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The Smart Energy Hackathon event in Bangkok has concluded with some innovative new ideas for advancing sustainable power ecosystems across Southeast Asia.

After 29 hours, participants in the event had pioneered 16 solutions as part of an initiative that has the ultimate goal of making the region the ‘go-to-place for digital smart energy-tech’.

“We are passionate about supporting entrepreneurs bring their ideas and solutions to the Southeast Asia marketplace and abroad. With the right mix of ideas, support and capital we can accelerate the energy transition to smarter and cleaner alternatives” explained one of the mentors, Jan-Justus Schmidt, Founder of BluGreen Energy.

Overall winners of the marathon hackathon, SolarPi, harnessed blockchain technologies in an incentive-based system that rewards solar energy producers with solar coins.

“Given the fact that the SolarPi team formed on site on Friday night, it is remarkable that this team delivered the most innovative solution,” said Robin Clart, CTO of Thailand based blockchain startup OmiseGO and judge at the Smart Energy Hackathon.

Accelerators in the region, including Techgrind and Startup Bootcamp, attended to see if any of the teams were ready to join an incubator to benefit from mentorship and potential investment.

The Hackathon is the inaugural event of the New Energy Nexus Southeast Asia (Nexus SEA) platform, which has been established to accelerate the region’s transition to a clean energy future.

The programme will initially concentrate on four countries before expanding to other locations in Southeast Asia.

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