Cleanweb Initiative Launches the First Cleanweb Hackathon in the Pacific Northwest

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On May 17th, Portland will kick off its first Cleanweb Hackathon at Earth Advantage in Downtown Portland. The event is a gathering of software developers, designers, innovators, students and cleantech entrepreneurs to brainstorm solutions that address global resource constraints.

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The Cleanweb Hackathon Series began in San Francisco in September 2011, which was a sold-out event with over a hundred participants that resulted in fourteen software and mobile applications. Cleanweb later mushroomed into a global movement with community spawning movement in over a dozen cities around North America and Europe and most recently the formation of The Cleanweb Initiative, a new non-profit industry association.

"We're thrilled to see Cleanweb taking root in Portland where there’s such a rich culture of innovation, environmental awareness bundled with a strong startup ecosystem. Given the local support for this Hackathon to kick of the Cleanweb dialog, I can envision Portland becoming a new hive of activity in the region,” said Blake Burris, CEO of The Cleanweb Initiative.

Portland’s inaugural event is led by the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) in collaboration with Portland Startup Weekend, PDX UX and Pearl Technology Management. The President of TAO, Skip Newberry summarized the event, “the Cleanweb Hackathon is a perfect way for us to bring together thought-leaders, technologists, and entrepreneurs from two of Oregon’s leading industries—tech and cleantech--with the goal of spurring innovation and addressing important global issues such as energy and waste management.”

The local Cleanweb organizing team has received time, financial and in-kind support from firms including Earth Advantage, Portland Development Commission, Portland State University, Oregon BEST, Rebright Industries, Cascade Web Development and Your Brand Live.

The 6:00 PM Friday night kick-off social provides opportunities for participants to discuss project ideas, scout out team members, learn hackathon 101 basics and to network with investors and attendees while enjoying music, food and beer donated by Ninkasi.

On Saturday morning, teams will assemble at Energy Advantage’s office for a briefing on API, data sets and project ideas before diving into development of their applications that tackle Portland’s environmental resource challenges in energy, transportation, water, waste and other sustainable issues by leveraging web, mobile and social media technologies. The hackathon will conclude Sunday with teams presenting their apps to investors and infotech industry leaders in the hope of winning the first prize of $3,500.

Event details and registration information are posted at this link: http://portland.cleanweb.co/

About Cleanweb
The Cleanweb Hackathon is a gathering to demonstrate the impact of applying information technology to resource constraints. The Cleanweb Initiative, a 501(c)(6) industry association, brings together developers, designers and business professionals dedicated to optimizing resource use and accelerating cleantech development. Participants are tasked with building applications leveraging web, mobile social technology coupled with available open data sets and APIs.

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