We brought together solar-minded hackers from across the country to drive innovation for our energy future.
Heating up the conversation around solar technology
To ensure access to affordable and stable energy for every Australian, we need to turn up the heat on solar technology and get a conversation started to engage industry, stakeholders and everyday energy consumers on what an energy efficient future will look like and how to achieve it. But how do we do this dynamically to cultivate the way we do business in a contemporary, fast-paced setting? And how do we attract some of the brightest minds in Australia to create the solutions of tomorrow?
Driving innovation in less than a day
CSIRO's first Solar Hackathon in April 2016 brought 16 teams together to create real solar technology and applications all in less than 12 hours! With a mix of gurus in software development, coding, research, marketing, finance and business development, #hackthesun encouraged innovative and creative ways of thinking to produce real solutions facing the solar industry today. It provided a platform to shape and foster new clean-tech business opportunities through fast-paced development.
Hack the Sun encouraged a broad range of solutions ranging from identifying a low-cost cleaning solution for large numbers of tightly packed solar PV systems to heliostats, to creating a creative marketing campaign to increase public awareness of the benefits of solar energy.
Solar solutions for a brighter future
Eyeing a $10,000 prize pool, each team had to pitch their ideas to a judging panel comprising solar industry leaders, and the solutions created were phenomenal to say the least. Some of the winning and cutting-edge solutions included incentivising smarter energy use through a competitive platform, a decentralised electricity market for developing countries, and funding for large solar schemes through smaller investors.
Team 'Take Charge' took out first prize for creating an engaging online tool to help consumers better understand their energy behaviour and participate in demand-side management. The online community platform ranks and educates the everyday Australian on how much and when they are using their energy, leveraging people's competitive nature to encourage energy saving and the maximisation of solar usage.
The hackers tackled some of the biggest challenges we face for a better integrated energy future, including how this will impact everyday Australians, and industry. The solutions have the potential to change the energy landscape for the better and we aim to transform the ideas created at the hackathon into real and successful business opportunities. View the full list of winners and submissions.
Watch this space for future hackathon opportunities.