Ontario government launch app competition to help promote energy conservation

by Andrew Roach on October 15, 2013

Provincial governments have tried utilising several different strategies to help promote ways and methods in which we can cut down our daily energy consumption which have had mixed results in the community.

Knowing how important technology is in our daily lives, officials in Ontario have launched a competition for developers across the country to create apps that generate awareness about saving energy.

The Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge is scheduled to last for 3 months and has already received backing from the Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli.

There will be cash prizes for the winning entry with $50,000 of prize funding allocated across the entire competition and split between 6 distinct categories.

Teams interested in the challenge will need to create apps that reflect how homes effectively use their energy and to encourage what people can do to cut down on wasting power when at home.

To give developers accurate information to work off, each team will be given access to data collected from smart meters to work how much is used in a given period.

Smart meters are now becoming one of the primary tools to help measure household energy usage with 4.7 million devices
installed in the province and homeowners will also be given special access to their own information through either their smartphone or mobile phone.

Each entry in the competition will need to meet certain criteria in order to be considered for prizes including working videos and images of the app working and being tested and it must also contain a special “Connect My Data” button which is backed by the Ontario government.

Developers have also been given a lot of choice in what platforms they can design their apps for with all major systems such as Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone 8 all being supported.

At the end of the competition, the winning Ontario entry will be awarded the Gold Award worth $20,000 with the Silver Award and Bronze Award winners being given $10,000 and $7,500 respectively.

Entries sent in from outside Ontario will compete in their own category where a $5,000 prize is available with a equivalent prize being allocated to the best entry from Universities across the province.

The public will also get the chance to have their say once the competition has ended with their votes being considered for the People’s Choice Award where a $2,500 prize is up for grabs.

By encouraging the public to get involved in the competition and targeting users of mobile devices, the Ontario government could have come up with an idea that could get people thinking about saving energy on a regular basis.

Not only that, but the winners of the Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge could help the province become one of the most sustainable energy regions across the entire country.

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