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Smart bins, domestics dead man's switches and inclusive parks

48 intense hours of wild ideas and team work has boild down to some pretty neat solutions at Future Energy Hack - greener spaces and places.

Over a packed weekend the University of Stavanger was bustling with 32 students and 15 mentors participating in a hackathon. The aim was to challenge students to put their academic knowledge to practical use, whilst networking with some of the most attractive employers in the region, not to mention working on real-life cases that could result in master thesis and the potential of collaborating on fulfilling the project.

At Future Energy Hack the organisers presented students with three real-life challenges they earnestly sought greener, more sustainable and liveable solutions for. 

The cases presented at the hackathon were:

  1. The Lervig Park - how to build a sustainable new park for a diverse neighbourhood.
  2. Sustainable Campus - how to reduce energy consumption at the University of Stavanger.
  3. Save energy use at night.

Winning ideas

Team Emissions for won first prize with their concept TabMe. Their idea is simply put to nudge people to reduce food waste in cafeterias by having to state why they are throwing away leftovers. By placing weights in the bins and adding touch displays where visitors answer whether they were throwing away the food because the portion was too large or the taste wasn't right, cafeteria management will collect data that can reduce food waste.

Team Co-creators were runners up for inclusive solutions for the Lervig Park. They produced a comprehensive layout of the park and plans for awarding citizens for staying active, among other things by handing out seeds to be planted in mobile flowerboxes. Third place went to Nightwatchers and their 'Arctic Angel' concept for safe energy use at night. Their solution is two-fold. Through smart switches that monitor energy consumption from various domestic appliances, house-owners can get early warning of potential malfuntions that may cause dangerous situations. By collecting data of energy consuption continuesly houseowners can also make some money on selling surplus energy to neighbours.

Professional teamwork

Future Energy Hack - greener spaces and places truly demonstrated the spirit of cooperation in the Stavanger region. A total of 15 professionals from both the private and public sector came together to challenge and mentor students over a full weekend.

Watch this video from the final to find out more:

The video was produced by co-host Veni.

Future Energy Hack - greener spaces & places was organised in collaboration with: Future Energy Hub at Universitetet i Stavanger with Lyse,InfoTiles, Atea Norge, Altibox, Creator, Smartbyen Stavanger, Stavanger kommune, Urban Sjøfront, Veni and Futurehome

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