Smart Energy App Challenge

admin February 4, 2017

September 26, 2015 – September 27, 2015 all-day
ShiftKey Labs
6050 University Ave
Halifax, NS B3H 1W5

The Smart Energy App Challenge (aka hackathon) will happen September 26-27, 2015, in Halifax. There will be $10,000 in cash prizes at stake! REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

Participants will access a data set from Halifax Solar City to develop an app for the program’s customer base. Solar City is HRM’s program that finances solar hot water installations for residents.

The data sets have been prepped by researchers at NSCC and Dalhousie University and will be in CSV format. The data consists of about 20 measured sensors in solar thermal systems installed at residences throughout Halifax. The sensors measure temperature, flow rate, and solar flux. Data has been recorded at a one-minute time step over a period of one year at 50 locations. In addition, metadata is provided for each house, including postal code, house size, solar system details, etc.

Semi-finalists will be named at the hackathon, with winners selected and announced at a demo and awards event. Semi-finalists will have the opportunity to test and refine their apps with simulated real-time data at NSCC prior to awards night.

Hackathon Eligibility and Rules
–Participants must be a Nova Scotia resident and over 18 years old.
–All participants must appear in person.
–You own what you create! All teams retain full ownership of what they have created during the Smart Energy App Challenge.
–Coding starts at the event – this is what the hackathon is all about!
Judging Criteria
–10% Presentation – Did the team clearly communicate their idea? Did they do a good job of turning their idea into an app?
–40% Innovation/Impact – Is the app really innovative or a twist on an existing one? Does it have the potential to change user behavior or make an impact on resource use?
–25% User Experience – Is the app easy to use? Does it provide good user experience? Does the UI look good?
–25% Functionality – Does it work? Is everything fully implemented? Does it offer a lot of functionality or just do one thing? Did the team focus on important features, given the hackathon’s time restrictions?

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