BY DAN MINER republished from Buffalo Business First
Release date: May 21, 2019
Two Buffalo re-pats came up with a pretty cool idea.
Agnes Wilewicz and Jesse Farinacci are the co-developers of The Buffalo Cool Roof Project, an app that identifies dark roofs that could be painted white, decreasing the energy use of the structure.
The project was the first place winner in the recent Civic Innovation Eco Challenge – Powered by AT&T, pulling in a $7,000 cash reward. Wilewicz is parter at Hurwitz & Fine PC law firm while Marinacci works at the IBM Buffalo Innovation Center. Wilewicz and Marinacci both graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2003. They both left the region after college but returned about five years ago.
The annual competition is supported by AT&T, which contributed the prize money. Environmental Systems Research Institute contributed $3,000 to the competition, while Socrata and Modern Recycling each contributed $1,000.
Jonathan Hutchinson, an employee of Helm Experience & Design, was awarded the $2,000 second-place prize for his Digital Green Code app. The platform makes it easier to search the code. Mother-son team Susan and Nicholas Sheawon the $1,000 prize for best use of mapping technology.
Judges included Amy Kramer, president, New York, AT&T; Luis Taveras, the city of Buffalo's chief information officer; Cletis Earle, Kaleida Health CIO; Jacquelyn Malcom, SUNY Buffalo State CIO; Joseph Jornet, a University at Buffalo associate professor; Justin Booth, GObike Buffalo executive director; and Gerard Aiken, Esri local government manager.
Sustainable Development Goals:
9. Industry , innovation, & infrastructure: Creating resilient infrastructure that promotes sustainable and constructive industrialization
11. Sustainable cities & communities: Developing safe, resilient and sustainable places to live
13. Climate action: Taking steps to combat climate change and its impacts