MassCEC Announces Winners of 2014 Boston Cleanweb Data Jam

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Kathryn Niforos
Jun 16, 2014 –

SOMERVILLE – Monday, June 16, 2014 - The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) today announced Water Hero as the $5,000 grand prize winner of the 2014 Boston Cleanweb Data Jam, which concluded Thursday at cleantech incubator Greentown Labs.

“Water Hero is a shining example of how quickly an innovative team working together can take an idea and turn it into a successful business venture, while using technology to help solve some of our greatest energy and water challenges,” said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton.

The competition brought together five teams that formed at this year’s Third Annual Boston Cleanweb Hackathon, a weekend-long competition held in April in which teams of coders, entrepreneurs and business professionals created web and mobile applications to tackle energy and sustainability problems.

Teams formed at the Boston Cleanweb Hackathon were invited to spend 90 days in the Data Jam program, receiving guidance from established clean energy companies, along with business courses and legal advice from law firm Posternak, Blankstein & Lund LLP.

"We at Posternak believe that many of the DataJam participants represent the next wave of exciting new cleantech companies, which will likely leave their mark on the Massachusetts economy for years to come," said David Barbash, the Managing Partner of Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP, one of the lead sponsors of the 2014 DataJam.

Five finalist teams pitched their businesses to a panel of experts Thursday night, vying to prove their companies were the most developed and commercially-viable.

The competition judges were David Miller, of Clean Energy Venture Group, Matthew Nordan, of MNL Partners, Emily Reichert, of Greentown Labs, and Ori Hernstadt, of FoundationDB.

“Data is like a giant lever to shift consumption of energy and other resources,” said Nordan. “Participants in this year’s Data Jam showed just how quickly impactful apps can be developed with today’s tools.”

Water Hero is leak detection and automatic water shutoff system that users can securely control with their smart phones.

“We are so proud and honored to win the DataJam and be affiliated with Greentown Labs,” said Dan Sterling, CEO of Water Hero. “This further motivates us to get Water Hero launched and is another shot of adrenaline on what has been a wild ride since the Hackathon.”