Reducing Our Environmental Impact Hackathon

The Enery & Environment hackathon invites scientists, architects, sustainability experts, economists, researchers, government employees, developers, programmers, & creatives to create innovative new ways to conserve resources, protect our environment and make Singapore a greener place to live!


Participants will be challenged to create solutions that drive behaviour change and quantify the impact of individual actions as a part of the  Earth Hour “I Will If You Will” challenge. Andy Ridley, Co-Founder of Earth Hour will be giving the keynote address on Friday, asking participants to create applications that could become the flagship app for Earth Hour.

We have extended the scope of our Data Sandbox by including data from NEA and other agencies, which are rarely available publicly. Using the data sandbox available, participants will also be challenged to test out latest technology to help individuals and businesses optimise energy usage, and tackle environmental challenges with creative solutions that will help  Singapore become ‘A City in a Garden’.


Finally, everyone will be given the opportunity to utilize the impressive technology on offer from Samsung, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and SAP, including SAP HANA One (an in-memory computing platform, hosted on AWS’s public cloud) and SAP Visual Intelligence, a powerful query and visualization tool.

Our Partners

NUS Entrepreneurship Centre

The UP Singapore ‘Reducing our Environmental Impact’ hackathon is co-organised by NUS Entrepreneurship Centre (a division of NUS Enterprise).

About NUS Entrepreneurship Centre

The NUS Entrepreneurship Centre is a division of NUS Enterprise that promotes and supports entrepreneurial learning within the NUS community, nurtures start-ups by NUS professors, students and alumni, and conducts research to advance knowledge in the policy and practice of technology venturing in Singapore and beyond. NEC’s activities are organised into four key areas: Experiential Education, Entrepreneurship Development, NUS Enterprise Incubator and Entrepreneurship & Innovation Research.

In 2011, NEC created the GCL@NUS initiative with the Grameen Creative Lab to promote and incubate innovation-based social businesses in Singapore that have the potential to generate scalable, sustainable social impacts in Emerging Markets, especially social groups at Bottom of the Pyramid.

 

Earth Hour

UP Singapore is also proud to partner with Earth Hour. Together, we hope we can use our hackathon weekend to prototype some innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact.

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour is the largest open source environment movement in the world.

More than 7001 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2012, sending a powerful message for action to save the planet.

Watch the Earth Hour 2012 official video. 

As part of Earth Hour 2013 (to be held on 23rd March), people around the world are being encouraged to set personal challenges and use them to inspire others to take small steps to conserve energy and resources.

Earth Hour and UP want to engage communities in Singapore to encourage them to take action towards measuring daily activity and raise awareness to the specific ‘You Will’ challenges in our city.

Earth Hour CEO and Co-Founder Andy Ridley will be presenting on the Friday night of the hackathon about the future direction of the campaign and the nature of running an open source campaign.

We will be encouraging hackathon attendees to prototype apps that can contribute towards Earth Hour’s ‘I Will If You Will’ campaign. The best idea has the potential to be adopted as the official app for 2013.

Check out the ‘I Will If You Will’ challenges already posted by celebrities and everyday people here.

 

Themes

Our theme for this event is ‘Reducing our Environmental Impact’. We’ll be asking participants to think about how we can conserve natural resources by using less – as individuals, groups of friends, companies and as a city.

We’re focusing on three areas:

 

1. I Will if You Will

Develop solutions to drive behaviour change and quantify the impact of our individual actions. The best idea has the potential to be adopted as Singapore’s flagship application for this year’s Earth Hour.

The greatest obstacle to reducing our overall environmental impact is motivating individuals to change their behaviour.

• How can technology and digital media help to incentivize and change behaviours? • How could quantifying our activities and their impact help? • Can we leverage social media to challenge others? • How can we reward ‘greener’ choices?

Take your shot at developing the flagship application for WWF Earth Hour’s “I Will IF You Will” campaign.

Create something that can help Singaporeans reduce their environmental impact and your idea could become part of a global campaign that makes a real difference!

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

Potential proposals could range from apps, or websites, that track and quantify your personal impact and inspire your friends to join you; right up to global campaigns that encourage citizens, cities and even countries to drive change.

SUPPORTING DATA

Participants will be given access to relevant Public Data including individual/commercial consumption of water, energy and other resources.

 

2. Smart Choices

Think about the latest technology and be inspired to help individuals and businesses optimise energy use.

Technology offers us many options for optimising our energy use, but these have yet to be fully capitalised on.

• Can appliances be set to run when energy is cheapest? • Can buildings adapt to the number of people in them? • Can software tell you how to reduce waste just by analyzing your bills and usage?

Have a look at these websites for inspiration on what’s available for licence:

http://ilo.technologypublisher.com/
http://www.etpl.sg/innovation-offerings/technologies-for-license
https://www.ipi-singapore.org/cos/o.x?c=/ipi/ipcat&uid=1&ptid=1071682

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

Proposals could range from simple web/mobile-based comparison tools, to an advanced app that allows people or businesses to monitor and control energy appliances.

SUPPORTING DATA

Participants will be given access to relevant Public Data showing individual/commercial consumption of water, energy and other resources. Commercial Data will also be available – including building-level energy consumption data.

 

3. City Solutions

Tackle environmental challenges with creative solutions that help Singapore become ‘A City in a Garden’.

Despite Singapore’s smart urban planning solutions, and high level of greenery, it is still an urban nation of five million citizens, and generates a substantial environmental footprint.

Transportation and traffic congestion, waste management, pollution levels and water independence are all ongoing challenges.

So what can we do it about it?

• Can technology matched with a smart idea encourage more people to take up carpooling or biking? • Can crowdsourcing predict problems before they happen? • Can social media drive change in behavior and public/private policy?

We are looking for creative ideas to empower citizens, engage big business and government agencies and inspire everyone to take action.  Participants will leverage powerful datasets that track resource usage, traffic and other urban data to design solutions to help Singapore become ‘A City in a Garden’.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

Proposals could range from social apps that encourage more environmentally efficient ways of commuting, to crowdsourcing apps that allow citizens to report problems, generate ideas (and support for them) that encourage government agencies and businesses to make positive change.


SUPPORTING DATA

Participants will be given access to relevant Public Data showing individual/commercial consumption of water, energy and other resources. Commercial Data will also be available – including building-level energy consumption data.

Experts

 
  • Andy Ridley, CEO and Co-Founder, Earth Hour
  • Jon Petersen, Co-founder, buUuk
  • Navjot Pawera, Co-founder, Extra Thought
  • Darrell Zhang, Co-founder, Intraix
  • Keith Ng, Co-founder, GameMaki
  • Daryl Arnold, CEO, Newton Circus
  • Dave Lim, Earth Hour Global HQ, WWF
  • Harveen Narulla, Director (Strategy), GreenPost
  • Simon Dale, Head of Technology and Innovation, SAP

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