(AMSTERDAM)

A major annual European wind energy conference will host its first ever hackathon this year in a bid to generate new innovations for the industry.

The €20,000 Hack the Wind platform will be held at the WindEurope Conference and Exhibition, taking place in Amsterdam later this month. The collaborative initiative is being spearheaded by industry body, and conference organisers, WindEurope, along with the continent’s ‘sustainable energy engine’, InnoEnergy, which is backed by the EIT.

“Every year, we look to make our conference better, with new ideas that can lead to meaningful change for the industry. We are excited to work with InnoEnergy on our first at-event hackathon to drive innovation and new partnerships in the space,” said Malgosia Bartosik, WindEurope Deputy CEO

A panel, made up of representatives from the organisers, will assess the ideas of participants on their ability to ‘shape the future of wind energy’.

“Designers, developers, wind energy experts, data scientists and analysts will have the chance to work with Envision’s IoT platform EnOS and will be able to access datasets from wind turbine sensors to hack for a greener tomorrow,” the Hack the Wind website states.

Diego Pavía, Chief Executive Officer at InnoEnergy, said the hackathon will help in “fostering new innovations, which will ideally lead to the creation of new innovative startups.”

The hackathon will run over the opening two days of the WindEurope Conference and Exhibition, which takes place from 28-30 November at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre.