The hackathon offers participants a share of a €20,000 ($23,410) prize for “innovative and implementable solutions” to key challenges facing the wind industry.
For 2018, event partners Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and EDP Renewables are looking for proposals on Blockchain applications for hybrid systems optimisation, and optimising predictive maintenance and O&M, respectively.
The contributions will be assessed by ‘C-level’ representatives from the event partners as part of an expert judging panel that includes Recharge Editor-in-Chief Darius Snieckus.
Hack the Wind will be held across the first two days of the WindEurope Conference 2018, part of the Global Wind Summit (GWS) taking place from 25-28 September 2018 at the Hamburg Messe und Congress.
As well as a share of the cash prize pool, winning innovators will get the chance to present their solutions at the event – the world’s largest wind industry gathering.
Hack the Wind 2017 attracted more than 80 participants.
WindEurope deputy CEO Malgosia Bartosik said: “Last year’s Hack the Wind was a brilliant way of not only giving attendees something to learn from but of fostering innovations and creating new start-ups. We are tremendously excited to see this year’s event build on that success.”
Diego Pavia, CEO at InnoEnergy – a European sustainable energy innovation platform – added: “Last year’s Hack the Wind was a real milestone on our journey to making European sustainable energy the world’s most innovative industrial sector. This year we want to go one better with challenges set around two trends that will really shape the future of our industry: improved operations and maintenance and effective integration with blockchain.”