Dutch International Energy Hackathon to Kick Off in Groningen October 14-16, 2016

Groningen, The Netherlands – With Energy Transition as the key theme and innovation experts as the key players, Hackenergy 2016, sponsored by ENGIE Nederland and Energy Academy Europe, is set to run from October 14-16, 2016 at the Energy Barn in Groningen, Netherlands. 

With tracks on Smart Meters as well as Energy on the Blockchain – developers, entrepreneurs, designers, academics and other attendees will have the opportunity to tap into IBM software including Watson and Blockchain technology as well as Internet of Things hardware to work on ideas over a weekend pressure-cooker, innovation environment also known as a hackathon.

The event is part of the 2016 Hacked in Groningen Hackathon league, sponsored by IBM, the City of Groningen and the Province of Groningen – but welcomes hackers from across the Netherlands and Europe to attend and compete for cash prizes awarded by an eclectic jury including venture capitalists, energy industry top brass, academics and government leaders.

Hack Energy 2016 runs 48 hours straight, Friday to Sunday and  attendees are welcome to catch sleep at the event (please bring your own bedding) but there are also hotels nearby for those who prefer a real bed. Healthy meals, snacks and drinks will be included at the event over the weekend.

“We are really excited to move forward with this project,” stated Richard Kastelein from the Dutch foundation Stichting Hackitarians – organisers of the event. “We are really converging some of the most exciting technologies – Internet of Things, Blockchain, Big Data, and smarter energy practices and introduce them to a wide array of people from disparate backgrounds, putting them in a pressure cooker for a weekend and see what kind of innovative ideas we can drive forward.”

“ENGIE is fully aware that new cooperation models are required to make the Energy transition successful” affirms Guido Frenken, Managing Director Business Development & Innovation from ENGIE Services Nederland. “With this hackathon we want to encourage this kind of new relationships to accelerate the transition from fossil to 100% sustainable finding strong innovative and sustainable energy solutions.”

Local cash prizes will be awarded for Best Overall Hack, Best Design, Best Commercial Concept and Best Technology. Participants planning to attend the event can RSVP following the instructions on www.h4ckenergy.com and will be notified when tickets go on sale. They are welcome to join the Hacked in Groningen community first to meet others attending the event.

Any and all works created during the event are owned by the teams who created them and members of the investment community will be at the event so some projects are expected to move forward into accelerators or incubators after the event.

IBM subject matter experts will be there to help guide the event’s trajectory and they’re there to be accessible to attendees. Also, there will be guest speakers giving short presentations on the inside track of how to use IBM Watson, Bluemix, Blockchain technology, and Internet of Things for energy transition.

About Energy Academy Europe

Energy Academy Europe is an international centre of excellence for energy transition. Its scope includes energy education, research and innovation. EAE is an initiative of Hanze University of Applied Sciences and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and is supported by corporate partners from the energy field.

About Stichting Hackitarians

Stichting Hackitarians is a Dutch foundation that focussed on running innovation events and hackathons around such topics as Robotics, AI, Big Data, Health, Blockchain, Auto, TV, eCommerce and more. They have run events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Brussels. Utrecht, and Groningen, and partnered with the likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter, IBM, ENGIE, GM, Amazon and other major brands.

About ENGIE Nederland

ENGIE Nederland consists of ENGIE Energie and ENGIE Services and is a leading energy and services company that employs 6.400 people. In 2015 ENGIE Nederland achieved revenues of €1.85 billion. We are leading the way and establishing the energy transition through innovative and sustainable energy solutions. We give direction to this change by helping customers (companies, institutions and consumers) to make the transition from fossil to 100% sustainable and the movement towards decentralization, as quickly and cost effectively as possible. ENGIE Nederland is part of the ENGIE Group that employs 154,950 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €69.9 billion in 2015.

About IBM Client Innovation Center Groningen

IBM’s first Client Innovation Center in the Benelux is located in Groningen, Netherlands.  It’s an open atmosphere, a fast-paced and dynamic community culture focused on knowledge sharing, networking, mentoring and coaching where people cooperate and learn from each other in an open and collaborative culture and work closely together to create technologically advanced solutions for leading businesses.

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