In 2013 the US White House’s Office of Science and Technology was looking for innovative ways to deploy technology to address building & energy challenges. In connection with this effort, the OST, in April of 2013 hosted the CleanWeb Hackathon .
Earlier in 2013, we had been experimenting with the idea of using the combination of people and cellphones as a means for reporting thermal comfort issues in office environments. Over chicken wings and beer one night, we decided to present our idea to the masses assembled for the Clean Web Hackathon. The idea was selected by a panel of judges from the VC and Technology communities as the best. Emboldened by the reaction to our idea, we decided to leave our day jobs and commit full time to this goal. Shortly thereafter CrowdComfort was born.
We recognized early on that the idea was bigger than thermal comfort, and in short order the capabilities of the product included all issues that impact employees in the workplace.
CrowdComfort is no longer simply a cool concept, that was covered in Wall Street Journal, and named on Entrepreneur magazine’s list of 100 Brilliant Companies. Today, CrowdComfort works with Fortune 500 companies to improve the lives of both the employees who work there, and the facilities management teams who are in charge of managing the workplace.
By leveraging mobile apps and cloud analytics CrowdComfort increases employee productivity, safety and comfort to optimize building performance and efficiency. This approach has been proven to improve employee satisfaction, operational efficiency, and a reduction in wasted resources.