February 10, 2017

Overnight Innovation: The 2016 Boston Cleanweb Hackathon

Julia Guilardi, Multimedia Fellow

The Fifth Annual Boston Cleanweb Hackathon proved that overnight innovation really is possible—all you need is a great idea and a passionate team.

This year’s event, held at LogMeIn headquarters in partnership with Greentown Labs, saw 80 participants try and tackle the Hackathon’s challenge: creating a web-based application to promote energy efficiency and responsible energy use among consumers and businesses. With thousands of dollars at stake, the teams – which consisted of students, programmers, software developers, entrepreneurs and energy experts – brought their ‘A’ games and developed 11 groundbreaking new programs in only 30 hours.

The big winner? Energy Bee, a digital platform where consumers can set and track goals for energy use and spending. MassCEC announced Energy Bee as the grand prize winner, and the team behind the app – Chris Kwan, Greyson Griffin, Christina Kayastha and Brian Chitester – was awarded $5,000 for their efforts.

Energy Bee serves as a goal-setting app for users who are interested in reducing their daily energy use. Users can track their progress toward reaching their goals, as well as challenge and compete against friends to see who can save the most energy. By proactively monitoring their energy consumption, users can cut costs and save money.

Although Energy Bee took home the grand prize, it wasn’t the only great idea to come out of the 2016 Hackathon. The $3,500 second place prize was awarded to TrueCost, an app that lets users counteract the effects of e-commerce purchases. Taking home the $1,500 third place prize was CivicArena, an app that makes it easier for users to connect with policymakers on environmental issues. ElementTech, an app providing utility resource management solutions for residents and small businesses, was the recipient of the $1,000 Crowd Favorite prize.

MassCEC – along with Posternak, LLP, the Cadmus Group, LogMeIn and Utility API – is proud to showcase the capabilities of cleanweb innovators in Massachusetts and beyond. Thanks to everyone who joined us for an exciting weekend of networking, programming, developing and pitching—we’re already looking forward to next year!