Hack-Diary: Day 4

Published by Ocean Generation \ February 13, 2019 2:25 am

10th February

Sunday 10th February saw the final day and award ceremony for our Hackathon #Dadlihack hosted in Antigua and Barbuda. After a long day of final work, each team had 3 minutes to pitch their idea around our core theme “Infrastructure And Resilience In The Face Of Climate Change”. We had talented teams here in Antigua along with Skype pitches from other Caribbean islands such as Trinidad and Tobago, and pre-recorded video pitches from our teams at SONY and IDEON in Sweden.

The competition was fierce, and the ideas were revolutionary. Pitch pressure was building as teams showcased their hard work following our firm criteria.

How feasible was their idea?

How much money and resources would it take to implement?

How many people would it directly impact?

Ideas ranged from community application to connect skilled laborers to find employment after natural disasters, to our Jamaican team pitching a post-disaster drone system to identify crisis areas. In order for drones to find vulnerable communities people would be given large waterproof icons to inform drones what help they require. Team St. Lucia pitched an idea to assist commercial and residential properties with energy efficient technology which can improve the energy management of small island developing states.

The competition was tough and our expert panel including Donna Levin (MIT business professor) Dr Martin Edlund CEO of Minesto, Jonas Michanek SONY/IDEON executive and local Antiguan representatives had the hard job of deliberating and awarding our 2/3 prizes of $1000, and our winning prize of $5000.

And so who are our winners? TEAM PROJECT JAGUAR! Our youngest participating team. Their idea? Simple. Data analysis system’s that log data from events like Sargassum seaweed occurrences and metrological data (sea surface temperature, tides, winds). Data is then applied to statistical algorithms to analyze patterns, trends and make predictions. Chemical sensors will be placed on relevant shorelines to detect and log the presence of Sargassum. The insight will be sold to hotels, restaurants and other stakeholders in the tourism industry so that they can prepare and tackle the problem before it even hits our shores. It’s all about being proactive rather than reactive to the effects of climate change on islands.

We are proud to announce that UNOPS our primary partner, are opening a climate innovation hub in Antigua and Barbuda. The new space will support no only our winners of our hackathon and incubate their solutions but a variety of ideas from the event. We hope to have the winning solution activated and tested in 2019.

As an organisation, Ocean Generation would like to welcome any mentors and partners interested in developing ideas from the hackathon events and help build a resilient future for vulnerable communities at the mercy of climate change.

Our award ceremony ended in a dance party by our participants and countless conversations about how life-changing this weekend could be. Our hackathon model gives people the chance to express their concerns for their future and tap into a new network designed to support and build strong and reliable solution based action.

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