On Saturday, May 18, NYC got a taste of Cleanweb’s power for rapid innovation at the Cleanweb Developer Day, sponsored by the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE). Hosted at New Work City, nearly 100 developers and designers combined forces to tackle issues such as solar energy, food waste, smarter buildings and climate resilience. Participants spent the day writing code, hacking hardware and learning from advisors, at the event organized with strategic partners Solar One, Pure Energy Partners, NYC ACRE and the Cleanweb Initiative.
Today, we announced a Request for Proposals seeking an organization to implement and operate the NYC Clean Technology Entrepreneur Center. To help further diversify New York City’s economy, NYCEDC will partner with an operator to facilitate the growth of the clean technology and energy sectors by assisting entrepreneurs and companies with the challenges they face in starting and growing early-stage businesses in New York City. The Center will concentrate resources and provide a focal point for the industry by creating a multi-use space combining business acceleration, product demonstration and educational programming tailored to the industry’s unique needs. Find out more.
The Science Barge greenhouse is a prototype of sustainable urban farm floating on the Hudson River. The greenhouse grows an abundance of fresh produce including tomatoes, melons, greens, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff.
Just backed this worthy Kickstarter project (via poptech):
TAKING CHARGE will be a pocket guide to the emerging synergies of portable solar energy, cell phone technology and natural resource management in ten remote river communities on the Arapiuns River in Brazil’s Amazon region.
nycedc on the 9/28-9/30 hackathon in conjunction with Climate Week NYC:
Standing room only for app demos at the January 2012 NYC Cleanweb Hackathon. (Photo credit: Jean Barmash)
David Gilford, Assistant Director at NYCEDC, takes a look at the changing face of cities’ sustainability practices on the C40 blog. With the upcoming 2012 Cleanweb Hackathon this weekend, find out how ”pizza-fueled” hackers are helping to solve urban sustainability challenges with data, innovation, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
The upcoming Cleanweb Hackathon in New York (taking place September 28-30, 2012) will show how cities can stimulate innovation by combining entrepreneurship and open data. “Cleanweb” is a developing global movement that encourages the application of web, social media, and mobile technologies to address resource constraints. The “Hackathon”, a technique borrowed from web developers, is an intense weekend in which small teams build applications in just two days.
Stimulus funding accelerates NYC solar - via nycarra:
Thanks in part to ARRA funding, solar energy capacity in New York City has increased 800 percent since 2007, with many more solar installations in the “pipeline.” This increase parallels the quadrupling of solar installation companies now doing business in NYC, demonstrating the economic benefits of enabling the solar market in this city of a million rooftops.
Six years ago, NYC had just one megawatt of installed solar power, and the local solar market faced extensive technical, administrative and policy barriers. A collaborative partnership, led by the City University of New York (CUNY), was formed that includes the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Together they are implementing a plan to systematically remove those barriers in order to support large-scale solar energy market growth. The partners have secured three consecutive U.S. Department of Energy grants, including an ARRA grant, that led to the development of five NYC Solar Empowerment Zones, NYC Solar Ombudsman, and the world’s largest LiDAR based map: the NYC Solar Map. The map utilizes 15 billion points of data to estimate the solar energy potential for every building in NYC. Since its launch in June of 2011, the map has received over 150,000 hits, serving as an interactive tool for New Yorkers by educating them about the costs, benefits, and payback periods of investing in solar installations for their properties.
Creativity shouldn’t be seen as something otherworldly. It shouldn’t be thought of as a process reserved for artists and inventors and other “creative types.” The human mind, after all, has the creative impulse built into its operating system, hard-wired into its most essential programming code. At any given moment, the brain is automatically forming new associations, continually connecting an everyday x to an unexpected y.
Developed by NYCEDC and Fordham, NYC Venture Fellows promotes emerging business leaders and encourages international entrepreneurs to start or expand their operations in New York City. The program connects fellows with mentors who are investors, serial entrepreneurs, CEOS, and operational managers from New York City and abroad.
The 2012 class of NYC Venture Fellows include:
DonorsChoose Co-founder and Chief Executive Charles Best
BaseKit Co-founder and CTO Simon Best
Medivo, Inc. Co-founder and CEO Sundeep Bhan
EnNatura Technology Ventures Co-founder and CEO Sidhartha Kumar Bhimania
Warby Parker Co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal
H.Bloom Co-founder and CEO Bryan Burkhart
MBA & Company Founder and MD Daniel Callaghan
hoopCHINA.com Co-founder and CEO Shawn Cheng
Catchafire Founder and CEO Rachael Chong
Rent the Runway Co-founder and President Jennifer Fleiss
Totsy.com Co-founder and CEO Guillaume Gauthereau
Warby Parker Co-founder and co-CEO Dave Gilboa
charity: water Founder and CEO Scott Harrison
Paperless Post Co-founder Alexa Hirschfeld
Miniwiz Founder and MD Arthur Huang
Rent the Runway Co-founder and CEO Jennifer Hyman
Lot18 Co-founder and President Philip James
Student Competitions Co-founder, Chairman and CFO Robert Lyngman
AHAlife.com Founder and CEO Shauna Mei
The IOU Project Founder and Creative Director Kavita Parmar
MakerBot Industries Co-founder and CEO Bre Pettis
BillGuard Founder and CEO Yaron Samid
Papayamobile Co-founder and CEO Si Shen
South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd. Co-founder and CEO Christoph Sutter
LanguageMate Founder and CEO Bill Tan
soleRebels Co-founder and MD Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu
Go green with the Cleanweb Hackathon this weekend, where developers will hack together apps using energy and environmental data. The event kicks off Friday night with an icebreaker at the New York Academy of the Sciences, continues Saturday with an all-day, all-night hackathon at NYU…