Drive By Hacking: TechShop to Hold Ford Open XC
Do you love cars and miss the days when you could easily tinker with them on the weekends? Are you a software or hardware hacker who wants to interface more easily with your vehicle?
Ford’s OpenXC platform is the first open source automotive platform that allows you to develop apps for your automobile. More precisely, OpenXC connects to your car through the OBD-II data port, and with a system of open source hardware and software, it draws and descrambles rich sensor data from your car’s digital core. For the very first time, you can pull data out of the awesome array of sensors and computers built into your vehicle! Sign up here.
Direct Energy and SolarCity Sign Multimillion Dollar Deal to Provide Solar Electricity to Businesses
Direct Energy and SolarCity have undertaken a broad agreement to provide solar electricity directly to businesses. The two companies have created a dedicated investment fund capable of financing up to $124 million in solar projects for Direct Energy’s commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, which is partially funded with up to $50 million from Direct Energy. While many retail electricity providers ask customers to pay a price premium for a “green energy” option, SolarCity can make it possible for many of Direct Energy’s customers to pay less than current rates for clean power. Through the arrangement, eligible Direct Energy C&I customers will be able to utilize solar power with little or no upfront cost, depending on the customer’s choice of plans. Customers will be given a choice to pre-pay for their solar electricity or pay a monthly payment, with installation, insurance, repairs and monitoring service included.
Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes Earns LEED Platinum Certification
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been awarded LEED® Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the new Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL). Recently emerged as one of the greenest buildings on Earth, this remarkable facility was designed and built by Pittsburgh- and Pennsylvania-based talent, and is expected to be the first building in the world to achieve this standard in tandem with the Living Building Challenge™ and four-stars Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) certification for landscapes.
Established in 1993, the LEED certification system was founded to encourage and acknowledge green building practices that save energy and other natural resources; reduce greenhouse emissions; contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and communities at large; and ultimately save money for families, businesses and taxpayers. The CSL earned USGBC’s highest distinction based on energy, water, lighting and material use, plus a number of other sustainable strategies, receiving 63 out of 69 possible points to achieve LEED Platinum certification for a new construction under version 2.2.
Lucas Systems is Hiring
Lucas Systems, Inc. is the fastest-growing provider of voice-directed logistics solutions that help retailers, wholesale distributors, and manufacturers improve warehouse operations.
The company is currently looking to fill a number of open positions, including:
- software support intern
- software support engineer
- principal product engineer
- senior product engineer
- software test engineer
Since 2008, its revenues have grown more than 50 percent, as it has added new marquee customers, created partnerships with leading supply chain and warehouse management system providers, and established an international presence in Europe and the Pacific Rim.