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Calling all do-gooder developers looking for your next opportunity — we’re officially introducing the Cleanweb Hackathon, a developer contest and event, which will take place on the weekend of Sept. 10 and 11 in San Francisco.
The “Cleanweb” is the trend of using information technology — software, the web, social media, mobile — to address resource constraints and too many people on the planet looking to consume a limited amount of energy, food and water. Think startups like Airbnb and RelayRides, carpooling mobile apps and electric car charging maps like PlugShare. The theme is similar to our Green:Net conference, and investor and entrepreneur Sunil Paul, who coined the phrase Cleanweb, gave a speech on the topic at Green:Net in April (see video below).
Paul’s group is looking to bring in inspired and talented developers who want to create Cleanweb tools in an attempt to win some $5,000 worth of prizes. Sponsors of the event include Opower and Microsoft (s MSFT), and more details about prizes will be revealed closer to the date.
We’re looking to explore the creativity of developers, UI specialists and business people to create Cleanweb applications, and the goal will be to produce something usable by the end of the weekend, Paul told me in an interview. Contact the Cleanweb folks here to apply for the event. At the end of the weekend, the developers will be able to show their apps to the public during an open forum.