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1st Energia Tech Hackathon a great success

Information updated on 29/10/20

“Why not become an active player for the future of your territory?” That is what the Energia Tech Hackathon is all about! The highly successful event took place in Montpellier on September 10-11, 2020.

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Initiated by Schlumberger, this collaborative challenge is organized in partnership with the Occitanie Region, Cité de l’Economie et des Métiers de Demain, AD’OCC, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole BIC, DERBI competitiveness cluster, Enedis, the Innovosud startup incubator, EPF school, and RésO IP+. The event seeks to help identify innovative digital solutions that will help to better measure, save, produce, distribute, plan, and promote energy in Occitanie, to help the area become the leading positive energy region in Europe.

During the event’s two days, over 100 people involved with energy and digital technologies got together to explore ways to build projects seeking to provide the  energy autonomy our imperiled planet needs to survive.

Energia Tech invited all participants, including students, startups, SMEs, and institutions, to join in groups to think outside the box on eleven challenges, such as electric mobility and energy optimization. The Energia Tech Hackathon was the very first event of this type organized in the new Cité de l’Économie et des Métiers de Demain (Center for the Economy and Professions of Tomorrow), inaugurated in Montpellier just one day earlier.

In the particular context of today’s COVID-19 health crisis, Energia Tech Hackathon was not an easy event to organize. Nonetheless, all possible health safety measures were taken to reassure participants and project stakeholders.

Following deliberation and a decision by the jury, awards were given late in the afternoon of Friday, September 11, in the presence of representatives from Occitanie Region and Olivier Peyret, President of Schlumberger France.

Winning teams and projects

  • Entrepreneur Award: “Calls-for-tender for Energy in Occitanie at your Fingertips”. Challenge won  by Deepbloo, a startup based at Montpellier BIC via the SparX program.
  • Challenge Award: “Geothermal potential in the Occitanie region finally revealed!” Challenge won by Schlumberger and BRGM.
  • Jury Favorite Award: “Solar Experience, a workshop for creating solar panels and raising awareness”. Challenge won by Solar Experience.
  • Eco-City Award: “Eco-responsible platform to manage your photos sustainably”. Challenge won by Cyme, a startup based at the Montpellier BIC incubator.

Next year’s Energia Tech Hackathon is already on the calendar, perhaps to be held in Toulouse on the initiative of a different partner.

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