LIVE from the first Cleanweb Hackathon!

We’re exclusively bringing you live video of the demos from the first Cleanweb Hackathon! The “Cleanweb” is the trend of using information technology — software, the web, social media, mobile — to address resource constraints around energy, food and water.

This weekend 14 teams developed Cleanweb tools and we’re live streaming the presentations of these apps. In about an hour, a group of judges will choose their favorite Cleanweb tool and present the winners with cash prizes. I’ll do a wrap up of the events following the live stream as well. Happy watching:

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The Awards!:

Best Overall: Team TACO

Audience award: Dr. Wattson

Twilio hackaward: The Freshlist App.

Sexy UI: Winner, Dr. Wattson. Honorary mention, Tomatoe.

Badass Hack: Winner, Tomatoe. Runnerup Toxic Slayar.

Biggest Impact: Winner, CommuteScore, honorable mention: Tarzan.

The Cleanweb Hackathon demos kick off!

1). GROmunity: The website brings together urban backyard farmers, in a part social network, part community, part economy. The most sustainable food comes from your backyard or the backyard of your neighbor, says the creator. GROmunity brings together backyard farmers in a network where users can barter, network, sell and buy food.

2). Tomatoe: An app that brings together data about energy, health and resources in different visualizations via states.

3). Greenly: A green life cycle analysis tool that small businesses and artisans can use to analyse and put on their green products. Judge Yves Behar says he likes the angle of putting the tool in the hands of the business or artisan, instead of a third party consultant.

4). toxicSlayar: An augmented reality layer to visualize toxic chemicals out there. The EPA collects this info, but its hard to visualize this data.

5). Task Turtle: Crowd sourced tasks for food or cash. Smaller tasks, for smaller prizes, targeting homeless people, young people, senior citizens etc.

6). Commute Score: Bringing your commute into the energy equation. Crunching data from GPS cell phones to figure out trends about commuting.

7). Dr. Wattson: A web app that gives recommendations about your energy rates and bill. “Sleuthing out a better energy plan.” Uses Tendril API.

8). A solar investment analysis calculator: Using a variety of open source data about solar and energy, the team created a free tool to offer consumers an easy interface for learning how much solar would cost. They used the Genability API for energy data, Zillow API for solar array, open PV calculator cost for solar array, NREL for solar data, and open APIs for rebates for solar in California. Open source piece of code from David Anderson.

9). Energy Battle: Developers at Tendril, created Energy Battle, which is an iPhone app that uses Genability and Tendril APIs. A social game where you can do battle with other regions in the U.S. Social games applied to the energy space. Built to look like AIMFight. Working code now.

10). Get Tarzan: “Get stuff done, save time, money and CO2.” Trip planner/calender that includes info about sustainability and transportation in real time with traffic data. Can help plan meetings for more efficient transportation.

11). Team Taco: A Google Chrome extension that is pure java script. TACO, total cost of ownership. Used to publicize the overall cost of ownership, including lifetime of energy consumption, based on personal data, onto a retail shop’s website like Lowe’s. If you’re shopping for a TV or lawnmower, you can use the extension to see how efficient the product is.

12). GreenScore: Answering the question how green is your city, or your state? Uses data about pollution, traffic, fuel consumption, to make clear visualizations. Empower the common man to understand the greenness around him.

13). FreshList App: A way to sell anything at its most fresh. Mobile app where you text the word “help” to a phone number to find a local market place. It’s a mobile barter systems between buyers and sellers looking to sell and buy the freshest of food. Also there’s a forecast piece that takes GPS data to forecast when crop will be harvested. The tool is meant to help people find more sustainable food and help farmers buy a market.

14). Kijani Grows: Kijani is Swahili for the color green, website Aquaponics is a way of growing plants and fish together in a highly efficient water recycling system. Using sensor data embedded in the aquaponic system you can connect with other sites like FreshList.

The 14 Cleanweb teams will be judged on:

  • Innovativeness
  • Impact
  • Creating slick UI
  • Extra points for working code
  • Points for awesomeness

The awards will be given out for categories:

  • Best overall
  • Biggest potential impact
  • Audience favorite
  • Most badass hack
  • Sexiest UI
  • Best use of Twilio API

Awards will include:

  • Legal advice from Wilson Sonsini + $500
  • Lunch with judges
  • $500 from Spring Ventures
  • From Twilio a Kindle 3G + bragging rights


  • Yves Behar, founder of Fuse Project
  • Lew Tucker, Cisco
  • James Joaquin, Partner at Catamount Ventures
  • Sunil Paul, Spring Ventures (and Cleanweb creator)
  • Eric Shiflet, Tendril
  • Scott Zimmermann, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati