Green Mountain Power Joins Leading Vermont Companies to Host 24-hour Energy Innovation Competition

19 September 2014

Registration now open for the 4th annual hackathon inviting participants to create digital solutions to benefit the community and support the state’s ongoing efforts to transform Vermont’s energy future

Colchester, VT – Green Mountain Power is pleased to host the fourth annual Vermont Hackathon (HackVT) which will take place on October 10th and 11th at the brand new Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) co-working space in downtown Burlington. The 24-hour event will challenge participants to create a digital product, app, or website that supports the state’s vision of an affordable, efficient and renewable energy future for all Vermonters.

“Consumers demand smart energy products that empower us to better understand and control our energy use,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “Events like this give the most innovative thinkers in our state a fun and practical experience to develop possible solutions to our toughest energy challenges. Through collaboration and teamwork, I have no doubt that we will see new ideas and potential products come from this event.”

Governor Shumlin again declared October as Tech Month in Vermont by recognizing HackVT, Tech Jam and other events taking place during the month that support and promote high tech industries and the good jobs they provide for Vermonters.

“I’m excited to see what our talented and creative tech community will bring to life in just 24 hours,” said Governor Peter Shumlin, who has officially declared October as Tech Month in Vermont. “Vermont is a national leader in sustainable energy, and we are creating a model for our energy future. This year's hackathon will help the state continue its energy innovation as we push toward our 90 percent renewable by 2050 green energy goals, and it highlights the breadth of our strong green energy economy here in Vermont.”

Teams of up to five participants will begin 24 hours of coding, app development and creative collaboration on October 10th. Participants will be required to use at least one of the energy data sets provided, which include unique data sets provided by Green Mountain Power and partners like Efficiency Vermont.

Each team will have the opportunity to present their app to a panel of judges who will evaluate the app based on criteria that includes how well it executes the energy theme, user experience, impact and overall quality and more. The panel of judges is comprised of Vermonters with established credentials in the technology and/or energy industry, including Justin Cutroni, Analytics Evangelist at Google, Asa Hopkins, Director of Energy Policy and Planning for the State of Vermont, and others.

The hackathon was first established in 2011 to bring together the digital tech community to foster a culture of innovation that will help to retain and attract digital professionals to grow Vermont’s technology sector. Green Mountain Power joins the event this year to further evolve and support the state’s ongoing efforts to transform Vermont’s energy future.

Registration is free and open to the public, and participants will be competing to win more than $20,000 in cash and prizes. Interested participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible as space is limited. For more information and to register visit hackvt.com. 

Presenting sponsors include Green Mountain Power, MyWebGrocer, Dealer.com and Fairpoint Communications. 

About Green Mountain Power

Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best small company in America by empowering customers to save money and move to clean energy sources. GMP recognizes the role of electric utilities is changing and is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated services, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GreenMountainPower) and Twitter @GreenMtnPower (https://twitter.com/greenmtnpower). 

About MyWebGrocer
MyWebGrocer drives digital connections between consumers, grocery retailers, and Consumer Packaged Goods brands, offering a breadth of shopper marketing services supported by a comprehensive technology platform. MWG manages digital solutions for more than 180 retailers nationally, representing more than 10,000 stores, and 500+ major consumer packaged goods brands. For more information: www.mywebgrocer.com.

About FairPoint Communications, Inc.?FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP) provides advanced data, voice and video technologies to single and multi-site businesses, public and private institutions, consumers, wireless companies and wholesale re-sellers in 17 states. Leveraging an owned, fiber-core Ethernet network, including more than 16,000 route miles of fiber in northern New England, FairPoint has the network coverage, scalable bandwidth and transport capacity to support enhanced applications, including the next generation of mobile and cloud-based communications, such as small cell wireless backhaul technology, voice over IP, data center colocation services, managed services and disaster recovery. For more information, visit www.FairPoint.com.

About Dealer.com
Dealer.com, a Dealertrack Technologies Solution (NASDAQ: TRAK), provides an integrated platform of Inventory, Advertising, Website and CRM products which allow OEMs, dealer groups, retailers and agencies to leverage advanced digital technology and data to better engage and connect with their customers. Based in Burlington, Vermont, Dealer.com practices a deep commitment to its culture of innovation, with a focus on health and wellness, making it one of the most desirable places to work, and a valuable partner for automotive retailers.

Contact: Kristin Carlson, Green Mountain Power, (802) 229-8200