Washington, D.C., April 9, 2012 — As part of the Obama administration's efforts to help consumers save money by saving energy, the Department of Energy's first-ever "Apps for Energy" competition begins April 9, offering $100,000 in cash prizes.
Apps for Energy challenges innovative software developers to build new apps — for mobile phones, computers, tablets, software programs and more — that use data from major utility companies to help consumers and businesses use less energy and save money.
Developers competing in Apps for Energy will create apps that are designed to make the best use of the data provided through the president's Green Button initiative, which recently announced that nine major utilities and electricity suppliers will provide more than 15 million households access to data about their own energy use.
This competition is part of the administration's broader efforts to make government more open and to engage the American people in new ways.
Newly announced rules and dates for the Apps for Energy competition include:
* Submissions can be for any kind of software application, including apps for the web, personal computers, mobile devices, or any software broadly available to the public. A list of resources for developers is available at http://energy.gov/developer-resources.
* May 15 is the last day to submit an app design. Following the close of submissions, an internal review and public vote will take place from May 17 to May 21. The winners will be announced on May 22.
* Winners will receive cash prizes that in total equate to $100,000. The team that develops the best overall application will win $30,000. The second place team will win $15,000, and the third will win $7,500. There are also cash prizes available for the best apps built entirely by students, and for the apps that receive the most votes on appsforenergy.challenge.gov during the public contest.
* A diverse panel will evaluate the apps. The panel includes officials from the DOE, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Itron Inc., Garage Technology Ventures and HUGE, Inc.