It is Saturday afternoon, lunch has been served for re-energising the #hackglasgow participants, and the 9 teams are rapidly progressing.

In their own words, here is an introductory overview of the ideas –

Heat Exchange

Heat Swap creates a marketplace for exchanging energy by providing a visual platform to highlight opportunities for heat suppliers and customers to work together.

Power 2 The People

Habits an app that creates a profile of your energy consumption. It asks you questions about your day:”How many times did you boil the kettle?” “Did you take the stairs, or a lift?”
The responses build up  an ongoing profile of how you use energy. This profile can be compared to others in your area, against local open data, and allow you to see how you are improving on previous results. The app can provide push notifications and tips on how to reduce your consumption.

Digital Dowsing Rod

A tool utilising several sources of open data to suggest renewable energy options (such as solar) to residents and businesses based on their location. It will show the average value of savings, usage and other values per city area.


App name: EmpowerGlasgow            Slogan: It’s easy being green :)
User-focused energy manager that would enable people to visualise their energy usage, reduce their bills, get informed about local schemes and ultimately increase community awareness of energy efficiency.

House 3.14

A low-cost energy energy management solution for individuals and businesses.
House 3.14 allows users to control electrical devices in their house using smartphones and computers. Users will also be able to monitor their energy consumption and compare it with the area average, by using – and also generating – open data.

Happy Homes

Collect energy data form the Glasgow City Council dataset – although it could use data from anywhere – to perform analysis on it and present current usage as a happy face (for below ‘normal’), neutral face (‘normal’) or a sad face (above ‘normal’).
Putting a human face to your energy consumption – literally!!


The idea is to create a website and an app that will enable people to reduce their energy consumption. It will increase their disposable income and have a positive environmental and social impact. People will be able to compare their energy usage to similar households. Graphs and geo-visualisations will allow people to consider ways to reduce their bills, especially if they are significantly higher than similar households.


teams registeringEnergy Reporter is a real-time energy consumption evaluation system for organisations (e.g. councils) that encourages energy reduction interventions through improved energy literacy and calls to action. The system produces a variety of reports and alerts through multiple notification channels for specific user groups within an organisation and encourages them act on the information received. The service is unique in that it does not require any specialist training and distributes energy consumption information to a wider audience rather than traditional systems for improved scrutiny and positive behaviour change


Heat loss is a major issue, in particular in a city with a large proportion of old buildings. Capturing and presenting heat loss is a first step to improving the energy efficiency of any building. HeatView allows Glasgow citizens to understand heat loss in their home and local surroundings – through street-level thermal imagery and by comparing the heat loss trends between neighbourhoods.