Ontario is inviting software developers to build new apps that help Ontarians conserve electricity and save money.
The Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge is offering $50,000 to support new apps that use electricity data collected by smart meters. The challenged is being hosted in partnership with the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.
The province’s investment in smart meters has built a smart grid and the Green Button Initiative will utilize it to empower consumers by providing easier access to their own electricity data and allowing them to securely share their data with mobile and web-based apps.
Submissions are being accepted until January 7 and awards will be announced next year. Awards up for grabs include Gold, Silver and Bronze, Best Student App, Best App Created Outside of Ontario, and People’s Choice.