entities and nonprofit organizations to participate.

The best applications will win part of a $100,000 cash prize, which includes $30,000 for best overall application. A panel of judges will select a winner and runners-up in two categories: Best Overall Application and Student Award. There will also be a peak reduction demand prize and a Popular Choice Award winner selected by the public.

The submission period began April 5 and ends on May 15. Once the submission period is over, an internal review and public vote will take place from May 17 to May 21 and the winners will be announced on May 22.

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