Problem solving civic energy hackathon set for January 31 in Warren
WARREN, OHIO – December 31, 2019Ohio’s only energy incubator, BRITE Energy Innovators today announced its call for participant applications for 2020 BRITEhack, the civic energy hackathon on Friday, January 31, 2020 in Downtown Warren. Engineers, designers, developers and students are encouraged to join in creating solutions for energy-related problems faced by two of the city’s important community organizations: St. Joseph Warren Hospital and the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority. Information on the free registration is available at brite.org/2020britehack.
Made popular in Silicon Valley and other Tech Hubs around the nation, “hackathons” are efficient, low risk way to encourage innovation, catalyze startups and engage talent. Participants are motivated by the mixed groups, challenging problems, tight deadlines and cash prizes. BRITEhack is focused on using this model to solve energy-related problems and initiate positive outcomes for the community.
This year’s challenges are:
– St. Joseph Warren Hospital, a Mercy Health facility, has been burdened by rising utility costs, reliability issues and the delivery of energy. Hospital staff are seeking solutions that will reduce their reliance on the energy grid while optimizing efficiency.
– The Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority is troubled by tenants vacating properties without notifying facilities managers. As a result, TMHA staff discover the change in status when the pipes at the abandoned properties burst – requiring thousands of dollars in repairs. They are seeking a sensor-based solution that allows them to track occupancy and determine when tenants have left.
“BRITE was created to offer a place where creative minds can come together to solve energy challenges, so this is a perfect fit for us,” said Rick Stockburger, President/CEO of BRITE. Stockburger notes that in 2018, BRITE’s civic energy hackathon partnered with the City of Warren’s Wastewater Department to tackle their energy issues. Team’s proposals resulted in more than $400,000 of cost savings for the City of Warrenwhich amounts to 10 years of energy savings. “We are excited to bring together this wide variety of skill and talent to benefit the community. We have received such an outpouring of support that we feel this is one way we can give some of that back.”
Registrants are organized into mixed teams by BRITE in advance of the event based on their skills and experience. These small mixed groups will then convene for a day to engage with experts and “hack” or create proposed solutions for the presented challenges. Group presentations are made to assembled judges at the end of the day and the best solutions are awarded a $1000!
2020 BRITEhack is presented by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation with support from Mercy Health and the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority.