Dozens of the nation's leading entrepreneurs and innovators gathered at the White House on October 1 to celebrate new products, mobile phone applications, and services that lower energy costs, improve energy efficiency, and protect the environment. The event—"Energy Datapalooza"—was the first annual showcase for the Energy Data Initiative, launched by the Administration earlier this year to liberate data as a fuel of innovation while rigorously protecting privacy.
The common thread throughout the new products showcased at the Energy Datapalooza: they all use freely available open data from the U.S. government. "We use open data in all of our products," says Martha Amram, CEO of WattzOn, an energy efficiency company that saves homeowners money. "The government datasets and technologies are valuable but often complex in the raw form. We integrate open data along with proprietary and third-party sources to deliver innovations that make a real difference for people." For the complete story, see the Energy Blog .