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Background
The world is changing rapidly and the internet has ushered in a new era of transparency. In the energy industry, we want to find ways to help our customers to manage their energy more wisely to reduce their energy usage and the associated costs.

Creative Challenge
We would like you to come up with an app that helps people use their energy more wisely, which at the same time is fun or interesting. There must be a stand-alone reason to use the app, in addition to it being functional.

Your prototype will need to be a web or social media app and can be specifically designed for a PC, Tablet or Smart phone. If you want to be really advanced you can make it responsive for all three!

Judging Criteria

  • Originality (35%)
    Be unique and not already available
  • Engagement (25%)
    Appeal to and be useful in consumers everyday lives
  • Use of Data (15%)
    Use the npower data provided and other publically available third party
  • Commerciality (15%)
    Demonstrate consideration of commercial value and market opportunity
  • Ease of Use (10%)
    Provide a great user experience

More Information

Development Standards open/close

Entrants are encouraged to create innovative web apps, but must ensure they are developed to function on the latest version of Safari and Chrome. Development standards vary depending on the way the entrant wishes to submit their entry:

  • Entrants should host their app online and should be provided as a URL.
  • If applicants are entering the npower Developer Challenge through the D&AD New Blood Awards, they able to submit a ZIP folder containing all the necessary files. Submit websites in their entirety, as Chrome compatible HTML projects. Submit Flash and Shockwave projects embedded in HTML.

Entrants may use open source, third party Javascript libraries but this must be listed / credited accompanying documentation.

Entrants will be required to provide commentary for code where it isn't self documenting.

Accessibility: All entrants should aim to comply with WCAG2 AA.

Submitting your entry: Entrants should build their apps using dummy data provided by npower on the website. Some of the data stubs will mirror npower's data catalogue, but will not expose any core systems to the competition entrants. The entrant should host the app and submit a link via the online form. All apps must be completed and submitted to the website by 30th May 2014.

Browser Compatibility: Entrants applications will be tested on the latest version of Safari for iOS on the iPad and Chrome on a 9.7-10" Android tablet.

Visual Assets / Aesthetic Design: If any images are included entrants must include the source files in your submission and ensure adherence to the licensing conditions of any photos used.

Example third party data sources open/close

Data Sources and API's

Open data can be harnessed to create insightful apps, empowering all users digest data in a more manageable way.

There are huge data sources available online that you can use to build your app, here are just a few:

Data.Gov.uk
The UK is leading the world on open data. Open data is publicly released raw data, often from the government or public services, which is made available to everyone so they are free to use or reuse it any way they like. While it can be read by individuals, for example in a spreadsheet, it is primarily designed to be 'machine-readable', so it can be inserted directly into computer programmes written by those outside government.

Here are some great examples of apps that have been created using data from Data.Gov.uk

Find Property
http://data.gov.uk/apps/find-properly

Augmented Crime Scene
http://data.gov.uk/apps/augmented-crime-scene

Other examples here:
http://data.gov.uk/apps

You can search Datasets here:
http://data.gov.uk/data/search

PublicData.Eu
Public data.edu contains numerous datasets from public bodies across Europe. It feeds data from lots of different local, regional and national catalogues.

http://publicdata.eu/

DataHub
CKAN is a tool for managing and publishing collections of datat is used by national and local governments, research institutions, and other organisations which collect a lot of data.The Datahub provides free access to many of CKAN's core features, letting you search for data, register published datasets, create and manage groups of datasets, and get updates from datasets and groups

CKAN - http://ckan.org/

DataHub - http://datahub.io/

Who to targetopen/close

Your app should be targeted to UK domestic energy customers. Focus on a customer in a particular group, situation or scenario.

Finding a use for your app open/close

Your app should address key user needs, think about the important factors that affect our customers and their energy, can you create a valuable solution?

Some examples of the types of needs to be considered are listed below:

  • Time of life: What changes in peoples lives could mean they use more or less energy, how could your app help?
  • Benefiting from Government Schemes: Some customers are eligible for installation of energy saving products for free or partly funded, how could your app engage customers is these groups?
  • Removing the hassle: Customers may think that making energy saving improvements is a hassle, difficult to do or could make their home less attractive, how could your app overcome this?
  • Third party or device data: Electricity and gas is a 'low interest' category. How could you integrate other publicly available third party or device based data into your app to make energy more relevant or interesting for customers in their everyday lives?
  • Target audience: Your app must be suitable for UK domestic energy consumers. Make sure you app is relevant by targeting a particular customer group, situation or need
  • Data: Use the npower simulated data provided and compliment it with publicly available third party or device based data.