Finding Solutions to Environmental Issues through Code

CODEGREEN Hackathon Contest @ 42

EDF (Électricité de France), the world’s largest producer of electricity, is hosting CODEGREEN: a week-long hackathon at 42 Silicon Valley from April 13-20th! At 42 we admire innovative thinking and impactful projects. And we are proud to say that our students are always up for a challenge. Only open to 42 students, CODEGREEN participants can enter the contest individually or in teams of up to five members. This hackathon is a great opportunity if the following interests you:

How coding can be used to save the environment
Projects that focus on bringing clean energy to regions that don’t have access to it
An opportunity to practice machine learning algorithms with real-world data and practical cases

EDF’s Vision for Impacting the World

With over 2,300 researchers in 9 R&D centers around the world, EDF is a global energy company that is active in several different sectors of the electric industry. These include research and development, project development, generation, transmission, distribution, sales, and services. Committed to environmental protection, one of EDF’s core values is to manage risks and reduce their environmental impact. Their company not only wants to sustainably grow but also provide climate protection. The Silicon Valley EDF R&D Innovation Lab is a creative team that focuses on identifying and developing innovative solutions that are then shared with the rest of the EDF global family. EDF is a  leader in low carbon and renewable technologies. They partner with start-ups, corporations and educational institutions to develop and deliver ambitious outcomes for earth’s most challenging climate issues.

Hackathon Project Categories

Participants must submit an entry into one of the three given project categories. Here are two of the categories. Participants will learn about the third category at the kick-off event:

Accelerating Electrification in Africa: AI/Tech to support Energy Access

We think AI is great. It can do many things, including tracking your every click and keystroke to sell you the latest gluten-free protein bars you DEFINITELY need. Or it can help give populations in Africa and South East Asia access to electricity more quickly and efficiently. In this project category challenge, you will attempt to leverage Data Science and AI to help analyze existing rural communities using satellite imagery, online dataset scraping, and prediction models. Identifying optimal target zones for electrification companies is primarily done through local time-consuming and hard-to-update surveys and data collection. You will explore the potential of remote sensing techniques to create, expand and refine the data, to ultimately help accelerate investments and boost local economies. And you’ll also get gluten-free protein bars during the challenge. Probably.

Virtual Assessments of Building Energy Usage to Evaluate Opportunities for Emissions Reduction

The use of renewable-energy powered district heating and cooling networks is a promising technical pathway. It can increase energy efficiency and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. For district energy to be viable, there must be sufficient density of customer heating and cooling needs and availability of low-cost heating and cooling sources. Thanks in part to the Open Government movement, an increasing amount of data is published by cities and states. This includes GIS datasets on buildings. Combined with other data such as climate zones and census data, this can be used to characterize regions based on their likely suitability for district energy and quantify the overarching potential.

Evaluation of Submissions and Prizes

Evaluation of submissions will include creativity, technical complexity, adherence to theme and practical implementation.  All participants will receive event-themed swag. There are different categories of prizes at the end of the hackathon. The top three teams will win 3 Apple Watch’s with EDF themed wristbands per each of the three winning teams (9 Apple Watches total), and the People’s choice award, by popular vote at the April 20th finale, will win 3 Beats Pill USB Portable Speakers in turf green.

EDF and 42

The EDF Innovation team in North America is located in Los Altos. This is just across the bay from 42 Silicon Valley’s campus in Fremont. With more energy equipment and devices being connected than ever before, there are opportunities for software engineering students to work on real-world cases. The culture of EDF and 42 Silicon Valley have a lot in common. They share a passion for finding creative solutions, a drive for pursuing excellence, encouraging innovation, and a commitment to changing the world for the better. Collaboration is something that we embrace at 42. As supporters of sustainability and climate protection, we are excited to be hosting a hackathon that will challenge participants to create projects that will have a real-world impact. So keep calm and hack on, we can’t wait to see what innovative ideas you have for EDF.


published by admin – April 4, 2018