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U of Melbourne teams with electric power company on energy hackathon


By David Schwartz
Published: October 10th, 2017

For the second straight year, the University of Melbourne is partnering with electric utility Powershop Australia on an energy hackathon that brings industry, academics, professionals, students and start-ups together to devise energy innovations.

Energy Hack ’17 comes in response to Australia’s rising energy prices and summer power outages. Its goal is to develop new technologies for ensuring reliable, high-quality, cheap, climate-friendly energy.

Participating teams will have two days later this month to develop their ideas around the themes of Community Power and The Virtual Power Plant. They will then pitch their concepts to a panel of expert minds including mentors from legal, policy, consumer products, energy production and digital technologies.

Event participants include a mix of industry, academics, professionals, students, community groups and start-ups. Prizes include $5,000 worth of Visa cards for the winning team, legal counsel to help establish a start-up, Powershop power credits, and dinner with the best minds in Australian energy and start-up businesses.

Powershop Australia CEO Ed McManus said, “Since the first Energy Hack last year we have launched Powershop Labs to continue to mentor and support renewable energy start-ups to commercialize their ideas and build on ideas that were formed at Energy Hack 2016. We’re looking forward to working with this year’s teams to build ideas that could help shape the future of the energy industry.”

Melbourne Energy Institute director Professor Michael Brear said, “Deep technical expertise is a crucial part of the cleantech startup eco-system and through the Energy Hack partnership the University of Melbourne is helping the hack participants link in, early in their careers, with the entrepreneurial community.”

Source: ecogeneration

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