Join us for a 24 hour hackathon to solve the world's energy & resource challenges!

Calling all scientists, software engineers, policy makers, designers, and entrepreneurs: please join us for the 3rd annual BERC Cleanweb Hackathon! The goal of the hackathon is to address a resource problem (energy, land, or water) using visualizations or software. Food and beverages will be provided by BERC.

To be hosted at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), a new amazing collaborative working space located in the beautiful Doe Library on UC Berkeley's campus. We will be at BIDS from Friday 5-9pm, and Saturday 9am-5pm. Saturday evening will be held at Blum Center B100, just a short walk north of the library.

We have room for participation from 40 UC Berkeley students or LBL staff, and 20 Bay Area participants.

What makes this hackathon different?

  • Software beyond the startup: the goal is solving public policy data problems with ideas that might not fit into a venture capital pitch (and it they do both, all the better!)
  • People beyond the programmer: we are looking for technologists, policy experts, designers, and social scientists to join (or also be) software hackers.  



Friday :     5pm-6pm:  Welcome and networking (food and beverage provided)

                6pm-6:30pm:  Hackathon kickoff presentation (rules, prizes, inspiration)

                6:30-7:30pm:  Ideation and team formation

                7:30-9pm:  Initial hacking 9pm - You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here  

Saturday:  9am-5pm: Hacking (breakfast and lunch provided)

                6pm-9pm (Blum Center): Presentations, judging, and awards


Team Size: Minimum 2 Maximum 5


You can submit between 5pm and 5:30 pm on Saturday.

  1. A team name
  2. A team icon, image, or logo
  3. Upload the proposal onto DevPost between 5:00 - 5:30 PM on Saturday 
  4. Deliver a 4 minute pitch to judges with 2 min Q&A time

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,500 in prizes

Best visualization to support policy and action

Best software addressing barriers to progress

People's choice

All hackathon participants can vote!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Kate Knox

Kate Knox
Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Elena Lucas

Elena Lucas
Utility API

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    Must make a positive impact on an energy, water, land, air, or climate issue. Describe your impact, and quantify potential impact, if possible.
  • Technical achievement
    How much code were you able to write in support of your project? What types of tools did you employ?
  • Policy Relevance
    Did you address a policy issue/barrier within energy & resources?
  • Follow Up Plan
    Have you thought about next steps if you were to continue this project?

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