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Let's Go to the BSR Sustainability Hackathon 2013!

(In addition to RSVPing here you MUST register on their site at this link:

The non-profit organization, BSR, is hosting a Sustainability Hackathon in early November in SF as part of their larger Power of Networks conference.

Teams with the best technology solutions will pitch their application to the entire conference on Friday morning—an audience of 1,000 sustainability professionals from Fortune 500 companies and leading NGOs from around the world. Cash prizes (up to $3,500 for first place) will be awarded for the best ideas created that night, particularly those with a focus our conference theme, "The Power of Networks."

You can build web or mobile applications in the language and platform of your choice. They’ll provide more details on the technology that will be supported on-site as we get closer to the event.

Your sustainability hack is limited only by your imagination. Some examples of problems trying to be addressed are:

• Can sensory networks be used to help businesses reduce environmental impacts and improve operational efficiencies?

• Can remote infrastructure monitoring technology help prevent global tragedies like the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh?

• Can technology connect vulnerable workers in remote countries to avoid human trafficking and migrant labor violations in supply chains?

Hacking will take place overnight at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, with hacking space, wifi, meals and snacks provided.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Also, you can find folks who are going online by using the #BSRhack hashtag on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ .

Please remember that in addition to RSVPing here you MUST register on their site at the link above. 

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  • Amy

    R teams formed pre or at event?

    November 3, 2013

    • Spencer M.

      I was there, and was on the team that created a mobile app to help citizens connect with each other during a disaster ("We Can Help",3rd Place). It was fun but also intense to work from 6pm all the way to 7 am the next morning! I ended up having to go back and crash at my apartment around 4am. Most people didn't have a group before hand and just formed teams in the one hour meet and greet before the competition started. There were people with various skills and ideas, and eventually everyone found a team.

      2 · November 9, 2013

    • Regina W.

      That's really cool, Spencer. Congrats! And glad you were able to make it. :)

      November 9, 2013

  • Amy

    Is there a fee to attend the conference?

    November 3, 2013

    • Regina W.

      Yes, there is a fee for the conference itself. As for how the hackathon is going to work regarding teams, the hackathon page says this: "Your laptop, creativity, passion, skills & ideas. Come with a collaborative mindset and plan to team up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+­ via #BSRhack". So the answer is yes, you can team up in advance. http://2013-sf.bsr.or...­

      November 3, 2013

    • Eric W.

      Hi Amy, Regina is correct, there's a fee for the conference, but participation in the hackathon on Thursday is free, and in fact all hackathon participants who demo Friday morning will receive a Friday pass to the conference as an added thank you.

      1 · November 3, 2013

  • Aditi M.

    Hi Everyone! Thanks for registering for the BSR Hackathon next Thursday evening. Please make sure to officially register via the website here: so we have your participation confirmed!

    1 · November 2, 2013

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