Friday night’s kickoff will be a great way to wrap up an afternoon of pitch coaching and network with potential team members.
The Cleanweb Hackathon in Portland, Oregon kicking off Friday 5/17 @Earth Advantage will bring together software developers, designers and entrepreneurs for a weekend to brainstorm solutions that address global resource constraints.
Student admission is $5 with breakfast and lunch provided during the hackathon weekend (5/18-5/19). This is a great event to showcase your skills and creativity, and potentially to get a commission from organizations submitted project ideas to continue the development of your apps.
In less than 30 hours, a dozen teams will create apps that tackle energy, waste, water, transportation and other sustainability issues by leveraging web, mobile and social media technologies. Teams will be equipped with datasets, APIs, food and coffee; presenting their prototypes to a select panel of judges on Sunday afternoon.
At the Friday night kick-off social, the local organizing team will discuss the project ideas to focus developers on solving key issues given by the city and other public and private sector partners. On Saturday morning, participants’ teams will assemble at Earth Advantage for a briefing on API and datasets before beginning development of their applications. The hackathon will conclude Sunday with teams presenting their apps to investors and infotech industry leaders in the hope of winning a cash prize. Participants will also get a chance to mingle with the sponsors, judges and press. Presentations and awards session will begin at 3:00 PM PST.
The Cleanweb Hackathon Series began in San Francisco in September 2011, which was a sold-out event with over a hundred participants that resulted in fourteen software and mobile applications. Cleanweb later mushroomed into a global movement with community spawning movement in over a dozen cities around North America and Europe and most recently the formation of The Cleanweb Initiative, a new non-profit industry association.
PSU Cleantech Challenge semi-finalists will receive scholarships to attend this Startup Weekend to jump start their summer work.
Mercy Corps and Startup Weekend have partnered to create a first-of-its kind event focused on solving some of the world’s toughest problems through technology and entrepreneurship, measured by solutions formulated from the boldest of ideas.
Tech4Change will serve as a platform to encourage new ways to think about entrepreneurship in challenging environments around the globe. The 54-hour marathon event will be focused on developing tech tools for the greater good and creating viable social enterprises that can scale to address global needs.
The weekend will draw a diverse audience including software developers, graphics designers, programmers, entrepreneurs, marketers and aid practitioners. Housed within the walls of Mercy Corps world headquarters, participants are encouraged to present their own social enterprise ideas or be prepared to work on ideas selected by a panel of Mercy Corps team members.
PSU faculty members competing in the PSU Cleantech Challenge are encouraged to submit their innovations to the Innovation Rally for a chance at further development funds.
From now until June 30th, we're holding a rally to hear from you about your ideas and research. We invite any PSU faculty member to submit a disclosure to our office via our online disclosure portal (see below). All disclosures will receive feedback and may result in engagement with patents, copyrights, and external partnerships. The top three disclosures will be evaluated by an external group for potential impact, likelihood of securing intellectual property protection, and partnership opportunities, and will receive funding announced September 1st.
We want to hear your ideas about how your research or project results can make the world a better place. We work with both technology-based innovations through patents, and with text-based innovations involving copyrights. See our profile page for examples of the breadth of projects we work with.
Award: $20,000 in unrestricted research funds, and $5,000 in proposal development funds to support further research related to the idea. Two runners-up will receive $5,000 in proposal development funds.
Go to psuinnovation.ttoportal.com. The first time you visit, sign up for an account with your odin name. When we approve the account you can log on and fill out a disclosure. You can upload existing documents if you have a description of your project already. The rest of the form should take 10-20 minutes.
PSU Cleantech Challenge semi-finalists will present the results of their summer work at the Pacific Northwest’s premier cleantech innovation conference for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize.
The Pacific Northwest’s premier cleantech innovation conference successfully convenes university researchers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and others to envision, build, and accelerate solutions to environmental challenges that deliver prosperity in all corners of Oregon.
The two-day, hands-on gathering at the historic Leftbank Annex in Portland, Oregon focuses on research, development, and commercialization.
This year's theme: New Horizons...
Oregon is attracting attention as a generator of new clean technology solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Here at Oregon BEST, we are working to help the state seize this opportunity and advance its leadership position.
We are expanding our clean technology focus to cover more products and services being developed by Oregon researchers and entrepreneurs. We are scaling up our programs to deliver them to even more innovators, and support a broader range of technologies. We are ramping up our efforts, and increasing impact, because the wide world of clean technology can and should encompass new technologies, discoveries, and business models that are just as much at home in Burns as in Hillsboro.
In past years, our signature conference, Oregon BEST FEST, has addressed themes of collaboration, informed innovation, and rising to the challenge. The progression of these themes reflects the momentum this conference has helped build toward our region’s strengthening clean technology economy. The natural next step is to harness that momentum to ensure even greater impact across New Horizons of technologies, strategic partners, business models and geography.
We envision Oregon BEST FEST 2013 to be a rallying point to pursue our New Horizons, together.
PSU Cleantech Challenge is working with TiE to match mentors with each of our semi-finalists to guide them through their summer projects.
TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) is a global, not-for-profit network of entrepreneurs and professionals dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship. TiE provides a supportive platform for mentoring, networking, and education for both entrepreneurs and other professionals interested in economic value creation.
TiE was started in 1992 by a group of successful South Asian, Silicon Valley professionals and entrepreneurs who were interested in giving back to society and foster the next generation of entrepreneurs. It has now grown into an open and inclusive international organization that crosses religious, ethnic and political borders. With a network of 56 chapters in countries ranging from Sweden and Dubai to India and Malaysia and over 13,000 members worldwide, TiE has brought together entrepreneurs, business people, government policy makers, professional service providers, academics, and the media, with the objective of enhancing the entrepreneurial climate in diverse geographic areas.
The TiE brand is synonymous with entrepreneurship and high quality standards globally. By facilitating the germination of ideas into actual businesses, TiE has created wealth and helped boost the global economy. The Economist, the world’s leading international affairs magazine, featured a special report on entrepreneurship in 2009 entitled “Global Heroes”, and commended TiE for being “a powerful force of doing good” and supporting entrepreneurs during the economic downturn.
The flagship event that is hosted by Tie is TiEcon, held in Sillicon Valley, which is one of the largest international professional and networking conference for entrepreneurs. TiE also hosts a wide range of programs events catering to various industry verticals, educational events and youth programs to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The Oregon chapter was launched in 2007 with an inaugural keynote address by the late C.K. Prahlad, the distinguished professor and internationally recognized business consultant famous as the father of the concepts of “core competence” and “the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid.”
One of the objectives of TiE in Oregon is to bring the benefits of its national and international connections to local entrepreneurs by inviting distinguished speakers, hosting delegations and connecting our members to other chapters in the TiE network. Another aim is to help members explore markets in other geographic regions and bring foreign investment into Oregon.