The Roma Cleanweb Hackathon was recently held the weekend of Friday, November 30th through Sunday, December 2nd 2012. Hosted by the Roma Tre University, the participating teams of developers, designers, and volunteer professionals were invited to create and present web/mobile applications which generate a positive impact in the areas of energy, water, waste management, and transport.
Roma Tre University is a fabulous venue in the Via della Vasca Navale. Previous events hosted here have been Codemotion and Global Game Jam. Both of which offer a rich, support context for the Cleanweb 48-hour open encounter dedicated to “hands-on software innovation” for sustainability.
Data sets were provided in the following areas:
- Open Data/Open Government
- Home Automation
Co-founder Blake Burris says: “From the earliest planning staging, I promote that idea that Cleanweb could be the silver lining of the economic crisis in Italy if young developers would recognize the opportunity to build solutions to address big challenges related to energy efficiency, transportation and waste.” From the turn-out at this weekend’s event, it appears that there are plenty of young developers who agree with him.
One of the high-points of the weekend was the appearance of the US Ambassador, David Thorne. According to Burris; “In our meeting with US Ambassador, David Thorne, at the Embassy in Rome, he explained he was doing something similar with his Digital Economic Forum; which aims to bring the success of digital technologies that have contributed dramatically to US growth in the last decade, to the Italian market.”
The spirit of Cleanweb Hackathon is to show what can be created in a weekend; specifically, it is an opportunity to apply web, mobile and social media technologies to resource constraint issues, such as; energy, waste, transportation, and water efficiency. Thanks to the experts and partners involved, it also presents the opportunity to learn about current challenges, open data for sustainability and the state of the art of Cleanweb in the US and across Europe.
With the blasting success of Roma Cleanweb Hackathon with 100 developers, designers and experts working around the clock this weekend at Roma Tre University and 17 app teams presenting to a full auditorium Sunday afternoon.
Here’s the list of Roma Cleanweb Hackathon winners:
The 1st prize of the app competition was awarded to the team “Pool Me Up” who were awarded € 3.500 for their original car/motorbike sharing app.
The 2nd prize of € 1.000 was assigned by the jury to the team “Breath-In” for their app for personal mobile environment information.
The 3rd prize of € 500 went to the team “Nobutho” for their app for intelligent reuse/recycling.
The winners of the additional special challenge “Guerrilla Cyclers Mobile App” offered by platinum sponsor Filas was the team “Drop Share” awarded with € 2.000 for their social app promoting eco-sustainable mobility.
Further silver sponsor Amazon Web Services attributed to the #1, #2 and #3 winning teams respectively US$ 1.800, US$ 800 and US$ 400 of credits for Amazon Web Services.
The sponstaneous announcement of € 20,000 prize from Luigi Capello of EnLabs to thunderous applause and surprise by first-place team. With this pleasant surprise, Burris remarked, “I thought I was in Silicon Valley!”
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