Join PJM on Feb. 7 and 8 for a DOE Code-A-Thon to Create Innovative Energy Apps

Code-A-ThonPJM Interconnection and the U.S. Department of Energy invite energy enthusiasts, those with coding skills, and PJM members, employees and contractors to brainstorm, collaborate and begin creating apps designed to address today’s energy challenges. PJM will host an American Energy Data Challenge Code-A-Thon on Feb. 7 and 8 at the PJM Conference and Training Center in Valley Forge, Pa.


Participants will create teams and work to build an app based on the application programming interfaces provided, the Green Button initiative or one of the DOE Challenge ideas provided. At the end of the event, submissions will be judged by an expert panel as well as the public. First prize for the best app is $1,500 and second prize is $1,000. Apps can also be entered in the nationwide contest where up to $100,000 in prizes will be awarded by DOE.

Want to get involved? Check out the Code-A-Thon Flyer (PDF) for more information including the agenda and register for the event by Feb. 6. There is no cost to participate. Participants must commit to both days of the event and must be pre-registered to participate.


PJM is hosting the Code-A-Thon to support and facilitate the exploration of new and emerging innovative technologies that can benefit the electric industry and consumers.

The American Energy Data Challenge, which was launched in November, consists of four contests held quarterly. More than 100 ideas were submitted during the first contest, with a total of $10,000 awarded to 12 winners in December. The Apps for Energy II contest will run until March 9, with winners announced in late March. Two additional challenges — Energy Data by Design and the American Energy Challenge — will be rolled out in the coming months, culminating in a call for bold ideas to re-imagine America’s energy infrastructure. More information and rules are available online.

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