Human use, population, and technology have reached that certain stage where mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence.Dalai Lama XIV
There’s a quote from the fourteenth Dalai Lama, cited above, that alludes to a current crosswalk between technological and ecological interests in our collective environment, within and without of the internet. With the profusion of digital projects mapping our lives to a google maps topography, we’ve become culturally fascinated by charting and comparing our trajectories via a pool of open data programs, both past and present. CG is no stranger to this trend, having initiated a few transit mapping projects in tandem with extracurricular programming. A few months ago, our support of Hack n’Jill’s Hacksgiving led to a cross-town hack collaboration with the CartoDB team’s EcoHack on a post-hurricane Sandy cooperative mapping project, and previous blogposts have pitched and promoted efforts like 596 Acres’ project to map the potential for community greenspace in NYC, or the Million Tree’s Project and Canopy’s initiative to track tree planting throughout the five boroughs in the name of greater bio-diversity and networked eco-hacktivism.
Given our interests in civic infrastructure and eco-friendly technologies, I was privileged to be one of four judges at the Big Apps Hackathon at New Work City this past weekend. The day-long event hosted a pretty awesome suite of internet of things projects, hardware and software mashup apps all promoting clean web and environmentally green practices for NYC. The Cleanweb Initiative aims to support these continuous events and efforts as well as a greater program aimed at targeting social media and open data for sustainable, cleantech solutions to our contemporary ecological issues.
All of the projects that resulted from Saturday’s Hackday can be found here: Clean Web Hacker Page. And winners are cited below. Please support them as them as they move to the early-June Big Apps competition. Interested parties are also invited to join the Cleanweb team for social drinks this evening, and or at the next Cleanweb event, entitled “Is IT the Secret to a New Energy Future?”
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 7:00pm-9:00pm
The WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton Street, NYC
- SolarList: way of enlisting college activists to conduct solar surveys of homes via a mobile app, and then submit that information to local contractors
- Smoke Connecter: a modified smoke detector to text you with air quality updates and map these data eventually
- Climafy: an assessment application to make your property green and automated RFP service to connect you with contractors that can make this happen
- Waste Check: way of enlisting college activists to conduct solar surveys of homes via a mobile app, and then submit that information to local contractors
- SolPatch: a text service for remote monitoring of solar panels
- PKG Shrink: a way of instagram-shaming companies who over-package their products, thereby encouraging their more eco-conscious repackaging