San Diego SmartCity Hackathon and Innovation Program Taps Public and Private Sector for Climate Change Solutions

City of San Diego, UCSD, technology companies, developers and
inventors partner to find creative solutions to meet the City’s Climate
Action Plan and commercialize winning concepts

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ClimateChange–Public and private sectors in San Diego are combining forces in the
first San
Diego SmartCity Hackathon and Innovation Program
beginning the
weekend of May 20 – 22, 2016 at the University of California, San Diego
(UCSD). The goal: bring together developers, designers and creative
thinkers to come up with novel solutions to support climate action and
support them with data, resources, and the chance to commercialize their

The City of San Diego has identified five strategic areas of focus to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the quality of life for area
residents: climate resiliency; energy and water efficiency; clean and
renewable energy; zero waste; and biking, walking, transit, and land
use. Hackathon teams are challenged to come up with solutions to help
meet the goals of the City’s climate action plan and develop ways to
contribute to the future prosperity and high quality of life for San

The San Diego SmartCity Hackathon will be the kickoff event to a larger
SmartCity Innovation Program.

“The City is invested in this project because we know that by partnering
with the university and business community we can build a competitive
advantage for San Diego,” said David Graham, Deputy COO of the City of
San Diego. “We see the SmartCity Hackathon and the Innovation Program as
creative ways to tap the rich talent in our city and find inventive
solutions to combat climate change.”

Those interested in the challenge can form teams and apply to
participate in the San Diego SmartCity Hackathon and Innovation Program
by registering at
no later than May 6.

Once teams have been accepted to participate they will have access to
about 500 data sets from the City and Hackathon partners, some of which
have not been made public in the past. Approximately 20 percent are
about places and geography, another 20 percent are about biology and
biological systems. Energy production and usage also make up a sizable
portion of the sets. The rest cover a broad spectrum of local and global
weather pattern information, data about San Diego infrastructure and
transit, City contracts, and other public datasets. Participants are
free to incorporate any data they feel necessary to support their

“The main goal for San Diego SmartCity Hackathon is to crowdsource the
most innovative technology solutions from our private and public sectors
in the City of San Diego, including tech, academia, corporations,
independent software developers, designers and others. They can help the
City deliver on the five strategies within its Climate Action Plan and
commercialize the winning solutions,” said Daniel Obodovski, San Diego
SmartCity Hackathon organizer and author of The Silent Intelligence.

The winning Hackathon entry that best addresses a climate action
challenge will be awarded $5,000 in prize money, provided by The San
Diego Foundation. All other finalists will receive notable prizes that
will be announced at the beginning of the Hackathon.

The Innovation Program will be a continuation of the Hackathon by
providing mentorship, additional research and development, and data
sources for participants wishing to pursue a path to commercialization
of solutions to meet climate change challenges.

“The top prize is a draw for sure, but we believe the biggest award for
the finalists of the Hackathon is the potential for one or more of the
Hackathon participants to commercially implement the proposed solution
and/or assistance with further research and development,” said Professor
Sujit Dey, Director for Center of Wireless Communications at UCSD.

Organizers of the San Diego SmartCity Hackathon and Innovation Program
are The
Center for Wireless Center for Wireless Communications at UCSD
, The
Silent Intelligence
and the
City of San Diego

Partners and sponsors include Open
San Diego
, FabLab
San Diego
, Cleantech
San Diego
, CyberHive
San Diego
, Qualcomm,
, OSIsoft,
San Diego Foundation
, Clearpoint
, and Emory,
Ludwig LLP

More information about the San Diego SmartCity Hackathon and Innovation
Program can be found here –


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