Jungle AI and Smart Turbine Management Winners of Hack The Wind 2017
Jungle AI and Smart Turbine Management hacked their way to a €7000 prize each on the first ever open wind energy hackathon, held under a deal between industry advocacy body WindEurope and European sustainable energy innovation outfit InnoEnergy. The prizes were awarded during the WindEurope Conference and Exhibition 2017, held from 28 till 30 November at the RAI Amsterdam.
The decision was announced by a jury made up of experts in the wind sector, in the afternoon of the second day of the conference.
Emilien Simonot, Renewable Energy Technology Officer at InnoEnergy, said, “we are very pleased and surprised by the enormous enthusiasm and focus of the participants of InnoEnergy’s first Hack The Wind hackathon. We got encouraging results from the teams. And it has been a fantastic experience to see how fast the ideas progress.”
Moreover, TRM System and Vento shared a prize worth €5000 for either a technical achievement to hack one of the presented challenges or their potential to convert into an actual business in the future.
The teams developed their ideas using EnOS, a smart, scalable open platform hatched by Envision Energy, the technical partner of the Hack The Wind 2017 for Internet of Things applications. Also, EDP, the global industry leader and one of the most innovative companies in the wind sector, served as the challenge partner of the hackathon.
Tim Naylor, Director of Envision Digital EMEA, said, “the role of developers in the energy industry is to create innovative solutions in a rapidly changing world. We got some of the brightest minds here at WindEurope, developing innovative solutions for wind power predictions and predictive maintenance by using Envision’s EnOS energy IoT platform and this will definitely help accelerate the adoption of renewable energy in the future.”
Antoni Vidigal, CEO of EDP Innovation said, “EDP is very pleased to have sponsored ‘Hack The Wind’. The organization was perfect and we had the opportunity to interact with many talented people. We believe that our industry is moving from capital-intensive to knowledge-intensive, and EDP is betting on an Open Innovation Model –which allows EDP to leverage on external talent. We have therefore a strong fit with this hackathon, which puts digital and domain knowledge together, and we expect to have the possibility to team up, in the near future, with some of the competitors. We look forward to partnering in new hackathons.”
First of its kind, the Hack The Wind 2017 hackathon had a total of over 80 participants out of a total of over 180 registrations. Students, data scientists, data analysts, coders, back/front-end developers, start-ups, industry actors, among others, built 17 teams to try to solve one of the challenges during this 48-hour event.