Accelerate the Transformation to a Smart, Clean and Equitable Grid

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is accelerating the transformation to a smart, clean and equitable grid of the future, and we want you to transform it with us. At the GridShift Hackathon, software developers,  energy enthusiasts and anyone passionate about climate change will come together to create solutions for achieving deep decarbonization in the Bay Area and beyond. Over the course of 24 hours, teams will work with the Bay Area’s leading clean energy providers to address issues of resiliency, equity and access during this period of sweeping changes across California’s energy landscape. Teams will have the chance to win $16,000 in cash prizes. Everyone is welcome - no coding or energy experience is required.

We're thrilled to work with our sponsors: the City of Palo Alto, East Bay Community Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy, and San Jose Clean Energy.

GridShift will be held at the Google Launchpad Developers Space in San Francisco, CA. In addition to registering on DevPost, be sure to get your ticket on the GridShift site.

 

Challenge Statement

Welcome to GridShift, the hackathon to accelerate the transformation to a smart, clean and equitable grid of the future. To address climate change, we must disrupt and rethink our relationship with energy generation, transmission, storage and use.

Our lives will be powered by renewable energy like solar, located on rooftops in our communities. Our homes and businesses will be 100% electric and smart, optimizing appliances and devices within the home and responding to price signals and grid conditions without compromising comfort or convenience. Our infrastructure and homes will be resilient, able to operate through and quickly recover from extreme climatic events. Our mobility will be  electrified to run off this clean electricity. And the grid of the future is for everyone: it’s equitable, affordable and accessible to all. 

Start off the decade right by tackling one of the following challenge areas to accelerate the transformation to the grid of the future. Join the re-volt. 

 

Challenge #1: Empowering the Community

Open, transparent and secure authorized exchange of energy data is a cornerstone for the grid of the future. Historically, accessing electricity meter and billing data has been expensive and cumbersome, often involving paper authorization forms, phone calls, and long wait periods. The monopoly on customer data has severely hampered third-party development of data-driven products and services that could empower customers and catalyze market transformation.

Using data from SVCE’s open energy portal, develop an application to help residents understand their energy usage, emissions, retail rate, energy costs, heater & appliance choice, and/or resilience. Include visualizations, personalized information, and functionality to inspire and enable households to take action.

 

Challenge #2: Enhancing Community Resilience 

In the wake of increased Public Safety Power Shut-off events, and the potential for a major earthquake in the Bay Area, develop an application to help residential customers understand and increase their resilience. Work to understand and prioritize the needs of vulnerable populations such as low income households and those who require electric medical devices. Consider leveraging data from SVCE’s open energy portal, as well as external data, APIs and tools, such as Google Sunroof and CalEnviroscreen.

 

Challenge #3: Transportation Electrification 

Electric vehicles (EV) are expected to reach up-front price parity by mid-2020. However, current EV adoption rates are not sufficient to reduce emissions fast enough to meet IPCC 2030 goals. Moreover, utilization of EVs still heavily skews to those with higher incomes, limiting the environmental and cost-savings potential from communities that stand to benefit the most, including those that have been historically marginalized, suffer disproportionate impacts from air pollution, and spend a relatively high share of income on fuel costs.

Propose solutions to accelerate the growth of electric vehicles of all types and foster more equitable adoption among residents in the Bay Area. Specific solutions could, for example:

  • Leverage data such as vehicle turnover and average vehicle age to forecast replacement cycles on a regional and/or income basis.
  • Determine the best time to target a potential EV buyer and analyze opportunities for growth in varying local geographies/demographics
  • Demonstrate how the economics of EV ownership can be made more favorable to those with moderate to lower incomes, including optimal incentive levels or delivery methods
  • Propose a solution related to EV charging accessibility, utilizing insights on the geographic and socioeconomic distribution of chargers
  • Suggest the most economical vehicle based on needs and transport patterns. Electric vehicles including electric cargo bikes, electric scooters, and electric skateboards can be included as viable options based on needs.

Datasets will be provided at the event.

You may also propose a solution that is relevant to the challenge statement but lies outside of the three sub-challenges; however, such a solution may face higher standards from the judges.

View full rules

Eligibility

FAQ 

Who can participate? 

Anyone over 18.

Is my ticket transferrable?

Yes.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No need to bring a paper ticket.

What is the refund policy?

We are unfortunately not able to offer refunds for this hackathon.

How many people can be on a team?

Minimum of 3 and maximum of 5. 

Who should be on my team?

The most successful teams have at least two software developers and person with knowledge of the clean energy space.

Can a member be part of more than one team?

No.

Can a team work on multiple ideas?

Teams can only submit one final idea to the judges.

When can we start coding?

You can start coding on Friday night after you form your team. Teams are subject to code review to ensure all development happens on site.

Can we change team formation after registration?

Yes, but teams must be set by Saturday at 8am.

Do I have to be at the event to participate?

Yes - Friday night 6pm-9pm and Saturday 8am-9pm.

How long will the registration be open?

Until the event sells out.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced on shortly after the pitches on Saturday, February 1.

Can I attend the pitches and awards without participating in GridShift?

Yes - you can buy your ticket here for the pitch session and award presentations.

Who owns the software after GridShift is over?

What you create is yours!

Will there be food at the event?

Yes, all meals are incuded (dinner on Friday and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday). Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available - we hear you Bay Area!

What are the challenges?

Sponsors will submit specific challenges, which will be posted on this page. You will also have an opportunity to come up with your own idea, announce your challenge and create a team to tackle it together.

Requirements

Submissions must be uploaded to Devpost by 6pm on Saturday, February 1.

Watch this video to learn how to upload your submission to DevPost.

You must include the following:

  1. A team name
  2. A team image or logo
  3. Be prepared to deliver your pitch to the judges

ou will either present a live demo or show a demo of your product through screen shots via (PDF, Powerpoint, or Keynote).

The pitch should include 20 seconds on the context/challenge you worked on and the remaining time demoing the solution.

Please note that this is not a business pitch competition. Your pitch and accompanying visuals should focus on what you built in the course of the hackathon. If there is a business idea associated with the product, you can include the business concept in the pitch of the product you built.

Judges

TBD

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Judging Criteria

  • Mission
    How well does the solution address the goals defined for this challenge? (20%)
  • Quality
    How creative, innovative, interesting, and unique is the solution in meeting contest requirements? (20%)
  • Implementation
    How well is the idea executed by the team and how well is the solution integrated with potential customers or systems? (20%)
  • User Experience
    How successful is the design, user functionality, graphics, typography, ease of use and visual aesthetic? (20%)
  • Impact
    To what extent will the submission impact the clean energy industry? How scaleable is the submission? (20%)

theme

  • Social Good