Challenges

Challenge #1: Smart heating for residents of Multi Family Houses

Problem statement: Residents of multi family houses often find it difficult to customize their heating system to their needs. They often manually adjust individual radiators and other heating appliances thereby missing out on potential increases in comfort, savings on their energy bill and important CO2 emission reductions. How to make heating systems in multi family houses smarter and increase its attractiveness?

Brainstorming leads: What are intelligent ways to define heating patterns? How can feedback to residents be used to create changes in user behaviour? Are additional customer benefits needed to make it more attractive and what solutions or hardware parts are missing in the puzzle?

Assets: Danfoss will provide participants with products from the Danfoss Link Heating product line, which can be controlled via a cloud API. The API allows to control the heating system and read data such as individual temperatures and all kind of user settings.

Prize: A trip to the Danfoss headquarters in Denmark to pitch your idea

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Challenge Winner: Make Heating Hot Again!
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Challenge #2: : Search optimization and recommendation engine for sustainable products on wholesale-platforms

Problem statement: When a malfunctioning or outdated electrical part needs to be replaced, private and business customers often act by force of habit. More efficient products are often not purchased because people are not aware of them and all related benefits. How to make customers making a better (more sustainable, more energy efficient) buying choice?

Brainstorming leads: How can the search engine be optimized and effective recommendations integrated? Could a specific subcategory of outdated parts be automatically recognized using a smartphone camera? What kind of product features besides efficiency are most likely to convince customer groups?

Assets: Exclusive product data base incl. photos, energy key figures and user benchmarks are ready for you to use! Plus: a range of illustrative material of typical energy saving/wasting products

Prize: Vouchers for electronic/tech products worth 1500€ from Sonepar

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Challenge Winner: Happy-makers
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Challenge #3: Making energy consumption data actionable for industrial managers

Problem statement: Industrial processes are amongst the hardest to decarbonize. Saving energy in industrial production relies very much on the perception and awareness of the employees and decision making. Today, real-time data is available but it is often difficult to access and understand. How to make this data smart for industries to save energy, water and resources?

Brainstorming leads: How can big data help industries be more environmentally efficient? Look for new solutions to collect, assess and visualize data from industrial production. What are UX patterns that could increase employee involvement?

Assets:We provide existing data from an industry partner. You will be able to use a real-time energy controlling software or base your project on your own development tools.

Prize: 2 000 € & further cooperation with Veolia and InfraLab Berlin

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Challenge Winner: ComPlat
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