Build. Share. Win.
Smart Energy Hackathon is back with brand new challenges for hackers and energy enthusiasts to tackle! Last year, the competition debuted in Bangkok with 16 teams hacking for 29 hours on clean tech solutions. Get ready for another session of hacking, sweaty palms, pure coding adrenaline and very little sleep.
We’re hacking for up to $10,000 in cash and a chance to change the energy game.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Bring yourself, your team and the best ideas. Tickets will sell fast.
LET’S HACK IN
Innovative Business Model
TICKETS & REGISTRATION
Adult: 24 USD (~800 THB)
Student: 12 USD (~400 THB)
For Terms & Condition. See here
HOW TO ENTER
1.) Submit the application form prior to 31/Aug/2018
2.) Check your email on 01/Sep/2018 for successful participants announcement.
3.) If selected, follow the link embedded in the email to purchase a ticket prior to 05/Sep/2018
4.) Create a developer account on Devpost. You’ll need it for project submission at the end of the event.
5.) See you KX Knowledge Exchange Innovation Center on 7th September!
WHAT IS SMART ENERGY?
Smart Energy refers to the intelligent integration of renewable energy sources, efficient distribution and optimal consumption. We believe bringing together talent from inside and outside the energy industry, coders, and finance gurus will get us one step closer to a smarter, cleaner energy future. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have brand new challenges to hack on, bottomless drinks and buffet lines, and mentors to keep your wheels spinning.
Renewable energy projects need to accelerate in their pace of development if we are to meet the future energy needs of Thailand and Southeast Asia. There are many potential residential, commercial and industrial customers that want to onboard renewable energy to green their operations, buildings and lives.
On the other hand, there are billions of dollars of investment funds just waiting to finance renewable energy projects. In the project finance space, there seems to be a gap linking these capital loaded investors to a large range of customer types and project opportunities waiting for funding.
For this challenge, your team will need to research and understand why certain renewable energy projects are not currently being funded. Develop a business model innovation or a platform solution that would help to bridge the gap between these energy projects and the capital needed to make their clean energy dreams come true.
In situations of international humanitarian crisis, refugees in emergency camps rely mostly on firewood and charcoal for cooking. The firewood needed is usually being collected from the areas nearby the camps which often creates a conflict over resources with the neighboring communities. Additionally, the cookstoves used are usually very inefficient and produce hazardous smoke.
In order to solve this challenge, data related to current cooking energy situation of each family (such as the kind of fuels used, distance traveled and time needed to collect the fuels) are crucial to better assess the situation and identify smarter solutions. Groots aims to use an innovative data collection tool to collect this exact information.
To invite target users which are refugees and host communities to provide the information, instead of simply asking for the information, up and down voting seems to be an interesting approach to test given that people are incentivized to correct others rather than providing valid information directly to the requester.
By contributing to the data collection, users will potentially be rewarded with a monetary incentive that can be distributed to them directly via the platform. They also have the option of contributing the money they get to the virtual community fund where they, as contributors have the rights to vote for what cause the aggregated money, should be spent.
Your team will need to develop a data collection application which collects energy related information in the refugee context very efficiently. The data needs to be instant, come from refugees directly and cost is supposed to be very low. This will require an adjusted way of connecting with users and also an appropriate incentivisation mechanism. The Groots team has done a lot of background research on this which will be provided to the team.
An oracle is an agent which seeks and verifies information and occurrences in the real world. They can act as middleware between the outside world and code, aggregating external data and then trigger code execution when predefined conditions are met. Such a condition could be any data like wind speeds, temperature, energy generation, etc.
Using any given dataset on renewable energy production and consumption, devise an Oracle-based solution for a product that will give users insights, analytics, predictions, or recommendations that can help us leverage technologies like the blockchain, big data, and IoT to make better decisions to become more energy efficient and green.
More information on blockchain oracles:
Real-time origination of verified greenhouse gas emission reduction certificates from solar PV projects in Thailand on the IXO blockchain
A solution to facilitate the real-time origination of verified GHG emission reductions from RE projects (wind, solar, mini-hydro) using verified (and tokenized) activity data from smart meters, paper-based data documentation and accepted methods for the conversion to carbon credits.
1. The origination of carbon credits from renewable energy projects is currently associated with substantial DELAYS: this process currently takes up to TWO years, delaying revenues from the sale of this carbon credit accordingly.
2. The cost and effort to create a carbon credit is substantial as all data is verified using a mostly manual process with substantial human involvement even though most data required is created by machines (meters, scales, SCADA…) and the process/method by which to convert this data into carbon credit amounts is regulated and arithmetic in nature.
1. We will provide access to the meter readings of solar PV projects located in Thailand as well as a government-backed report on the carbon intensity of the Thai power grid. We will also provide access to the methods and formulas required to convert verified input data into carbon credits.
2. We will also provide access to the IXO test network and the ixo Mobile SDK, an open-source smartphone web 3.0 application that enables any user to interact directly with the IXO network and submit claims to the IXO data store.
3. The challenge is to:
a) create a new IXO project, establish the identifiers for all data inputs (meters and paper report) and write and transfer verifiable data claims into the IXO data store,
b) read the data from the data store and apply the formulas as per the provided method to convert this data into carbon credit impact tokens and issue these tokens in the IXO blockchain,
c) document the process by which the conversion and impact claim has been made in a way that facilitates validation by a 3rd party.
How knowledgeable do I have to be about the energy industry?
No energy-related experience is required! We have industry experts will be present to mentor teams at the event. We recommend that you peruse the challenges beforehand and familiarize yourself with the problem at hand.
Do I have to be part of an existing team to apply?
We recommend forming teams before the event. You can partner with colleagues/peers that you’ve worked with in the past. You are also welcome to apply as an individual participant, there will be time to form teams at the kickoff before the hackathon starts.
What are typical team sizes and composition?
Team sizes are 3 – 5 people. We recommend that each member bring different skills to the table (i.e. software development, finance, designer, researcher, energy expert). Teams will do well if they had at least one developer, one smart energy professional, and one product development person,
What will we build?
The sky is the limit! Focus on the challenges, harvest ideas from the team, and get cracking. Two days go by quick, so perfection is never a requirement. It’s best if the product is applicable, user-friendly, and scalable. Come up with smart energy solution and try to finish it by 12 pm on September 9th.
Can we work on multiple apps/ideas?
You may work on and refine as many ideas, but only one final submission per team is allowed!
Can we change team formation after registration?
Yes, but only up until the night before the hackathon when the final teams are decided.
Will we be fed?
Food and drinks will be provided. Breakfast – Dinner. With finger foods throughout the hackathon. If you have any dietary restrictions please let us know
HEAR FROM OUR PAST ATTENDEES
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“It was great to meet new people, to code and to hear about new ideas and technologies.”
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