Smart Energy Hackathon Cambodia
Hack solutions to clean energy challenges with a chance to win prizes and founding customers for your idea!

Where: Factory Phnom Penh
When: 27 - 28 October 2018
Smart Energy Hackathon
Bringing together ITC, business, engineering and energy talent to support innovation and catalyse startups in clean energy.

Get ready to bring your skills and smarts to hack solutions towards a clean smarter energy future. Smart Energy is about integrating technology into our energy system to support clean, efficient, optimal consumption, distribution and production of energy.
Bringing together talent from inside and outside the energy industry can create powerful opportunities to develop unique and disruptive solutions.

Hack away!
Why a hackathon?
Hack (creative problem solving) athon (marathon)

It's a dedicated weekend to put aside distractions and work in a team to hack solutions: motivated with prizes, deadlines and unlimited refreshments. We've got challenges help keep focus and expert mentors to help you stay on track.

Hackathons are an efficient, low risk, low cost way to encourage innovation, catalyse startups and engage talent in the clean energy sector.
Who should attend?
Coders, UX/UI designers, energy experts, engineers, entrepreneurs, product developers, creatives, statisticians, data-lovers, finance gurus interested in creating smart energy solutions.

Successful teams need more a mix of software, energy experts, data analysis experts, product developers and designers and finance or project management wranglers.

You can apply as a team or as an individual. We recommend teams of 3-5 with each member bringing different skills to the table. If you don't have a team, we will help you connect and create a team at the Design Workshop.

To participate, please submit an application form. You MUST attend the Challenge Workshop on the 20th October.


Challenge Prizes

per challenge
Grand Prize

in device value
Grand Prize Sponsor
Solar Viability for Large Energy Users

Comin Khmere

Installing solar for large energy users is now legal and can be a positive viable investment. However viability depends on some site specific factors. It is costly to visit all factories across Cambodia, especially if many turn out to be not viable.

Can your team determine a way to engage with the 100s of factories across Cambodia to understand easily if solar is a viable option for electricity supply for them? If it is viable, how could you convey the opportunities and who they should turn to for installation and/or investment?
Cleaner and Smarter urban mobility

Urban Mobility Incubator by Grab, Impact Hub and UNDP

As each year passes, traffic in Phnom Penh becomes worse: more cars on the road, more pollution, more traffic accidents.

Can you establish a business model that makes mobility (moving around via transport) in urban areas more sustainable (using less energy, improving fuel efficiency, or using alternatives to fossil fuels) and smarter (using technology and innovation to reduce vehicles on the road)?

Efficient Incubator for Solar Smartgrid

Okra Solar

In Cambodia, crickets are a lucrative farming activity (crickets sell for $4/kg). They are usually caught via a fluro lightbulb, usually run on expensive diesel generators in offgrid areas.

Can you establish a viable business opportunity through an 'intelligent, energy efficient cricket incubator' that can be energised with the smart controls available to Okra smart grids. Your goal is to optimise yields while minimising the energy consumed, enabling Cambodian off-grid villages to compete with commercial cricket incubating across the border in Thailand.

Trust in Solar
for off-grid Cambodians


Solar home systems are an excellent way to meet the energy needs of over a million Cambodian rural households who still depend on torch or rechargeable car batteries for basic lighting and electricity. Cambodians are lucky to have many products and companies offering solar products.

But it's difficult for to rural Cambodians to get information on where to buy good quality solar, understand what to buy and find out what others think of products and companies. How do they report products that aren't so great?
This is your challenge!
Support farmers monitor their savings


For smallholder chicken farmers, 1/3rd of chicks don't survive the first 3 weeks of life – even in Cambodia chicks need heating. SGFE are working with farmers to show them how using eco-char briquettes is better business and cheaper than using lightbulbs for heating.

SGFE are trialing this with many farmers far from Phnom Penh - Can your team find a way to collect data to help communicate savings and keep farmers motivated to continue this eco-friendly process. Are you enough into chicks for this?

Engaging Consumers in Energy Efficiency


"We were exploring with with sensors and data at our data centre - we changed the setting on air con units from 16 to 23'C By monitoring the data, we discovered we halved energy consumption, because the units were operating more efficiently".

There are countless opportunities in Cambodia to save energy, and not all of them are technical solutions - customers need to participate. and in order to participate, they need to be able to measure!

Come up with solution that enables customers to measure and compare their energy use. What can you do with sensors, controls to put the consumer at the centre of opportunities to save energy.
Challenge Prize Sponsors
California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
New Energy Nexus
Meet our Judges
  • Cécile Dahomé
    Sevea CEO

  • Ivo Bessellink
    UNDP Senior Energy Advisor
  • Afnan Hanan
    Okra Solar CEO and Co-Founder
15th September
Hackathon announced and challenges published

Apply now here
15th October
Applications close
20th October
Challenge Workshop
Find a team member, understand the problem, and explore the problem with the challenge mentors and your team.
Your team MUST attend to
enter the Hackathon
27th - 28th October
Hackathon Weekend
27th October
8am Hackathon Kicks off
27th October
Pitch concept to mentors for advice and feedback, and to keep you on track
28th October
Hacking continues - opportunity for mentor support and pitch practice
28th October
1pm Hacking ends
Submission deadline
28th October
2-3.30pm Pitches!
28th October
Winner announcement and Awards Ceremony
28th October
1-7th November
Pitch for Grand Prize - 3 finalists pitch at Clean Energy Week
Founding Sponsors
California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
New Energy Nexus
Meet our Hackathon Mentors
  • Rogier van Mansvelt
    Comin Khmere
    Renewable energy, utility scale, industrial and commercial solar systems
  • Olivia Hough
    Managing Director, Impact Hub
    mobility, business development, communications, strategy

  • Antoine Denizart
    Manager, SEVEA
    solar and renewable energy business development

  • Gautier Azria
    Automation Engineer ATS Automation, IT, building controls, energy efficiency
Tickets and registration

Professional: 20,000 Riel
Student: 10,000 Riel

Tickets are available for selected applicants only.

Apply now! Click here.

Stay tuned for registrations, rules, more challenges,
Terms & Conditions.
How to enter

1. Submit the application form prior to 15 October

2. Attend the Challenge Workshop 20th October

3. See you at @ Factory Phnom Penh (20th October @2:00pm)
@ Factory Phnom Penh
1159 National Road No 2
The organisers
California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
New Energy Nexus
Our partners
Origin Energy
Origin Energy
Origin Energy
New Energy Nexus
New Energy Nexus
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