Hacking away and solving global energy problems

Over the very first week-end of November, the MIT Energy Club hosted its 4th yearly MIT EnergyHack, a three-day event dedicated to bringing together pupils from vastly variable backgrounds to develop innovative methods to challenges within the power business.

Over 100 hackers travelled across the usa and across the world to contend in the event (previously referred to as MIT Energy Hackathon), including 35 students from China. With many local pupils in attendance, almost 40 teams competed in the EnergyHack’s semifinal round.

MIT Energy Club people Liam Fenlon and Zachary Schiffer directed this year’s EnergyHack, which was themed “Hack Sustainability.” Every challenge supplied by the powerHack’s business lovers dedicated to sustainability issues in energy sector.

1st time contained welcome presentations and organization background presentations in a packed lecture hall in the Stata Center. The night’s keynote presenter was Edwin Suarez, manager of skill, technology, and development at Marathon Oil.

“To entice top skill, we [Marathon] have to innovate,” Suarez stated.

After the keynote message and presentation of challenge statements from businesses, occasion participants had a chance to satisfy various other individuals, form teams, and system with companies over dinner. Many hackers arrived into the event without pre-formed groups, but could connect to other individuals following exactly the same challenge.

This present year, the Energy Club caused 11 organizations and businesses generate issue statements the EnergyHack, each considering an issue dealing with the power business. Businesses that presented problem statements included Cimetrics, Customer very first Renewables, Avangrid, Marathon Oil, MassCEC, McKinsey, the MIT Office of Sustainability, KIND, Schneider, Candor Energy, and WiTricity.

“Even if hackers is only able to tackle 1 percent of the dilemmas during the period of the weekend, then there is most worth because for companies,” stated Liam Fenlon, co-director associated with the MIT EnergyHack and a junior in the Sloan class of Management. “They [hackers] have actually simply shed new light onto an existing issue and will be able to check things in a fashion that companies weren’t able to before.”

Most teams hacked in the evening on Friday, working in the Stratton pupil Center (Building W20) or perhaps in classrooms across university. Saturday consisted mostly of hacking from 8 a.m. to midnight, but hackers took breaks throughout the afternoon to possess conversations with organizations stationed in Lobdell Dining Hall.

Regarding the final day of the big event, groups submitted their work and prepared the semifinal round. Each staff created an e-poster presentation to pitch to up to four judges, followed closely by a brief Q&A program. Judges evaluated presentations to their content, credibility, and feasibility.

Only five groups of this entire MIT EnergyHack higher level into the Grand Finals. One winner was selected per challenge, and three overall champions had been selected the Grand Finals.

Using first place in general ended up being staff Solaris, which pursued Schneider Electric’s challenge. Solaris created an innovative method of green and energy saving structures, and ended up being awarded a $2,000 money prize. The second and 3rd location winners were the suggest Green Machine and MasSave. They tackled the difficulties provided by the MIT workplace of Sustainability challenge and McKinsey & business, and took residence awards of $1,500 and $1,000, correspondingly.

After prizes were granted, Fenlon reflected from the men and women EnergyHack offers while the outstanding work produced. The event appeals to hackers of most disciplines — from engineers to company pupils — to solve and deal with real-world energy industry problems.

“I think what’s great towards challenges that we have usually whatever your interests tend to be or your history, there will be something for you really to handle in the EnergyHack,” he said.