Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate in this Energy Hackathon?
Any students who are interested in energy systems can participate.
How will this Energy Hackathon work?
At the end of day 1, participants will vote for ideas that they are interested in (we will explain how this works during the ‘Brainstorming ideas and teaming up’’ session on day 1). Throughout day 2 and until noon of day 3, teams will work on their own to solve the problem/challenge of their choice and build a presentation. Between 1-3 pm on day 3, teams will be called on to present their challenge.
Do I already need a team to sign up for the Hackathon?
No, teams will be formed on day 1 based on topics of interest.
How many people can be in a team?
Teams can have 2-4 members.
What platforms will be used for hosting the Energy Hackathon?
The energy hackathon will be hosted in person. If you are not able join us in person, please let us know in advance to make sure we have everything set up to help you join virtually.
If you are joining virtually, all links will be shared with registrants a few days before the event.
Where can I sign up?
Please, register by filling up this form.
Is registration free?
Yes, there are no registration costs.
Do participants need to know programming?
No, participants do not need to know programming. There will be many types of challenges available that do not require programming. And workshops will be provided on day 1 for those who wish to learn some programming.
Do I have to be in Electrical and Computer Engineering to participate in this hackathon?
No, this event is open to all students.
Who are the organizers?
The Energy Hackathon is organized as part of the APIC-NSERC Alliance project titled ‘Towards Future Interconnected Electric Systems’ led by Professor Petr Musilek from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The event is funded by NSERC and APIC organizations (AESO, ATCO, Altalink, ENMAX, EPCOR, and FortisAlberta). AI4Society, ISAIC, Future Energy Systems and the Energy Systems Signature Area are also supporting and helping organize this event.
What are the prizes?
There will be gift cards for the top 3 winning teams and some additional special prizes.
How will the ideas/presentations be judged?
Judges will be picked from the University of Alberta/Calgary faculty and from the APIC company representatives. Judges will mark each idea and presentation according to set guidelines, the guidelines will be shared with all participants before the event.