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Hackathon attracts local energy innovators

Over a gruelling 24 hours at the weekend, 10 teams made up of over 30 students, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, hackers, professionals, and others interested in energy startups gathered to compete in the EnergyLab Canberra Smart Energy Hackathon.

Held at The Level at Endeavour House in Manuka, the EnergyLab Canberra Hackathon brought people interested in energy innovation together to brainstorm, develop and demonstrate new business concepts.

The energy sector is being disrupted, and with technological change come new opportunities. Who will be the Facebook, Amazon and Uber of the emerging smart energy sector?

New energy technologies such as solar panels, batteries, electric vehicles and over-the-internet metering and control systems are rapidly becoming cheaper and more ubiquitous.

At the same time, there have been great advances in adjacent areas such as artificial intelligence, drones and telecommunications.

The convergence of all these trends makes new innovations and business models possible.

Participants had just 24 hours to form teams, brainstorm ideas, develop concepts, build prototypes and prepare their pitches.

At the conclusion, each team presented to a panel of expert judges including Alison Reeve, Director - Clean Energy Innovation, Department of the Environment and Energy; Craig Hanicek, SERREE Cluster Manager at Regional Development Australia ACT; and Scott Ison, Group Manager, Business Development - Future Energy, Origin who had the challenging task of picking a winning team.

And the winners of the #EnergyHackACT... Energy Switch!

Energy Switch received a prize package to help them get their idea off the ground including free company registration with EasyCompanies, a free legal consultation with Marque Lawyers to set up a strong foundation for their startup, and guaranteed interview for EnergyLab's Acceleration Program.

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