In case you missed the first one, it’s back! Apps for Energy II runs through March 2014. DOE is inviting participants to use featured Department of Energy data, standards and ideas to develop apps that solve real world energy problems — for the chance to win cash and other prizes.

Participants can develop apps on their own or join forces with other developers and designers at a series of upcoming hackathons.

Hack·a·thon (noun) – Events where contestants can meet others, brainstorm ideas, form teams and start working on apps that could potentially benefit millions of American energy consumers.

Hackathons for Apps for Energy II were already held in Washington, D.C. and San Diego. But there is still time for those on the East Coast. The two remaining hackathons for Contest II will be:

  • Valley Forge, Pennsylvania — Feb. 7-8, 2014, at PJM Interconnection (2750 Monroe Boulevard, Audubon, PA)
  • Boston, Massachusetts — Feb. 15-16, 2014, at Hack/Reduce (275 3rd St., Cambridge, MA)

Even if your plans don’t include being in Valley Forge or Boston in February (with the polar vortex running wild, I don’t blame you!), contestants can submit their app any time between January 17 and March 9 as part of this nationwide contest. For more information, including FAQs and rules, go to the American Energy Data Challenge page.