HackerEarth, a leader in innovation and talent management software, has been chosen by Enzen, a global professional knowledge practice that focuses on gaining, refining and sharing expertise in the energy and utilities sector, to host their first global programme in the field of energy conservation and environment protection called the Sustainability Programme. The programme is aimed at finding solutions to support the company’s vision for a sustainable environment.
Affordability, accessibility and availability of power and water are amongst the major concerns for governments, utilities and corporations across the globe. According to the UN, 52% of the projected 9.7 billion people will live in water-stressed areas by 2050. It is also predicted that by 2050, 70% of the population will be living in cities and they will consume 80% of the world’s energy. The key to any country’s development is to sustainably harness and judiciously manage resources, thus catering to the changing needs of society. The aim of this Sustainability Programme is to improve the quality of life across societies and to proactively address the current and future challenges that countries are likely to face.
The online programme which began on June 08, 2018 consists of three phases. Phase 1, which is the registration and idea submission stage will end on August 19. In the next phase, ending October 15, qualifying teams will be required to submit prototypes of their idea. In the final phase, shortlisted candidates will be invited to Enzen’s offices either to Bangalore or London on November 24 for the final presentation and demonstration.
The theme for the programme isTransformation into a Sustainable Environment, and solutions are solicited across the following areas:
○ Management of water/power scarcity and quality
○ Development and maintenance of resilience within the systems
○ Integration/development of alternative energy sources
○ Sustainable infrastructure and efficient delivery systems
○ Holistic use of resources
○ Improved environmental health
○ Sustainable and alternate mobility
The jury will evaluate all ideas and base their final decision taking into account four aspects, namely sustainability, security, affordability and quality.
The three winners of the Sustainability Program will not only receive cash rewards, but also will get the chance to further develop their ideas under the mentorship of experts from Enzen.
Sachin Gupta, CEO and Cofounder, HackerEarth said, “We are proud to be chosen to conduct the Sustainability Challenge with Enzen. This is a new sector for us, and we hope to see some unique solutions from the community. It is important to leverage technology to build products that can bring a real change for the environment. Rapid urbanisation has led to acute water shortage in many parts of the world and now it is our turn to give back to the environment and make the planet sustainable for future generations.”
Sprint, HackerEarth’s innovation management software is a platform to ideate and collaborate on interesting products, solutions and processes. It also helps organizations to crowdsource solutions, from internal and external audiences, helping them minimize the time, effort and capital spent on driving innovation. HackerEarth also hosts a global network of top developers which companies and governments can tap into through Sprint, to generate ideas and solutions. Organizations use Sprint to crowdsource ideas that help them meet larger goals, which are broken down into distinct themes and specific campaigns.