1st Place Winner - Take Charge
2nd Place Winner - Wala
3rd Place Winner - Micro Bid
People's Choice Award - Grid2Go
Thank you again for participating in the CSIRO Solar Hackathon 2016. We'll see you at the next one. Hack on!
FRIDAY 8 APRIL
7:30pm* Arrival and event registration
8pm – 8:30pm Welcome and speakers
8:30pm – 9pm Team formation
9pm – 10pm Team sign-ups and Devpost team registration
* Canapes and drinks will be served from 7.30pm – 9.30pm
SATURDAY 9 APRIL
8am Doors open and hacking begins
10am Morning tea
10:30am – 12pm Hacking
12pm – 12.30pm Lunch
12:30 – 3.30pm Hacking
3:30pm – 4pm Afternoon tea
6pm Submission deadline
6:15 pm Pitch to judges
6:45pm – 8.30pm Dinner
8.30pm – 10pm Winners announced and celebration
How does $10,000* in cash prizes sound? What about the chance to work with the brightest minds in Australia by creating your own solar start-up in less than 24 hours?
Join CSIRO for our first ever Solar Hackathon on Friday 8 April and Saturday 9 April 2016 at the CSIRO Energy Centre Newcastle, home to solar innovation and research.
If you are a savvy developer, creative designer, researcher or simply keen on solar, we want to hear your ideas! You could win up to $10,000 in cash prizes so come along and help solve the world's solar challenges.
CSIRO, Australia’s national scientific research agency has partnered with Powerhouse (formerly SfunCube), a Silicon Valley based incubator dedicated to solar and the brains behind two highly successful Solar Hackathons to bring the Hackathon fever to Newcastle, Australia.
Why you should come
At CSIRO’s Solar Hackathon you will:
- Get to know people with similar skills and passions
- Network with solar software, finance and design leaders
- Have fun doing what you love while competing for $10,000 in cash prizes
- Receive your very own Hack the Sun t-shirt and mug
Two successful Powerhouse solar startups - Powerhive and UtilityAPI - emerged from previous Solar Hackathons so we can't wait to see what solar software, finance, and design solutions are created this year at CSIRO.
The fun kicks off on Friday 8 April from 7.30pm-10pm with a welcome event followed by hacking, presentations and awards on Saturday 9 April from 8am-10pm.
1. The way people use energy is influenced by air-conditioning, solar systems, electric vehicles and batteries. To avoid electricity system upgrades and overloading, identify a low cost solution to accurately predict energy use and to manage demand – taking in to consideration energy, weather and demographics. Create a consumer engagement strategy for your solution.
2. Create solar power estimations and identify cost savings for a potential PV buyer considering the roof area, orientation and generation profiles. Determine the likely load profile of a particular house using publicly available data. More details here.
3. Identify a low-cost cleaning solution for large numbers of tightly packed solar PV systems or heliostats (computer-controlled mirrors that keeps the sun reflected on panels).
4. Concentrated solar thermal (CST) can be effected by external weather factors such as wind. Create an application or tool that can be attached to the heliostat mirrors to measure and track movement, increase performance assessment and improve energy yield. Options could include optical cameras or photodiodes.
5. Create a creative marketing campaign to increase public awareness of the benefits of solar energy. This can include PV, CST and flexible PV.
6. Solar panels can underperform or produce less energy under high temperatures. Explore methods to cool solar panels for better energy output.
7. Homeowners say that they want to use energy more efficiently, but spending patterns indicate otherwise. Comfort, convenience, security and entertainment rank far above energy in the minds and wallets of consumers. Create an application that engages consumers emotionally to improve the adoption of solar and battery storage. Consider social integration points as well as how to express the benefits of solar in an accessible and engaging way!
Datasets / API's
AURIN: Australia’s urban intelligence network (centralised source of geo-datasets)
Enphase Enlighten Systems API: Quick Start Guide
This API delivers energy production data from PV systems that use Enphase microinverters. A subset of these systems are available for use during the hackathon.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions
*Solar Hackathon prize money has been generously donated by our sponsors.
Team Size: Minimum of 3 - Maximum of 5
During our welcome event on Friday evening 8 April, we encourage you to team up with individuals with different skill sets (software, design, product dev) and work on a challenge that everybody wants to solve.
If you are a CSIRO staff member, you need to team up with non-CSIRO staff to help support and faciliate team collaboration and networking.
Age: 18 and over
You need to submit by 6:00pm on Saturday 9 April. Be sure to include the following:
- A team name
- A team icon, image, or logo
- Upload the proposal onto DevPost before 6:00pm on Saturday 9 April, 2016
- Deliver a 2-3 minutes pitch to judges
$10,000 in prizes
Peoples Choice Award
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
How to enter
2. Create a profile on DevPost before the start of the Hackathon (you will need a profile before submitting your ideas on 9 April)
CoFounder, Sungevity & Powerhouse Managing Partner, CalCEF
Chair, Australian PV Institute
Managing Director, Da Vinci Capital
Technology Lead, Telstra Energy
Manager of Technology Development, Ergon
Solar Analytics (Mentor)
How well does the application address the goals defined for this challenge?
How creative, innovative, interesting, and unique is the application in meeting contest requirements?
How well is the idea executed by the developer and how well is the app integrated with potential customers or systems?
Includes design, user functionality, graphics, typography, ease of use, and visual aesthetic
To what extent will the submission impact the solar industry?