21st - 23rd October 2016

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The Big Energy Hack

Hack, make, create and build new energy solutions that will set us all on the right path for a low carbon future

The goal of the Big Energy Hack is to discover and explore innovative customer solutions for a low carbon future. Join a bunch of creative and innovative minds for 48 exhilarating hours of invention to challenge the current energy status quo in Ireland. To help trigger your imagination we will be providing you with real datasets, insights and mentorship throughout the event.


1st Prize


2nd Prize


3rd Prize


And there's more

Those with ground breaking creations and concepts may also have the opportunity to bring their idea to the next level at ESB's Innovation Hub, X_Site.

Who should participate in the Big Energy Hack?

We’re looking for great people with great ideas. Entrepreneurs, IT and technology specialists, engineers, marketers, designers, forward thinkers 
are all welcome to apply.

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There is a sign up fee of €20 which will be reimbursed 
at the event.

The Challenges

Challenge 1

Empower Customers to be more Energy Efficient in their Homes

Electricity is available at the click of a switch but home owners have no idea how much electricity each appliance uses and how they can better manage them to save on costs.

Electric Ireland is currently conducting a smart home trial using data analytics and smart devices to give home owners an insight into electricity usage across their appliances. Armed with this data and considering that future appliances will be fitted with IoT devices, what kinds of smart solutions can be developed to help customers understand their electricity usage and empower them to manage it more efficiently? And, what kinds of apps and smart customer interfaces could help customers visualise their electricity usage more easily and simply?

Challenge 2

Enhance the ecar Driving Experience

ecars manages and operates 1,200 public charge points across Ireland. ecar drivers rely on battery powered technology and so face a unique set of challenges which include smart route planning, queuing and delays at fast charge points and petrol/diesel cars occupying ecar charge point spaces. We also want to find new ways of enhancing the user experience during the period when drivers are re-charging for 25-30 minutes at a fast charge point.

To help you on your way we will give you access to data containing charge point locations and availability-status information; and profiles of different types of ecar drivers.

Challenge 3

Improve the Reliability and Quality of the Electricity Supply

ESB Networks has been cited by IBM as the third smartest electricity network in the world. The reliability and quality of electricity supply to all our customers is vital but we face a number of challenges that cause network outages and faults. These include the impact of storms/floods, metal theft, tree growth, bird strikes and increased construction activity.

Our goal and challenge to you is to think of innovative ways to reduce the number and duration of outages so we can deliver a more reliable service. You will be provided with network fault outage data for the last three years - showing the type, location, cause of the faults and planned outages - along with weather and housing data. Using this information, how can we improve our forecasts of faults and outages? Also, what solutions can be developed to keep customers better informed?


On the first evening we will share real and exclusive data from the following areas;

  • Smart Home electricity consumption from our smart home trial
  • Electric cars charging network
  • Electricity Networks

You will also have access to Raspberry Pi’s, Intel boards, 3D printers, CNC machine, visual harvesting, mentoring and workshops. If you’re interested in other hardware/software resources please get in touch with us.

Event Information

When and Where?

The Big Energy Hack will take place from Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23 in Dogpatch Labs, CHQ, Dublin 1.

Food and drink will be provided throughout the weekend.

Inside dogpatch labs, groups of people smiling and chatting

Why you can't miss the Big Energy Hack

Do it for the experience. The ideas. The community. The future. The Learning. Do it for the team. Do it for you. Do it now. You will get the opportunity to pitch your idea to a panel of reputable judges, receive mentoring from industry leaders and network with like-minded individuals.


All updates to schedule are posted on our blog.

Friday 21st October

  • 5.00pm Welcome Reception and Registration
  • 6.50pm Challenges outlined
  • 7.20pm 'Pitch-Off'
  • 8.05pm Team Formation
  • 8.20pm Making Session

Saturday 22nd October

  • 8.00am Breakfast
  • 10.00am Workshops & Mentor Sessions
  • 12.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm Mentor Session
  • 5.30pm Dinner
  • 9.30pm Pizza & Drinks

Sunday 23rd October

  • 8.00am Breakfast
  • 10.00am All Day Making Session
  • 12.30pm Lunch
  • 2.00pm Pitch Coaching & Presentation
  • 5.00pm Idea Showcase
  • 5.20pm Final Pitches
  • 7.00pm Winners Announced and Reception
  • 7.15pm Wrap-up and Reception

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