A total of 165 entrants from 29 countries, “Building the Hackathon of the Future”, An initiative organized by Microsoft, imatch, Galp and EIT InnoEnergy. The Solar PV Positioning Optimizer Module project, a hardware module for creating data-driven reports during the solar pre-installation phase that optimizes the positioning and orientation of solar panels, was the big winner of the hackathon and won €3,000.
Second place went to ElectriciTree, a tree solar panel system with adaptive movement to maximize sun exposure, took home €1,500, and third place took home €500, Waste Power remains a A platform industry that facilitates linkages between two parties so that waste from one can be used as a raw material for another industry.
Out of 20 competing innovative solutions aimed at building a low-carbon future, three winning projects were selected for their potential, correctly identifying the problem and creating an appropriate solution, and addressing one of the challenges presented by the organization, the team’s participation during the hackathon development and the quality and impact of his speeches.
Andrés Ortolá, General Manager, Microsoft Portugal,Say: “About five months later, we have wrapped up another Build the Future Hackathon and we are very pleased, not only with the projects presented, but also with the fact that we have attracted a very diverse audience. We have people from Programmers from 29 countries participated who came up with truly innovative solutions for a greener future. At Microsoft, we believe that technology serves its purpose when it serves people and the planet, so we believe that promoting innovation and inclusiveness Such actions are critical to overcoming many of the current challenges, such as, in this case, low carbon.”
Andreia Fernandes, Country Manager, Portugal, EIT InnoEnergySay “It is inspiring for us that through our guidance in sustainable energy, we are able to support projects that apply to build future hackathons. It is fascinating to see how projects from around the world can contribute to the sustainable energy transition The shared goals of coming together show that the digitization of energy is a central part of the path we must take to achieve carbon neutrality.” .
Road to the podium
Addressing challenges – electric vehicle batteries; financing the energy transition; finding the best locations for solar communities; alternative photovoltaic solar solutions; After going through the mentoring phase, challenges had to be selected, the first concept of the project was designed, the problem was defined, value propositions, solutions and techniques were later submitted to the Portuguese hackathon platform TAIKAI.
The six best proposals went into development with the support of Microsoft mentors, who developed their solutions in Azure. This phase ends with a pitch session where teams present and defend their solutions in front of a jury consisting of one member from each entity participating in the challenge, and the public selects the project with the highest number of votes. Four finalists selected after the pitch – D30 Biofuel; Electrical Tree; Solar PV Positioning Optimization Module; and Waste Electricity.