Net Zero Hackathon Winners

Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Written by Dan Gillis

This weekend students from the College of Physical and Engineering Sciences and the College of Business and Economics came together to develop solutions to reduce energy consumption, as part of the Net Zero Hackathon.

Sponsored by Sandbox Software Solutions, teams of students developed tools and business cases to encourage occupant behavioural change - a key component in reducing energy consumption in the home.

Third place was awarded to Team Drool who developed a shaming application to remind users to turn off lights, power down devices, etc. The team won $300 as well as the Best Business Case award (a Wellington Brewery and Wellington Cakes prize pack).

The second place prize of $700 was awarded to Team 403. They developed a tool that encouraged energy reduction through a gamification process and badges. The team also won a $50 gift certificate to Montana's for Best Use of Social Media.

Finally, first place and $1500 went to Team Zeus. A special prize was also awarded to Team Zeus for developing a solution that most addressed human factors.

The prize was provided by Human Systems Incorporated. Team ICON was presented with the Best Use of Technology and Best Prepped Awards - garnering them two Raspberry Pis, a $25 gift certificate for Baker Street Station, 2 fashion consults at Grey Rock Clothing, and a cook book from Soup Sisters.

Finally, Team KTT was awarded the Best Knowledge Exchange prize. They received a prize pack from Royal City Brewery and a $25 gift certificate for Downtown Guelph.

Thanks to all of our prize sponsors for making the event so successful. And thank you to the SoCIS and the ES@UofG for bringing the event together.

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