Energy Education Data Jam

This is a guest post by Austin Brown, co-organizer of the Data Jam, and senior analyst with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. DC2 urges you to check this out. (And if you participate, please let us know how it goes!) The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting an “Energy Education Data Jam,” which will take place on Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 9am to 4pm, in Washington D.C. This is an event that could really benefit from the participation of some more talented developers, data folks, and designers.

Features presentations from a great set of experts and innovators: Aneesh Chopra, former White House CTO; Dr. Ed Dieterle, Gates Foundation; Dr. Jan DeWaters, Clarkson University; Dr. Cindy Moss, Discovery Education; Diane Tucker, Wilson Center

In the growing ecosystem of energy-related data jams and hackathons, this one will be distinct in that it is targeted toward improving the general understanding of the basics of energy in the U.S., which we have identified as a key obstacle to sensible long-term progress in energy.  We hope that what emerges from this data jam will be applicable to learners of any age – from preschool to adult learners.

EERE is working to amplify our approach to help improve energy understanding, knowledge, and decision-making. To address the measured gap in America's energy literacy, we plan to unite energy experts with the software, visualization, and development communities. This single-day event will bring developers and topic experts together with the goal of creating innovative products and partnerships to directly address energy literacy going forward.

The goal of the data jam is to catalyze development of tools, visualizations, and activities to improve energy literacy by bringing together:

•         Developers and designers who understand the problems presented by the energy literacy gap, and have a desire to bring about change

•         Educators with knowledge of how students learn, how energy is taught, and ideas about how we can bridge the energy literacy gap

•         Energy experts with a high-level understanding of the energy economy and who are capable of deconstructing complicated energy data

•         Energy foundations and nonprofits committed to clean energy and an understanding that education can be the first step towards a clean energy economy

No prior experience in energy education is required – just an innovative mindset and a readiness to try to change the thinking on spreading the word about energy.

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please send an email to energyliteracy@ee.doe.gov. You can also RSVP through Eventbrite. This event will strive for participation from a number of different backgrounds and expertise and, as such, space will be limited.  We ask that you kindly respond as soon as possible. Lunch will be provided.