ALERT PowerOf50 Hackathon

July 3rd, 5th and 6th, 2014

Calling all creative designers, programmers and experts in energy and buildings! Come join us for the ALERT PowerOf50 Hackathon where we will create prototypes to encourage apartment building owners to invest in energy efficiency.

ALERT is co-founded by Jessie Ma (MPA 2009) and Ramtin Attar.

Join us for an opening reception on Thursday July 3rd with David Miller (AB 1981), President & CEO of WWF-Canada and Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Mr. Miller will speak about the importance of energy efficiency in facing our environmental challenges and how you can be a part of the solution!

On July 5th and 6th, 50+ talented developers, designers, energy experts, business advisors and mentors will create prototypes that make use of building datasets provided by the City of Toronto’s Tower Renewal program. These prototypes will encourage apartment building owners to invest in energy efficiency measures and take advantage of existing incentives. This could lower their greenhouse gas emissions by 74% -- and save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in energy costs!

A panel of judges will select three winners based on the following criteria: design ingenuity, use of dataset, applicability and originality. An award of $750 (CAD) will be given to the top submission followed by two awards of $500 (CAD) for two other teams. Innovative ideas and solutions from the hackathon will help develop a toolkit called ALERT (Affordable & Low-income Environmental Renewal in Toronto).

Event Details

You must be a registered competitor to attend any of the hackathon events, including the Opening Reception. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate observers due to very limited space in the venues.

Keynote Speech, Opening Reception & Information Session:
Date: Thursday July 3, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Autodesk (Visualization Studio, 2nd Floor, 210 King St. East, Toronto)
Keynote Speaker: David Miller, President and CEO, WWF-Canada
Participants are invited to a reception where they will be able meet other participants, form teams, and learn more about the challenge through presentations from past and present stakeholders.

Hackathon Day One:
Date: Saturday July 5, Starting at 8:30 a.m.
Location: The Centre for Social Innovation Annex
Teams will officially start the challenge and meet with various mentors throughout the day.

Hackathon will continue throughout the night

Hackathon Day Two:
Date: Sunday July 6, until 3:00 p.m.
Location: The Centre for Social Innovation Annex
Teams will present their submissions in the afternoon followed by the awards ceremony.

Further Information
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