Vancouver plans to become the greenest city in the world by 2020, and city officials are hoping a group of software developers can bring them closer to their goal.
On Saturday, Vancouver will be hosting a 12-hour "hackathon" to generate phone and web apps that will address the city's sustainability issues.
Prizes will be awarded to the highest-ranking teams, which will be judged by a panel of eco-leaders.
Apps developed at previous hackathons have run the environmental gamut -- from CommuterScore, which analyzes traffic trends, to FreshList, which locates sustainable food markets.
San Francisco hosted the first Cleanweb Hackathon in 2011. Fourteen environmentally-friendly apps were created during the inaugural event.