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Cleanweb Vancouver Hackathon uses technology to address sustainability


City officials hope environmentally-friendly apps will address the city's sustainablity issues
City officials hope environmentally-friendly apps will address the city's sustainablity issues

Staff writers

September 26, 2012 — This Saturday, Vancouver is calling on computer developers to "hack the planet."

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.

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