Emergency response platform wins first ESB Big Energy Hack

ESB Big Energy Hack
Winners of the first ESB Big Energy Hack

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24 October 2016 | 0

A cloud-based platform to alert and coordinate emergency response units to potential risks on the electricity network during storms has won the €5,000 first prize at ESB Big Energy Hack.

The solution, created by the team Cloud Command, allows emergency services such as the Gardai, fire services, hospitals and state agencies share information such as location data and communication network status.

Some 150 hackers, who formed into 10 teams participated in the 48-hour competition – the first of its kind in Ireland. The teams were supported by more than 30 mentors comprising of experts in the energy industry, as well as business, IT and marketing professionals.

The second prize went to Jolt for technology using social media platforms to identify the cost of electricity homes are using and help consumers save money in real time.

Presenting the winning prizes, Pat O’Doherty, chief executive of ESB, said: “The Cloud Command team devised an idea that is not only innovative, but also practical and implementable and ESB will be working with the winning team to investigate how to make this idea a reality in the coming months… Events like this allow us to collaborate with talent from a wide range of industries and backgrounds.”

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