We are looking for innovative solutions to encourage the further development of District Heating. Let's celebrate the 50 years of District Heating in Brescia together!
Area: District heating
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of District Heating in Brescia, we organized a Hackathon which aims to identify innovative solutions in this field in order to extend the positive impacts of this technology on the communities of the Brescia area.
District heating, in fact, is a reliable and efficient system for heating homes that respects the environment and uses the resources available in the area.
Specifically, it involves the erasure of boiler purchase costs and the reduction of operating and maintenance costs compared to traditional heating systems, thus increasing the level of safety.
From an environmental point of view, district heating guarantees greater energy efficiency, savings in the used fuel and a lower consumption of primary energy sources of fossil origin.
We are looking for ideas that can lead to the birth of sustainable projects that enhance the opportunities deriving from district heating. We are involving the 4th and 5th year students of the High Schools of Brescia of the school year 2022-2023, as they are actors directly interested in taking part in the transition to a more sustainable city model.
There are three challenges on which you will have the opportunity to work, which concern different issues connected to District Heating:
The Hackathon represents an important opportunity for your professional training. An innovative way to learn through concrete projects and real-life challenges of a social, environmental and economic nature. You will be supported by tutors and mentors, and you will interact with experts from the business and professional world, going to acquire and refine different skills, such as the baility to work in a team and manage critical issues in the development of a project, with the goal of prototyping ideas that have a positive impact on the local community. Thanks to the support of teachers and organizers, technical notions relating to district heating, energy and heat distribution will also be transferred before the Hackathon to guarantee you the same level of preliminary knowledge. During the two days, you will put into practice what you have learned, bringing out creativity and inventiveness and becoming the promoters of change, thanks to the active development of proposals that can be implemented from a business and professional point of view, which will guarantee you a competitive advantage for future paths and uses.
The finalist teams that will be able to access the Hackathon will be 9, 3 per challenge. A jury will elect 3 winning teams, one for each challenge, which will be rewarded with vouchers worth € 250 per person.
Participants will be able to apply in teams composed of a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 6 people. However, it will also be possible to apply individually. For students who already have an idea, it will be possible to enter a brief description in the form and / or submit a first draft of the proposal, also attaching a short document. Even though this is optional, it is a preferential element if the applications are very numerous and it is necessary to carry out a preliminary screening of the candidates.
The Hackathon will be divided into the following steps: