MaRS Energy Hackathon

Sep 07, 2013 8:00 am to Sep 08, 2013 5:00 pm

MaRS Auditorium
101 College Street
Toronto, ON

The MaRS Energy Hackathon is coming to Toronto this September and we want to see you there!

September 7 to 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Developers, designers, energy experts, budding entrepreneurs


We are calling on developers, designers, energy experts and budding entrepreneurs to create apps and hardware that make use of the Green Button open API and other sample datasets. The goal? Your brainchild will help consumers better understand, access and manage their electricity consumption.

The Green Button allows Ontarians to access and share electricity data in a standardized, secure manner. Access to smart meter data—and the ability to share that data with innovative applications, products, services, and solutions—can help Ontario households and businesses conserve energy and better manage their electricity bills. More information on Green Button can be found at www.greenbuttondata.ca.

The Green Button standard has already been adopted across the United States (including federally!), and is starting to take hold across Ontario. In fact, to date, it’s allowed 2.6 million Ontarians to access and share their electricity data.

On September 7 and 8, come to MaRS to build an app, create a gadget and join the Green Button Revolution!


  • Best App (value: $1,500)
  • Best App – First Runner-Up (value: $1,000)
  • Best App – Second Runner-Up (value: $500)
  • Chagpar & Associates-backed Prepr Innovation Grant (approximate value: $5,000)
  • Pivot Design Group Award for Best UX/Design (approximate value: $5,000)
  • 5 free Tuts+Premium subscriptions (approximate value: $900)
  • 5 free accounts for Squarespace for 1 year (approximate value: $500)

Applications are open until September 7—sign up early to ensure you get a spot!


Participants must agree to the MaRS Hackathon Rules 2013 in order to participate in the Hackathon. Participants will be asked to sign a copy of the rules on the day of the event.

  • To access read-only information about the Green Button Connect My Data standard, please visit the NAESB site at www.naesb.org/ESPI_standards.asp and refer to #4, under “Accessing the Standard and/or the Ontario Ministry of Energy Reference Architecture”
  • All developers should take a look at “Privacy by Design: Fundamentals for Smart Grid App Developers” at http://bit.ly/1djIEat


If you have any questions, please read our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Lindsay Archibald at larchibald@marsdd.com

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