On Earth Day, the U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) hosted a government-wide Earth Day Hackathon, bringing together 49 industry professionals, students, and government employees to find new, more efficient solutions to making a greener federal government.
Team CGI Digital and ICF won for building an automated software code generator and developing improved data visualizations associated with climate change indicator data for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Also from ICF, Team Smokey and the Bandits won for developing methods to present and compare performance on energy and water use in U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service facilities. And Team CVP won for developing a new web application for the National Institute of Standards and Technology that allows for selection and comparison of building products’ economic and environmental performance based on the user’s needs and preferences. All done within the six-hour window of the hackathon.
Participating agencies included the GSA, White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service.
Hackathons support open government, encouraging innovation and collaboration between government agencies and the citizens we serve. This improves the way government operates, injects innovation into government, and facilitates transformation across agency boundaries.