The Best Energy App winner in the AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge contest was officially honored on June 28 by SDG&E Senior Vice President, Support Services and Chief Information Officer Chris Baker.
A total of 78 eligible apps competed for 12 different awards including two popular choice awards and a share of $50,000 in prize money donated by challenge sponsors AT&T, San Diego Gas & Electric, CONNECT, CleanTECH San Diego, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
“SDG&E is proud to support the AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge and the entrepreneurial innovators of our region. The Best Energy App will offer our customers new tools that utilize Green Button data, ensuring smarter energy solutions that create greater savings,” said Baker.
“It certainly is no secret that San Diego has a reputation for being a city of innovators,” said City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders who initiated the contest with challenge partner AT&T. “The Apps Challenge has been a perfect platform to showcase San Diego’s entrepreneurial, innovative spirit.”
The SDG&E Best Energy App Award went to XNERGY, an app that allows SDG&E customers to analyze their energy usage information made available by SDG&E’s Green Button tool. The Green Button was developed in response to a challenge issued by the White House to give people timely access to their energy data in an industry standard format. SDG&E is one of the first utilities in the nation to offer the Green Button capability and sees this as enabling a wide variety of innovative third-party applications. Check out the XNERGY app overview on the AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge website.
The City Partner Talent Award went to SDG&E employee Murali Vasudevan, software component architect, in recognition of his “Green Charts” App which allows users to view and compare their monthly, daily and hourly electricity usage using interactive charts.
The “Street Report” app took home top honors as the Best Overall App. The app gives San Diegans the power to snap a photo, send their location, and report directly to the city issues like graffiti, cracked sidewalks, malfunctioning street lights, potholes and many other street and neighborhood issues. Other winning apps included “SD Street Doctor” and “My Wonderful San Diego.” All the winning apps are profiled here.