Call for new apps to address ‘sustainable energy for all’
ITU and Telefónica co-host 2012 app-development
Geneva, 1 February 2012 - ITU and Telefónica have announced
two challenges to uncover innovative ICT approaches to support the 2012
Year for Sustainable Energy for All’.
The Green ICT Hackathon will take place on 28-29 February during
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, while the 2nd Green ICT
Application Challenge is now open for the submission of Concept Papers
until 13 April, 2012.
Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, ITU: “Sustainable energy for all is
crucial to the future of modern civilization. ITU is committed to stimulating
the creation of innovative ICT apps founded on new modes of thinking; ideas to
effect the change needed to achieve a sustainable future.”
Alberto Andreu Pinillos, Chief Reputation and Sustainability Officer at
Telefónica: “The Green ICT Hackathon is part of the joint activities of
Telefónica’s Global Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Office,
Movistar Spain and Bluevia, Telefónica’s global developer platform. These
initiatives have a double objective – first, to support developers with great
ideas, and second, to foster green ICT applications for energy efficiency and
Green ICT Hackathon
A ‘hackathon’ is an application-development marathon where developers compete
to create innovative apps within a defined timeframe. The Green ICT
Hackathon will be an opportunity for developers from all over the world to
compete in developing an ICT application with sustainable energy as its core.
After what seems certain to be a frenetic two days of competition, the winner
and runner-up of the Green ICT Hackathon will be awarded cash prizes of
USD 3,000 and USD 2,000 respectively. The awards will be made onsite during
Mobile World Congress on 29 February, and are intended to fuel further
development of the most promising apps. Supported by ITU and Telefónica, the
event also benefits from additional support from Nokia as part of its global
strategy for sustainability worldwide.
The 2nd Green ICT Application Challenge
The 2nd Green ICT Application Challenge invites innovative Concept
Papers for ICT applications that support ‘sustainable energy for all’. As the
global economy undergoes a necessary shift towards renewable energy sources and
sustainable energy production, ICT is playing a key role in transforming energy
distribution, with technologies such as smart grid, smart metering, smart
billing and electro-mobility allowing people to exert more direct control over
the volume of energy they consume.
ITU encourages entrants to submit Concept Papers that build on these exciting
innovations, suggesting new ways in which users can improve their own energy
The winning entry will receive a cash prize of USD 3,000 at an award ceremony
to take place during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
(Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.
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