Building on the momentum of Energy Hack 2016, The University of Melbourne and founding partner Powershop Australia will again bring industry, academics, professionals, students and start-ups together for Energy Hack 2017.

As power prices in Australia continue to rise and the threat of summer blackouts loom, finding the key to unlocking reliable, high-quality, cheap, climate friendly energy at scale is becoming more urgent.

Energy Hack is Australia’s largest energy hackathon. It brings together the cleantech community to look into the future and drive innovation and positive change towards stable, abundant and affordable energy for consumers.

Energy Hack ‘17 will take place from October 20-22 at Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne.

Teams will have two days to develop their ideas around Community Power and The Virtual Power Plant and will pitch their concepts to a panel of expert minds including mentors from legal, policy, consumer products, energy production and digital technologies.

Event participants include a mix of industry, academics, professionals, students, community groups and start-ups; everyone and anyone with an interest in energy is invited to participate. Join us and collaborate with Melbourne Energy Institute and Powershop experts, gain access to big data analysis, experiment with new forecasting and machine learning methods, explore commercial applications of blockchain technology, look at emerging energy technologies and test your ideas.

This years prize includes $5,000 worth of Visa cards for the winning team, legal counsel to help establish the foundations of your start-up, Powershop power credits and an intimate dinner with the best minds in Australian energy and start-up businesses.

Powershop Australia CEO Ed McManus said, “Since the first Energy Hack last year we have launched Powershop Labs to continue to mentor and support renewable energy start-ups to commercialise their ideas and build on ideas that were formed at Energy Hack 2016. We’re looking forward to working with this year’s teams to build ideas that could help shape the future of the energy industry.”

Melbourne Energy Institute director Professor Professor Michael Brear said, “Deep technical expertise is a crucial part of the cleantech startup eco-system and through the Energy Hack partnership the University of Melbourne is helping the hack participants link in, early in their careers, with the entrepreneurial community.”

With the support of the Victorian State Government – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), City of Melbourne, Citipower/PowerCor, Deloitte and Allens, the two-day event promises to be even bigger and better than last year.

If you have a creative and innovative mind and want to be involved in shaping the future of energy, visit http://energy.unimelb.edu.au/news-and-events/events/energy-hack-2017 and sign up to Energy Hack 2017.