Solar Hackathon

Thanks to everyone who came out to hack or support the event!

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Can you build an app in a weekend? Do you thrive in dynamic teams? Are you a creator, visionary and executor all in one?

Come hack solar.
5:30 PM Friday, June 8th – Sunday June 10th
55 Harrison St, Oakland
(Quick 10 minute BART or 20 minute Ferry from San Francisco)

$2000 – Best Overall App
$1000 – Best User Experience
$1000 – Best Technical Accomplishment

Watch our live stream of the event:

  • 7:00pm PST Friday June 8th- Hackathon Launch with Oakland’s mayor Jean Quan
  • 1:00pm PST Sunday June 10th – Hackathon project demonstrations

The Solar Hackathon brings innovative programmers, designers, and business minds together for one weekend to develop ways to accelerate solar energy adoption.  Participants build web-based solutions to make it easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable for people to power their lives with sunshine.

Create novel mobile tech solutions that will shape the future of the solar industry.
Compete and innovate with creative professionals to form teams and build web apps.
Network with industry specialists, prominent community members, and investors.
Win cash prizes for the best apps.

All food provided.

All teams will have access to on-the-ground coaching by experienced entrepreneurs.



We are looking for two types of participants:
Type 1: those who can take a problem or a parameter and turn it into a functional idea that can both be used and appeal to judges and consumers.
- Entrepreneurs
– Business Women/Men
– Creative Minds
Type 2: those who can take the marketable idea and convert it into marketable product through web design, programing, or the creation of a mobile application.

– Web designers/developers
– App designers/developers
– Programmers
– Graphic Designers

These are the general types of people that we are looking for to participate in the Solar Hackathon, we would love to have people that do not prescribe to these guidelines but can add a different perspective in the development process.  We are trying to spark the creativity to lead the solar industry into a new era.   To do this we need people who defy old notions and have the ingenuity to play a role brightening our energy future.


Date: June 8th-10th, 2012

Time: Registration begins at 5:30pm on June 8th and awards will be presented on Sunday June 10th around 4:00pm.

Location: 55 Harrison Street, Third Floor, Jack London Square Oakland, CA 94612

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Once participants register they will sign up with Hacker League to meet other participants and form balanced teams of 2-3 people.

Each team should include both participant types: someone who can develop the idea from the problem set and visualize the final product plus someone who can develop the product in mind.

Some participants will find it necessary or desirable to spend night at the venue, sleep or not.  To accommodate those who stay at 55 Harrison for the entire weekend, we will provide comfortable chairs and bean bags that can function as both chair and bed. Participants may also bring their own blankets/sleeping bags/ pillows./

For those who do not stay at the venue and do not live or have sleeping accommodations close enough, hotels can be found nearby.

Participants will be provided light snacks and drinks on Friday night; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast and lunch Sunday as well.  In between meals snacks will be provided featuring a mix of both sweet/energy and healthy foods.

Registration will begin at 5:30 with the event beginning at 7 with opening comments made by the mayor of Oakland.

Each team will receive one-on-one guidance from a coach that has experience in entrepreneurship, design, or web development to assist the team in creating a useful, appealing, and polished product. The event will end at blank on Sunday June 10th


Each team will be matched with a coach that will provide one-on-one advice.  Coaches consist of a mix of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, startup incubator members, startup attorneys, and subject experts focused on development, design, and marketing. Coaches often provide both immediately actionable and long term advice.


Each team will pitch their final product to a panel of judges at the end of the event. The judge panel often contains investors that take interest in ideas pitched at the end of the Hackathon. Experienced entrepreneurs often sit on the panel that can provide invaluable advice that spans multiple fields.


The event will offer several speeches by prominent community and fields members that can offer invaluable expertise, advice and motivation.


Friday – June 8th

5:30 Participant registration begins
→ Ice Breaker with drinks, light food, networking and team formation.
→ Sponsor Tabling Begins
6:45 Mayor arrives
6:50 Danny Kennedy from Sungevity and Blake Burriss from Cleanweb Give Opening remarks and introduces mayor
7:00 Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland Speaks
7:15 Danny retakes the stage and gives a simple explanation of the solar industry, Sungevity’s role, the insipiration for some of the problems, and the intent of the competition
7:40 Idea Pitch
8:00-8:45 Team Formation

Saturday – June 9th

8-9 Light Breakfast → Sponsor Tabling Begins
9-9:30 API and Data Set Pitches
9:30-10 Intro To Hackathon (for those new to hackathons
10 Coding Begins
12-1 Lunch → Sponsor Speaking Opportunity
3 Snacks and Coffee put out
6-7 Dinner → Sponsor Tabling Ends
9 Coffee, Energy Drinks, and Snacks put out


8-9 Breakfast → Sponsor Tabling
12:30 Sponsors have time to speak → Judges arrive
1 Judging periods begins → Apps and Details are due
1:30 App Presentations Begin
3:30 Winner Announced, Awards are given, and Hackathon ends
→ Danny, Blake and Sponsors make closing remarks
4:30 Clean up begins