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The Energy Hackathon is the second hackathon organized as part of the APIC-NSERC Alliance project titled ‘Towards Future Interconnected Electric Systems’. The main themes of this hackathon are listed below, although participants are free to work on any challenges that they are interested in.

  • Theme 1 System Modeling and Artificial Intelligence for Power Systems
  • Theme 2 Advanced Power Electronics for the Smart Grid
  • Theme 3 Grid Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy
  • Theme 4 Safety and Security for the Smart Grid

We encourage students from all faculties and all levels to participate in this hackathon. Participants do not need to know programming or be part of the Electrical and Computer engineering department to participate as we will have a wide variety of challenges available. Participants will also be encouraged to brainstorm their own ideas and form teams on day 1.

This event is also supported by AI4Society, ISAIC, and Future Energy Systems.


This Hackathon will take place over the weekend May 6-8, a schedule is available below

Day 1, May 6, 2022

The first day of the Hackathon will be for participants to get familiar with each other and the tools they can use. Ideas will be brainstormed and participants will be asked to vote for the challenges they like.

TimeActivities and Speakers
5:00 – 5:30 pmOpening Remarks and Introduction
5:30 – 6:15 pmWorkshop on Jupyter Notebook: Local and Cloud solution setup
By Omid Hajihassani, ISAIC
6:15 – 6:30 pmBreak
6:30 – 7:15 pmWorkshop: Visualizing and presenting your data in Python with Bokeh and GitHub Pages
By Ildar Akhmetov
7:15 – 9:30 pmBrainstorming ideas and teaming up

Day 2, May 7, 2022

Day 2 begins with final team formations, after which teams are free to work independently on their assigned problem. Moderators will be hosting Drop-in Q&A sessions if participants have questions.

TimeActivities and Speakers
8:30 – 9:00 amFinal team formation, problem-solving begins
9:00 – 11:00 am Drop-in Q&A sessions
1:00 – 3:00 pmDrop-in Q&A sessions
3:00 – midnightProblem-solving continues overnight

Day 3, May 8, 2022

Teams continue working independently until noon on day 3. Draft presentations are due at noon and a submission link will be shared with teams. Finally, teams will present to an audience of judges and other teams. Winners will be announced at the end.

TimeActivities and Speakers
8:30 – noonProblem-solving continues, projects due at noon
Noon – 1:00 pmBreak
1:00 – 2:30 pmTeam presentations
3:00 – 4:00 pmResults and Closing remarks

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