Tendril, the Boulder, Colo.-based home energy monitoring startup kicked off a contest this week to encourage independent developers to design a killer smart grid app for the company's management platform.
The $5,000 prize will be awarded Jan. 22 at the Cleanweb Hackathon. Tendril actually opened up its applications developer program last August. More than 100 developers have signed up to use the Tendril Connect platform to create apps, according to the company.
The cloud-based platform was designed to support networked devices and data as well as enable remote management capabilities. The hope is that by opening up the platform to developers, innovative home-energy-related apps will emerge for customers and utilities. The end goal is a smart grid and smart home apps store, according to a statement from Tendril's chief technology officer Kent Dickson.
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