Clean Energy Hack

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Bldg. 25, 4-12 Buckland St

Chippendale, NSW 2008


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Clean Energy Hack: the 24-hour challenge for a cleaner energy future

Are you interested in the potential of business and technology to address challenges like decarbonising our electricity grid?

EnergyLab and Origin Energy have teamed up to challenge you to find solutions to facilitate the uptake of clean energy in Australia. You'll have 24 hours to come up with a business idea that solves one of the problems proposed for this hackathon.

How it works

  1. Inspiration: We'll kick off with a couple talks and present the hackathon challenges.

  2. Team forming: You can register as a team if you want, but if you're missing a team member or registering as an individual then we'll help you find teammates.

  3. Ideation: Once teams are formed the brainstorming begins! Come up with a bunch of ideas and pick the one you want to work on for the rest of the hackathon.

  4. Developing: We'll leave lots of time for you to develop your ideas, build a prototype if possible, and prepare your presentation.

  5. Presenting: Each team will present to a panel of judges, who will pick the winning teams.

  6. Celebrating: Unwind and celebrate what you've achieved in less than 24hrs over a drink and something to eat.


1) How can we help customers make better energy decisions?


  • How can we establish trust between utilities and customers?
  • How can we incentivise customers to adopt 3rd party energy management?
  • How can better energy management create tangible value for both customers and utilities?

2) How to entice the next wave of solar? Beyond subsidies and early adopters.


  • How can we help underserved segments of the market to take up solar power?
  • How can we improve the current model for solar and make it viable for mass adoption?
  • What are the services that can make solar+storage more attractive to households?

For both challenges, you can choose to look at households or commercial customers. You will also have access to Solar Analytics API.


6 July (5:30 PM - 9:30 PM) Hackathon start: presentation of the challenges, team formation, dinner and start hacking!

7 July (8 AM - 5PM) Hackathon with access to mentors, breakfast and lunch are included

7 July (5 PM - 7PM) Pitch your solution and celebrate with networking drinks!

You'll need to bring a laptop and fresh ideas. We'll handle all meals and snacks.

Who should participate? Students, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, hackers, professionals, and anyone else interested in energy startups. You can register as an individual or as a team.

Frequently asks questions (FAQs)

How many people are allowed in a team?

Teams must contain 2, 3 or 4 people. Teams with 5 or more people in them must break into two or more smaller teams. Individuals can't compete but we will help you find at least one other person to form a team with (see below).

I already have teammates, can I just participate with them?

Yes! As long as you have at least one other person on your team (and your team doesn't have more than four people in it).

I don't know anyone else attending, how will I form a team?

We have your back! We have built in a number of ways for you to meet other people in the same boat and will help you form a team with people you want to spend Saturday with. Before the event you will be invited to a Facebook Group and Friday night will start off with some casual networking over drinks. During the presentations, everyone will introduce themselves so you know who else is looking for team members. During dinner, the organiser will help match individuals together and make sure no one is left out. If you have any questions or concerns please send an email to

Can I still participate if I don't have an idea?

You can! We'll help your team find something interesting to work on.

Do I own my idea?

All the IP is and stays yours!

Is the Hackathon going on during the whole night?

We'll be closing the doors at 21:30 on Friday night and re-open them at 8:00 on the following day to make sure you get some rest!

I have another question, who can I talk to?

Send Sarah an email to


James Tilbury, Co-Founder and Programs Director, EnergyLab

Linda Koschier, Head of Partnerships, Future Energy and Business Development, Origin

Rachel Bunder, Data Scientist, Solar Analytics


3 months hotdesking membership at EnergyLab

Tickets for the Disruptive Innovation conference with access to workshops and masterclasses

A spot for your startup in EnergyLab's pre-acceleration program

Our sponsor and partners

This event is made possible thanks to our sponsor Origin Energy.

We'd also like to thank our partner Hackathon Australia for their support

And we want to thank Solar Analytics for sharing their API with the participants of this hackathon

Volunteers needed

If you don't want to participate, but still want to be involved, we'd love some people to help out on the day.

We'll need volunteers for the 6/07 and 7/07.

Please email Sarah at if you're interested.

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Chippendale, NSW 2008


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