Building The Future Hackathon Announces Winning Projects – News Center

With a total of 165 participants from 29 countries, the winners of the “Building the future hackathon”, initiative organized by Microsoft, imatch, Galp and EIT InnoEnergy. The project Solar PV Positioning Optimization Modulea hardware module for data-driven reporting during the solar pre-installation phase, which optimizes the positioning and orientation of solar panels, was the big winner of the hackathon and received an award of €3,000.

2nd place was won by ElectriciTreean arborescent solar panel system with adaptable movement to maximize sun exposure, which received a prize of €1,500, and in 3rd place, with a prize of €500, was Electrical wastea platform to facilitate contacts between industries, so that the waste from one can be used as raw material for the other.

The three winning projects, among the 20 innovative solutions in competition that sought to build a Low Carbon future, were selected for their potential, for the correct identification of the problem and the creation of an adequate solution, for the correspondence to the one of the challenges presented by organizations, for the development of the team during the hackathon and for the quality and impact of its pitch.

Andrés Ortolá, General Manager of Microsoft Portugalsaid: “After about five months, we have come to the end of another edition of Building The Future Hackathon and we are very pleased, not only with the projects that have been presented, but also with the fact that we have captivated a very diverse audience. We had the participation of programmers from 29 countries, who presented truly innovative solutions for a greener future. At Microsoft, we believe technology serves its purpose when it serves people and the planet, so we believe actions like this, which drive innovation and inclusion, are key to overcoming many current challenges, such as, in this case, low carbon”.

Andreia Fernandes, Country Manager Portugal of EIT InnoEnergysay that “It was inspiring for us to support the projects that applied for the Building The Future Hackathon, through our mentorship in the field of sustainable energy. It is remarkable how projects from around the world have come together with the common goal of contributing to the sustainable energy transition, demonstrating that the digitalization of energy is a central part of this path we must take to achieve carbon neutrality. » .

The path to the podium

To meet the challenges imposed – Electric Vehicle Batteries; Financing the Energy Transition; Find the best locations for solar communities; Alternative photovoltaic solar energy solutions; and optimization of hydrogen filling stations, programmers and entrepreneurs, after forming teams and going through a mentoring phase with specialists from Galp and EIT InnoEnergy, had to choose the challenge, design a first project design, define the problem, the value proposition, the solution and the technology, later submitting it to TAIKAI, the Portuguese hackathon platform.

The top six submissions moved into the development phase where they worked on their solution in Azure, with support from Microsoft mentors. This phase ended with a pitch session, during which the teams presented and defended their solution in front of a jury made up of a member of each entity involved in the challenge, the public, the most popular, choosing the project winner among the four finalists selected after the pitch session – Biofuel D30; ElectriciTree; solar PV positioning optimization module; e Energy waste.

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