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The $500,000 SunShot Challenge Series is Coming – Be Prepared

By wwwtc In Uncategorized

Posted January 16th, 2015

SunShot Catalyst is an open innovation program that aims to catalyze the rapid creation and development of products and solutions that address near-term challenges in the U.S. solar marketplace. Through a series of prize challenges, SunShot Catalyst makes it faster and easier for American innovators to launch cutting-edge solar companies, while tackling time-sensitive market challenges.

Topcoder is hosting the SunShot Catalyst initiative from February 13 to April 17th. SunShot teams participating in the DOE/NREL sponsored initiative have $25K each for a total of $500k in 8 weeks

During the first two weeks of competition there will be nearly $100,000 in prize money available.

These teams are looking to build a minimally viable product in 8 weeks and need help from the best designers and developers in the world. Many of the SunShot teams are building responsive designed websites from scratch and need your design expertise to bring their product to life.

The technologies for the project are broad in range and many of the SunShot teams have similar stacks, but the primary technologies in no particular order are:

  • Ruby
  • Python
  • Javascript
  • PHP
  • WordPress

Two key API technologies that many of the teams plan on integrating are:

  • Enphase for inverter data from the solar system.
  • GreenButton for electrical consumption data.

Understanding these two API’s, especially greenbutton, will provide any competitor an advantage when these contests launch. Many of the competitors will be using these API’s so learn it once and win multiple competitions!

Everything starts February 13th – set your calendars and get ready!

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