Advancing Software Solutions for Southeast Asia's Energy System

KX Made, in partnership with New Energy Nexus, is proud to bring you the second edition of Smart Energy Hackathon! We are back with brand new challenges for hackers and energy enthusiasts to innovate on. Get ready to join the brightest minds in another nonstop hack-fest of creativity, collaboration, and intense coding to create smart energy solutions.

Smart Energy Hackathon is a software developing competition to tackle current energy challenges. Last year, the hackathon debuted in Bangkok with 16 teams hacking for 29 hours on clean tech solutions. We’re calling on all coders, energy experts, UX/UI designers, product developers, and entrepreneurs to come together and create impactful code, get noticed by key industry players, network, and have a chance for your idea to be funded by an investor!

 

**CHALLENGES & JUDGES TO BE ANNOUNCED**

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Eligibility

We welcome participants from all technical and non-technical areas, as well as all skill levels. There will be experts from different fields from design to the energy sector to provide mentorship throughout the event.

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 workon  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.

Requirements

“Bridge the Gap”

by New Energy Nexus Southeast Asia

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. Their are many potential residential, commercial and industrial customers that want to on board 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.

"Groots"

by GIZ

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.

"Renewable Energy Oracle"

by KX Made

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.

"Real Time Origination of Emissions"

by Southpole Carbon

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.

Problem Statement

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.

Challenge:

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 to enter

1. *** GET TICKETS HERE ***

2. Check your email on (ongoing) for further information candidate announcement.

3. Create developer account on Devpost. You'll need it for project submission at the end of the event.

4. See you at KX Knowledge Exchange Center, Bangkok on September 7th!

Judges

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Menke

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Menke
Distinguished Professor, The Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE)

Matthew Sebonia

Matthew Sebonia
Lead Consultant, SEACEF European Climate Foundation

Frederico Araujo

Frederico Araujo
CIO, Omise

Darunporn Kamolpus

Darunporn Kamolpus
Vice President, PTT Company Limited

Andrea Skinner

Andrea Skinner
Program Manager, International Programs and Social Entrepreneurship, Mae Fah Luang Foundation

Judging Criteria

  • Idea (25%)
    How creative and original is the idea to solve a problem in the selected category?
  • Execution (25%)
    Includes how well the idea was designed and implemented, the complexity of the build and creative use of developer tools.
  • User Experience (25%)
    How integrated is the entire design of the program, functionality and visual aesthetics?
  • Presentation (25%)
    How well does the team deliver its prototype, description and value proposition?