EDF Energy, Atos & Samsung Hackathon

Key objectives:

  1. Investigate key issues in the energy sector.
  2. Transform ideas into prototypes.
  3. Cross-pollination of ideas and expertise across industries

Upfront defined business cases:

Day’s agenda

  • Introduction 1h
  • Storyboarding 2h
  • Wireraming/Coding 4h
  • Showcasing 1h
Hackathon details
  • Participating companies: Atos, EDF Energy, Samsung
  • Total number of teams participating: 8
  • Team size: 4-6 people
  • Team formation: n/a
  • Costs: n/a
  • How was the hackathon’s challenge set: The challenge came from the Government Department – how do we get more SMEs involved in supplying to the Public Sector. Atos proposed the Hackathon. 
  • Date: 24th October 2014
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Organisers:  Rob Price (ATOS), Selasi Ladzekpo (ATOS), David Dinsdale (ATOS), Charles Delalonde (EDF Energy R&D UK Centre) Robert Dempster (Samsung)

Idea - Simplifying Disaggregation

Concept:

  • Improve the visualisation of appliance disaggregated data.

Implementation / Data:

  • Team used real energy data (UKERC) to develop their visualisation of disaggregated data.

Innovations:

  • Research the use of Bayesian Networks for disaggregation.
  • Enriched with secondary data – weather, location and build energy rating.

Further links:

Idea - Thermo Boss

Concept:

  • Define your “Thermo Boss” profile
  • Compare who can save the most of their heating
  • Will you be a thermo-baby or thermo-inator?

Implementation / Data:

  • Integrating smart thermostat data into the customer experience

Innovations:

  • Competitive game to compete against your friends in local area

Further links:

Idea - EDF Spark

Concept:

  • Increase data privacy through allowing the customer to decide what data they share
  • Evolves as the customer provides more data if they wish

Implementation / Data:

  • Full user interface designed including notifications

Innovations:

  • Customers control the data, not energy company
  • Designed for non-technical customers

Further links:

Idea - Neighbourhood Watts

Concept:

  • Donate energy to friend, local communities and charities

Implementation / Data:

  • Full user interface designed
  • Developed marketing strategy and customer impact

Innovations:

  • Novel concept to help people struggling to heat their homes
  • Learn about energy through sharing, cups of tea or TV on standby
  • Help increase the trust agenda

Further links:

Idea - My Energy

Concept:

  • One stop energy portal
  • Understand, Control, Find help

Implementation / Data:

  • Live website coded in 8 hours
  • Pulling real thermostat and meter data

Innovations:

  • Full integrated system with external weather, tariff comparison, smart thermostat and smart meter data

Further links:

Idea - Homes that need us

Concept:

  • Evaluate smart thermostat data to highlight homes that need boiler maintenances or heating support

Implementation / Data:

  • Full user interface designed
  • Integrated smart thermostat data

Innovations:

  • Mapping smart thermostat data to generate a visual guide of people who need help
  • Used traffic signal system to quickly see homes in need of help

Further links:

Idea - the blame game

Concept:

  • Blame people in your house for using too much energy, dob them in and see whose behaviours is the most sustainable

Implementation / Data:

  • Coded solution in 8 hours
  • Replace the IHD (in home display)

Innovations:

  • Gamification, linked to the fact we always blame other people in ur house for turn the thermostat up or using to much energy
  • Fun, engaging method to get families to learn about energy

Further links:

Idea - Bary v0.1

Concept:

  • Game to engage individuals to explore the energy used by equipment in their property

Implementation / Data:

  • Coded solution in C+ in 8 hours

Innovations:

  • Individuals turned on and off appliances, that we record for appliance disaggregation
  • High focus on game to get consumption with their home

Further links:

The Winners

The winning team was “Neighbourhood Watts”

  • Rob Price from Atos
  • Corrina Safeio from EDF Energy
  • Robert Dempster from Samsung
  • Simon Fenn from Pancentric
  • Nicolas Pissard from Nitrente

The prize was a Netatmo Goody Bag including Smart Thermostats, Weather Stations and Rain Gages. 

The Runners-Up were “The Blame Game” team

  • Stuart Roberts from EDF Energy
  • Paul Tippins from Samsung
  • Peter Rints from Atos
  • Matt Doltis from Atos
  • Vin Summer 

Learnings

  • Hackathon are a great way to build collaborative environments for idea generation.
  • Simple proof of concepts can be developed in a short-time frame: 8 hours.
  • Using pre-defined business cases made from EDF Energy business units really accelerates the design process.
  • In the future, more work should be done to help get individuals set up with coding environments, IT equipment and UI design tools.

What went well:

  • Clarity of problem is paramount
  • Having predefined business cases
  • 3 minute pitch is just right
  • Team make up with one member from each company

What should be improved:

  • Increase number of graphical designers
  • Food must come earlier in the morning before people arrive
  • Smaller teams size from 2-3 people

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