Energy Blockchain Hackathon

December 3rd - 5th 2018, Bern- Switzerland

Swisspower And The Energy Web Foundation Will Host Switzerland’s First Hackathon Focused On Blockchain-Solutions For The Energy Sector.

Apply until November 25th, 2018!

Bring together industry leaders
and the brightest minds from the startup world

Solve specific challenges
of partner companies and organizations

Identify potential collaboration opportunities
between startups and hackathon partners

Develop prototypes
for the company within 48 hours

Develop new solutions
for the future of industrial companies

Why Startup & Developers Should Participate?

Solve Real World Challenge

Hack real-world challenges related to the decentralization and digitization of the energy sector.

Network & Mentoring

Meet international key-players in the field of blockchain. Meet the top management of the sponsoring partners and have the opportunity to work with the Challenge Partners on a follow-on project. Business development opportunities.

Test your Skills and Receive Feedback

Promote your own product portfolio and skills.

Get Publicity

Get media coverage during and following the event.

Winning Prize

Win € 2500 as prize money.
Win 2 startup tickets to Pioneers’19.

Care package

Get the trip and accommodation costs refunded up to € 500 EUR per team.
Want to participate as a Startup, developer or with your team?

If it sounds like just the right thing for you, then apply now!

Amongst all applications received, the top teams will have the possibility to co-create and hack the challenge. No worries if you're a lone fighter, we will match your skills with complementary peers.


Hackathon Topics

Energy Web Fundation

The Problem

Currently, most of the big companies now account and report the scope 1 & 2 emissions but there are no efficient and effective tools or platforms to capture the emissions occurred along the value chain of the reporting company. An d as per the GHG protocol corporate standard such emission along value chain are treated as scope 3 emissions. Because of this such companies are missing out significant opportunity for the improvement on GHG emissions reporting and addressing the sustainable development goals.This manifest the need of full GHG emission inventory incorporating corporate level scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions which enables companies to understand their full value chain emissions and to focus their efforts on the greatest GHG reduction opportunities. To build such GHG emission inventory, blockchain like technology can be ideal choice. Blockchain along with other emerging technologies can provide tools to transparently capture the GHG emissions and provide mechanisms to offset them. Also, right use of privacy preservation frameworks can lead to greater adoption of such open GHG inventory.

The Challenge
Design an end-to-end provenance platform for goods to capture the CO2 footprint throughout the lifecycle (extract, process, package, distribute, consume/destroy) based on different criteria like emission and combustion factors. Offset the CO2 footprint on a marketplace.Provide a mechanism based on common standard/specification to prove the footprint and offset.

Showcase a developed concept and first MVP. Use blockchain technology in a meaningful and innovative way. Deliver a presentation illustrating the business model.


The Problem

The reliability of distributed energy resources (DER) in terms of smart meter connectivity and data integrity is critical for new business models. The variability (# of unit vs time) and uncertainty (predictability of generation) of DER is important to the different supply and purchase agreements. The reputation of a DER or energy asset in the connected world depends on reliability, variability and uncertainty parameters. Blockchain enables the platform for creating different decentralized marketplaces for supply & amp; purchase agreements and RECs (Renewables Energy Certificates) trading. But this technology is also introducing other challenges related to the trust associated with DER performance and ability to verify without a third party. Hence the decentralized applications might require a decentralized asset registry to ensure the performance and reputation of a DER. Other emerging technologies like Machine Learning could be part of the solution to solve this problem.

The Challenge
Register a device with attributes like OEM, capacity, operating specs, calibration criterion etc. Provide a reputation score based on the device performance. Provide mechanism to create blacklist of rogue devices. Possible approach to use machine learning algorithm to detect the abnormal behavior.

Showcase a developed concept and first MVP. Use blockchain technology in a meaningful and innovative way. Deliver a presentation illustrating the business model.

Swiss Power

The Problem

Currently, most countries have net metering mechanism in place for individuals who have a PV panel and are producing electricity from renewables. Load shifting mechanisms have to be in place to help the grid operator for load balancing. Within the self-consumption community control mechanisms for controlling batteries and inverters, algorithms to forecast the demand and marketplace to enable local peer to peer sharing of electricity are required. In this challenge, the energy trading between self-consumption communities is of interest. What are the requirements for trading of (excess) energy between self-consumption communities, how is the system to be designed and what are the relevant parameters? What is the added benefit of a blockchain?

The Challenge
Demonstrate/model PV producing electricity connected to the blockchain network Demonstrate/model aggregated consumption of the households. Demonstrate forecasting of the individual household load demand (if possible based on real data). Demonstrate the ability to trade locally produced electricity through contracts.

Showcase a developed concept and first MVP. Use blockchain technology in a meaningful and innovative way. Deliver a presentation illustrating the business model.


The first two days are for our Hackathon participants only. On the third day we want to invite everyone who is interested in the Energy Blockchain topic to come and join us for the final pitches and insights on the innovation potential and opportunities in Energy Blockchain.

15:00-16:00 - Registration
16:00-17:30 - Hackathon Kick-off
17:30-19:00 - Task Definition (in groups)
19:00-20:00 - Welcome Dinner & drinks
20:00-23:00 - Work session
08:00 - Development Time
10:00 - Mentorship Time (Optional)
12:00 - Lunch
16:00 - Feedback Session
18:00 - Dinner & Networking
Open End Development Time!
08:00 - Development Time
12:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Prototypes Presentations
16:00 - Final Pitches to Expert Jury
18:30 - Winners Announcement
19:00 - Networking



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