What does it take to create a system that provides affordable yet clean and reliable electricity?

The Sydney EnergyFuture Hack

What does it take to create an system that provides affordable yet clean and reliable electricity?
The aim of EnergyFuture Hack Sydney is to explore how we can solve the current problems in our electricity market and help ‘prosumers’ get a fair deal for the electricity they generate.
Energy markets around the world are undergoing a rapid transformation due to new technologies in generation, distribution, trading and demand management. Australia has it’s own set of hurdles to modernise its energy system.
As our energy networks become more decentralised, traditional grid operators, utilities and retailers know that they need to overhaul the current approach of managing energy.

Do you have what it takes to be a disruptor in this fast changing market? What’s your vision for the future of energy?

Join EnergyFuture Hack at EnergyLab to develop new solutions that can help Australia transition to a modern, flexible and cost effective energy system.

Let’s find solutions that make energy more secure, more affordable and cleaner. These solutions can solve problems in a number of areas:

  • Distributed or decentralised energy systems
  • Demand side management
  • Internet of energy
  • P2P energy trading
  • Smartgrids and microgrids

There are many ways like:

  • Making a traditionally one-way electricity grid run any which way
  • Integrating millions of home solar and storage systems
  • Giving consumers real-time control of their energy (can I ask Siri?)
  • Taking solar on holidays with us, or giving it to our mum, or trading it with neighbours
  • Visualising energy data to transform how people use it
  • Reinventing how energy retailers interact with customers
  • Nabling an app eco-system for energy
  • Leveraging AI, Machine Learning, IoT, UX and more

You can participate as an individual or in a team. If you don’t have a team we’ll help you find people to team up with.

Here’s how it works:
1. Attend our team-building night on Thursday, 5 October 2017. If you have a team, you can compete as a team, if you are an individual, you’ll have the chance to meet like-minded people you can team up with. Either way it will be a fun night to meet peers and learn more about the problem statement for the EnergyFuture Hack.
2. The actual EnergyFuture Hack is on Saturday, 7 October 2017. That gives you a day to think about the problem statement, get to know and expand your team, do some research and get ready for a fun day.
3. Starting bright and early at 8am on Saturday, the EnergyFuture Hack begins. Your team will receive additional information and problem statements, meet mentors and industry experts on site to help prepare your pitch which you will present to the judging panel at 4pm. While the judges go through the presentations, you’ll be able to network with the other teams before the results will be announced at 5:30pm

So why should you do all this?
Participating in a Hackathon is fun, you meet great people and there are lots of prizes to be won. Prizes include: a free desk to develop your idea at our Chippendale office, one hour counsel with our partner KPMG, two hours legal advice with our partner Marque Lawyers...

Other prizes will be announced closer to the event!

Key Information
Where: EnergyLab, Building 25, 4-12 Buckland St, Chippendale NSW 2008
When: Thursday, 5 October from 6-9pm (Team building)
Saturday, 7 October from 8am - 6:30pm
Who: Students, Entrepreneurs, Designers, Engineers, Hackers, Business Professionals, and all those who want to create better energy.
You can register as an individual OR as a team.

Cost: Free and all meals provided!


Thursday, 5 October 2017
5:30 pm - Doors open
6:00 pm - Welcome session: theme and problem statement
6:30 pm - Team building
7:00 pm - Networking with the experts
8:00 pm - Team registration for Saturday’s EnergyFuture Hack Day
8:30 pm - Event closes

Saturday, 7 October 2017
8:00 am - EnergyFuture Hack starts (coffee and snacks served)
8:30 am - Presentations & support material provided
9:00 am - Teams start working solutions
12:30 pm - Lunch break
13:30 am - Teams continue work and start preparing their pitches
4:30 pm - 5 minute live pitches
5:00 pm - Judging panel reviews pitches, teams have 30 minutes to refresh/network
5:30 pm - Prizes & wrap-up

About EnergyLab
EnergyLab is Australia’s leading incubator and accelerator of clean energy businesses. Our integrated approach draws on the community of cleantech entrepreneurs and offers arrange of ways to engage and leverage their ideas, technologies and resources.

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Who: Students, Entrepreneurs, Designers, Engineers, Hackers, Business Professionals, and all those who want to create better energy.


Piers Grove

Piers Grove

Judging Criteria

  • Provides solution to the problem
  • Originality
  • Solution could be brought to the market