Let's measure and reduce the environmental impact of software & digital products, together.
On September 23 at the Spielfeld Digital Hub in Berlin and virtually, the startup, open-source & tech communities are invited to a series of knowledge-sharing sessions & workshops about how to measure the environmental impact of software. You can join us in-person or remotely.
We can't fix what we can't measure
How we do we measure the energy use and environmental impact of software? And, how do we integrate measurements within the software development process? At the event, you will learn about the open source tools and methodologies developed as part of the SoftAWERE project.
Collaborate and make an impact
Bring your projects and work together in a team to measure the environmental impact of something you care about — learning while doing. Then share the improvements you have made to reduce it.
Develop best practices
When we measure, we learn how to improve. Together, we can find the best practices that others can apply to reduce the environmental impact of their applications and products.
This event is part of the SoftAWERE project, which is supported and financed by the German Government.
Location: Spielfeld, Digital Hub, Skalitzer Str. 85/86, 10997 Berlin, Germany (U-Station Schlesisches Tor) or join virtually (via Zoom).
Time & Date: 13:00 to 21:00pm, 23 September 2022 (add to calendar)
Hybrid: The event will be in-person and live-streamed so you can participate in the workshops individually and with your virtual team.
Teams: Come as a team with a specific project in mind project that you wish to work on, or contribute to. Or register as an individual. Everyone is welcome.
What you'll need: Laptop, charger, enthusiasm — everything else is provided.
What's provided: Team rooms, power, WiFi, remote test systems to measure the power usage of software, food, refreshments, and lots of great people.
Learn, code, mingle: It's the program of the day.
- 12:30: Doors open
- 12:30 - 13:00: Welcome
- 13:00 - 13:45: Kick-off — knowledge sharing on measuring methodologies, test systems & insights
- 13:45 - 14:30: Groups are formed, short coffee break, buffer
- 14:30 - 18:00: Workshops on the methodology itself, teams collaborating on integration in other environments, as well as infrastructure signals
- 18:00 - 18:45: Teams present their results, insights of the day
- 19:00: After-party, drinks, mingling together
- 21:00: See you next time!
What is the methodology of measuring the environmental impact of software?
Good question! As part of the SoftAWERE project, a group of not-for-profit organizations, Boavizta, the Öko Institut, and the SDIA developed a test system (kindly provided by Blockheating) that is hosting a Gitlab Runner that has access to the environmental impact information of the underlying server. This runner can determine the energy use and other environmental impacts for each continuous integration build job.
All of the underlying tooling, and before the event also the entire test system, are open-source projects and linked below for you to check out. During the event, we will walk through the ideas & concepts of each and how to use them in practice.
SDIA Knowledge Hub
Within our Knowledge Hub, you can find all the documentation related to the project, start with an overview herer.
Learn more about the Boavizta Agent which is running on the test system in this Git Repository.
Work achieved to date on Boagent, APIs, and the measurements of the test system are based on existing research from the Umweltbundesamt and Öko Institute.
Partners & sponsors supporting this event
This event would not be possible without infrastructure and a lot of technical documentation & tooling that is coming from our partners. Further, we are grateful for the financial support of the Federal Ministry of the Economy & Climate Action and our sponsors.
Meet your hosts
We will guide you through the day.
Director at the Green Web Foundation
Chris is a climate focussed technologist with background in user research, and community management, helping digital teams understand and reduce the carbon emissions associated with the services they run.
CTO & Founder
Building a truly sustainable compute ecosystem. Passionate about putting together a great team to create useful software.
Max is bringing his tech & story-telling experience from startups and corporates to the transformation of the digital economy, making it future-proof and sustainable.
Joseph P. De Veaugh-Geiss
Project and Community Manager, Blauer Engel for FOSS
Supporting the BE4FOSS project by collecting, summarizing, and spreading information about Blauer Engel eco-certification and resource efficiency related to FOSS development.
CEO & Software Engineer at Green Coding
We create open source tools to measure the energy consumption of software.