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Wednesday July 23, 2014

NY Convergence ORIGINAL

NY Hosts First Sustainability Hackathon

More than 100 developers and designers gathered over the weekend at NYU-Poly in Downtown Brooklyn as part of NYC Digital and Mayor Bloomberg‘s PlaNYCs Reinvent Green Hackathon. According to a statement from Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne, “In two short days we saw the development of powerful apps that help NYers recycle, find green markets, pool bicycles and much more.” Throughout the weekend, developers used a variety of the city’s open datasets in their designs, as new datasets were also unveiled to join existing sets such as:

  • energy consumption by zip code
  • the New York City Community Air Survey
  • solar maps
  • tree surveys
  • NY climate change projections

From now until July 15, Facebook users will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite app developed during the hackathon. Voting will take place here and the app with the most votes will be announced later this month.

NYC.gov