A 24 hour hackathon to create a brighter energy future for Vermont.
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. Now more than ever, the state is focused on creating a cleaner energy future with goals to shift towards 90% renewables and a 50% reduction in energy usage by 2050.
With that in mind, we are thrilled to bring together the talented, creative and brilliant minds of HackVT to aid in the state’s vision of an affordable, efficient and renewable future for all Vermonters.
“I’m excited to see what our talented and creative tech community will bring to life in just 24 hours,” said Governor Peter Shumlin, who has officially declared October as Tech Month in Vermont. “Vermont is a national leader in sustainable energy, and we are creating a model for our energy future. This year's hackathon will help the state continue its energy innovation as we push toward our 90 percent renewable by 2050 green energy goals, and it highlights the breadth of our strong green energy economy here in Vermont.” Want to learn more about this year's energy theme? Learn more here.
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.
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. There is $20,000 in cash and prizes 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 Coaching Available
- 6:00 pm Opening Remarks
- 6:30 pm Dinner provided
- 7:00 pm - 9:00pm Project Management Coaching Available
- 12:00 am Midnight Snacks
Saturday, October 10th
- 4:00 am Quick Fire Challenge
- 7:00 am Breakfast provided
- 9:00 am Quick Fire Challenge
- 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 Finish Line Frenzy Cocktail Reception
- 5:15 pm Judges Deliberate
- 6:15 pm Closing Remarks and Raffle Prizes
- 6:30 pm Winners Announced and Prizes Awarded
- 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.
- Teams may have between one and five members.
- All entries must be your original work and developed AT the hackathon.
- Execution of Energy Theme - Does the app's content or intended audience pertain to the energy industry or consumer in some special way? How well does the app express the energy 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 2014 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.
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.
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.
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.
Co-founder and Managing Director @ FreshTracks Capital
Cairn Cross is the co-founder and one of the managing partners of FreshTracks Capital a venture capital fund with a focus on investing in Vermont companies. He is also a lecturer for the School of Business at the University of Vermont.
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.
If you are interested in sponsoring HackVT, fill out this form and email it back to us. A special thanks to all our 2015 sponsors for making this event possible.
"Wow - what an overwhelming success! I was personally blown away by how well it was organized and managed. We are eager for next year's hackathon."
– C2, 2012 Gold Sponsors