When HackVT started, it was built on the idea of bringing together friends and strangers to build a killer app for the state of Vermont. Five years later, we are excited to enlist the talented, creative minds that are HackVT to help the greenest state in the country continue its model of environmental innovation.

We may be the greenest state in the nation, but we’re Vermonters and we don’t rest on our laurels. Vermont has set aggressive goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2028 and 75% by 2050. And ours is the first state in the country to have a state-level climate assessment that provides data similar to the National Climate Assessment.

Rising temperatures, extreme weather events, and increasing precipitation impact our energy use, water resources, forests, farms, our economy and how we recreate.  As Governor Shumlin stated in 2011, “Climate impacts in Vermont include the loss of our hardwood trees including Sugar Maples, the spread of insect pests impacting our forests, waters and public health, and increased soil erosion.” Climate change has the potential to touch every facet of life in Vermont.

During this year’s HackVT, put your skills to the test and help us Hack the Climate. It’s one of our most pressing modern-day challenges, so let’s make our mark. The app you and your team develop just might put us on a very different path forward.


HackVT will be held at the brand new VCET @ BTV space, a beautiful 11,000 sq. foot coworking and startup accelerator space in downtown Burlington within the Fairpoint Technology Hub for start-ups, creatives, entrepreneurs and remote working professionals. 266 Main Street, Burlington.

Teams may arrive at 3pm to set up and start coding, and we'll kick the event off at 6pm for 24 hours of hacking and creative thinking. $20,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs! Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, as well as a special prize for the best student team!

Friday, October 9th      

  •   3:00 pm                      Registration Opens 
  •   4:00 pm-6:00 pm     Project Management Help
  •   6:00 pm                      Opening Remarks
  •   6:30 pm                      Dinner provided
  •   9:00 pm                      Quick Fire Challenge
  •   12:00 am                     Midnight Snacks

Saturday, October 10th

  •  4:00 am                         Quick Fire Challenge
  •   8:00 am                        Breakfast provided
  •   11:00 am                       LaunchVT Pitch Prep Session
  •   12:00 pm                      Lunch provided
  •   12:00 pm-3:00 pm     Sign up to demo at registration desk
  •   3:15 pm                         Presentations start (3 minutes each)
  •   4:30pm-6:30pm         FairPoint Reception
  •   5:15 pm                         Judges Deliberate
  •   6:15 pm                         Closing Remarks and Raffle Prizes
  •   6:30 pm                        Winners Announced and Prizes Awarded  


  1. Teams will be provided with a list of energy data sets of which they must use at least ONE. You may also choose to use additional data sets, APIs, plugins or scripts of your own.
  2. Teams may have between one and five members.
  3. All entries must be your original work and developed AT the hackathon.

Read the full Terms & Conditions.
Questions about the rules? Email us.


  • Execution of Climate Change Theme - Does the app's content or intended audience address climate change in some special way? How well does the app express the climate change and Vermont theme?
  • Innovation - Is the solution a different take on an existing application or is it truly unique? Does the app mash up data or services that you wouldn’t have thought would work together? Is the solution more technically challenging than the others?
  • Ambition - Does the app do one thing or does it have a lot of functionality? Was the idea behind the app creative? What was added to the app to make it special or more useful?
  • User Experience - Does the app's UI look sloppy or is it professional? Is it a compelling user experience? Is the app easy to use? Does the app's workflow make sense? Is it intuitive?
  • Presentation Quality/Impact - Did the team stay within the time limit of their presentation? Was the team able to communicate their idea and translate it to the app they produced?
  • Overall Quality - Does the app work completely from start to finish? Was there anything in the app that wasn't fully implemented (e.g. a link to nowhere or a button with no action)? How many bugs were encountered? Were they severe? Did the team scope their app's features well given the time frame?
  • Other - Demerits for "brought" code.



Meet the 2015 Hackathon Judges

This group of judges represents the wide scope of tech and energy expertise and innovation we have in the state of Vermont. They are excited to take part in the hackathon and provide their support – and advice – to another group of hackers.

  • Elizabeth Miller

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    Elizabeth Miller served as Governor Peter Shumlin’s Chief of Staff from January     2013 to May 2015. She was the Commissioner of the Vermont Public Service Department in 2011-12, leading the Shumlin Administration’s energy policy and spearheading Vermont’s first Comprehensive Energy Plan in over a decade.

  • headshot_lowJustin Cutroni

    Analytics Advocate @ Google

    Justin is a consultant, author, and the Analytics Evangelist for Google. In his current role at Google Justin is responsible for user education and global enthusiasm around digital analytics. He publishes the blog Analytics Talk and has authored or co-authored three books.

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    Artur Adib

    Senior Software Engineer @ Twitter

    Artur is a Senior Software Engineer at Twitter. He has worked previously at Mozilla on the Firefox browser and at the National Institutes of Health as a faculty member.


  • Asa_HackVTAsa Hopkins

    Director of Energy Policy and Planning @ Vermont Public Service Department

    Dr. Asa Hopkins is the Director of Energy Policy and Planning at the Vermont Public Service Department. His division is responsible for state energy planning, oversight of utility planning, energy efficiency programs, the Clean Energy Development Fund, and the crafting of state energy policy. In a former life, he also dabbled in database-backed web applications.


  • Dr. Elaine Young

    Professor Digital and Social Media Marketing @ Champlain College

    Elaine is a professor of Digital and Social Media Marketing at Champlain College where she’s been teaching Digital Marketing for over 14 years. She has developed numerous courses at Champlain, and is currently responsible for teaching in the Digital Marketing specialization where students take courses in Web Analytics, Advanced Digital Marketing and Managing Online Communities. She is also the author of Tuned-In Family: How to Cope, Communicate, and Connect in a Digital World.

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