GreenBiz Group Partners with Local Businesses to Spread Sustainability

GreenBiz Group, creators of VERGE, brings entrepreneurs, developers, and designers in San Francisco, CA together. The event: Hack City. The objective: to problem solve, design, and develop applications as scalable sustainable solutions.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Aug. 12, 2013 - PRLog -- For the 2nd year in a row, GreenBiz Group, creators of VERGE, will bring entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and business professionals in San Francisco, CA together.  The event: Hack City (  The objective: to problem solve, design, and develop applications as concrete solutions for transportation issues, material resource use, and the water, energy, and food nexus.

No stranger to connecting Fortune 500 companies with leaders and innovators in sustainability and technology, GreenBiz Group is reminding the tech world of the impact that small businesses have on sustainability.

“Last year, small businesses made up 43% of high tech employment in America,” says GreenBiz Group’s Director of Systems + Technology, Krys Freeman.  “Numbers like that matter, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area where over 85,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs work and reside.  We’re able to show just how much these numbers matter to us through Hack City.”  Hack City is a hackathon that harnesses the power of business and technology, bringing together large ideas and larger creative talent in order to move the needle on key environmental challenges impacting municipalities and cities. 

“People involved in tech get hackathons, particularly people involved in web development,” continues Freeman.  “But when we’re talking about building and sustaining resilient cities, it’s important that we don’t forget everyone else in those cities.  It’s important that they are able to understand why hackathons matter to them.”

“We get business owners and members of the community in on the ground floor.  …  Solving their real pain points and resource challenges during Hack City allows hackers to move beyond theories of sustainability and the easy win of a weekend hackathon in order to create real change.  This is why we’re committed to having community-engaged events prior to Hack City.  We want people to know how and with whom to connect in order to solve their problems.  We’re lucky enough to team up with other companies who also want this.

Sponsored by Salesforce, GreenBiz Group is partnering with Betti Ono Art Gallery, Neighborland, Popuphood, HUB Oakland, and Café Gabriela to present their upcoming mixer, “Powering the People” - an evening to connect with Bay Area neighbors, discuss how environmental sustainability touches each of us and name community-wide pain points in order to generate challenge ideas for the upcoming Data Jam (a brainstorm session facilitated by the White House Department of Energy) and hackathon.

To see highlights from last year's hackathon visit

To RSVP for “Powering the People,” or get involved with Hack City, visit or email hackcity[@]greenbiz[dot]com.
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