India Solar Hackathon is powered by New Energy Nexus. In 24 hours you can build the next big solar idea and win INR 300,000 in cash prizes to hack real world solar challenges!

India Solar Hackathon is the first of its kind. Powered by New Energy Nexus*, a global clean energy startup network, it will bring together developers, solar experts, accelerators, designers, students, government officials and investors to solve real world solar challenges. 

Why is solar a software challenge? Because technology and the cost of renewables are no longer the main limitation to providing clean electricity for billions of people. It's the absence of innovative business, finance and service models that hinder its deployment. Following the VC investments, we see the shift is real from solar hardware and materials to software.

At India Solar Hackathon, the goal is to develop new solar software technologies, and to create new startups for funding, while jump starting winners with INR 3,00,000 in cash prizes. Yes, in just over 24 hours. 

So come be a part of the nation’s most innovative industry at India Solar Hackathon on November 11th and 12th and change the face of solar.

Get your ticket and register on DevPost before it's full to capacity.

*New Energy Nexus is a program of the California Clean Energy Fund.

 

SCHEDULE

Friday, November 11th: Happy Hour and Introduction Evening - 4pm - 8pm

3:00pm: Event set-up and Partner set-up

4:00pm: Doors Open

4:30pm: India Solar Hackathon Opening Ceremony & Welcome by Sponsors

5:00pm: Form Teams

6:00-8:00pm: Happy Hour

Saturday, November 12th: 8am - 11:59pm - Hack & Awards Day

8:15am: Breakfast

9:00am: Coding Begins

10:00am:  Virtual Enphase Energy API Mentoring Sessions (if required)

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm:  Breakout Technology & Data Mentoring Sessions (if required)

5:00pm:  Submission Deadline

6:00pm:  Demos Begin

6:45pm:  Judge Deliberation

7:15pm:  Announcement of shortlist (6 teams)

7:30pm:  Q&A by Judges with shortlisted teams

8:00pm:  Final Judge Deliberation

8:30pm:  Awards

9:00pm-11:59am:  Closing / After party 

 

CHALLENGES

NEW ENERGY NEXUS CHALLEGES:

Nexus Challenge 1: ‘Educational portal for residential solar’

Design a portal to educate residential users about the benefits of solar energy. Show innovative applications for solar panels. Include a comparative analysis of PV technologies. Try to improve engagement with gamification.

Nexus Challenge 2: ‘App-based automated solar system size and cost/payback generator for rooftops’

Design an app for sizing, daily generation profiles and back-of-envelope savings, based on limited user-inputs on roof area and location (city). The user experience should be designed to be intuitive and engaging.

Nexus Challenge 3: ‘Automated solar potential mapping for cities’

Create a software architecture for geo-mapping rooftops (using GIS/Drones inputs) in a dense megacity to get true PV potential. Identify and geo-mark vacant roof spaces and parking lots (C&I and residential) where solar could potentially be installed (and enable extraction of coordinates in spreadsheet form).

ENPHASE ENERGY CHALLENGES: 

Enphase Challenge 1: ‘Help Enphase engage commercial solar users’

As India catapults its way toward its ambitious renewable energy target, commercial scale solar will be a major driver in achieving this. Using Enphase Energy's Enlighten platform, find an engaging way to promote the benefits of smart solar to the commercial market.

Enphase Challenge 2: ‘Engage people with solar using cricket!’

Enphase LOVES smart solar and India LOVES their cricket. Find a way to combine the two to help the Indian public engage with and get excited about smart solar.

 

DATASETS

PV Technology (Suggested Pre-event reading)

PVEducation                 

Repository of practical knowledge on PV

Electricity terms (Video)                                 

Understand Voltage, Ampere, Watts and Unit of Electricity

PVCDROM            

Detailed technical resource on Photovoltaic technology (for advanced knowledge-seekers!)

Radiation Data for India

MNRE                       Repository of MNRE-NREL data

NREL                        India Solar Resource Maps & Data (updated March 2016)

Tariff Data for India

India Residential Tariffs              State-wise low tension (LT) tariffs in India for 2016

India Online Bill Calculator          Per unit cost and breakup calculator for residential consumers

PV System Performance

SAM                         

The NREL System Advisor Model (SAM) is a performance and financial model designed to facilitate decision making for people involved in the renewable energy industry.

SAM SDK               

The SAM Simulation Core (SSC) software development kit (SDK) is a collection of developer tools for creating renewable energy system models using the SSC library.

PVWatts Online                                  

PVWatts is widely used by industry and the public alike to estimate the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems throughout the world. It allows homeowners, small-building owners, installers, and manufacturers to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential PV installations, providing an estimate of hourly, monthly, and annual PV system production using a rooftop drawing tool and simple analysis options.

PVWatts Online API        

API links for PVWatts

NREL API Database

NREL Solar Documentation         

Access data and analysis services that provide access to solar resource data and NREL models.

Enphase Enlighten Systems API

Enphase API quickstart guide (for those working on the Enphase challenges). It contains everything they will need to build an app that is compatible with Enphase, including sample data.
This API delivers energy production data from PV systems that use Enphase microinverters. A subset of these systems are available for use during the hackathon. (https://developer.enphase.com/docs/quickstart.html)  

 

FAQs

Who can participate?

Anyone over the age of 18 who meets the minimum eligibility criteria as per below (don't worry, if you have 5 months of experience instead of 6, we'll be willing to consider - get in touch!)

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes - but please inform us in advance along with details of the person to whom it is being transferred to

Do I have to be part of an existing team to apply?

You can definitely be part of an existing team to apply, and indicate as such in your application; however, individuals applications are also encouraged to apply, and we will form teams on the 11th of November before the hackathon start.

What are typical team sizes and composition?

Team sizes are 3 - 5 people. Teams would do well if they had at least one developer, one solar professional and one product development person.

Can a member be part of more than one team?

This is not allowed.

Can a team work on multiple apps/ideas?

You may work and refine as many ideas, but only one final submission per team is allowed!

Can we change team formation after registration?

Yes, but only up until the night before the hackathon when the final teams are decided

How will eligibility of individual applicants be acsertained? 

By and large, we expect people to self-assess and apply if they are eligible based on the criteria below; however, we'll need your LinkedIn profile or CV for a quick assessment post registration; in case someone does not meet minimum eligibility (we expect this to be a rare situation), we would inform them with reasons and initiate a refund).

Is physical presence at the hackathon necessary to participate?

Yes, definitely!

What are the benefits of participating?

You'll create great impactful code, be noticed by key industry players, network with mentors & judges, and have a chance for your idea (if its awesome!) to be noticed & funded by an investor!

How long will the registration be open?

It's on a first-come first-serve basis, so until tickets last

When will the winners be announced?

On the 12th evening itself, after the pitches are made and judges make their decision

When can we start development?

Friday evening after the welcome at 8pm - teams are subject to code review to ensure development happens on site.

Who owns the software/project IP created during the hackathon?

The respective teams have rights over IP created during the hackathon

Will there be food served at the event?

On Friday, there will be drinks and light snacks; on Saturday, we will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with refreshments

 

 

View full rules

Eligibility

We will be selling 3 groups of tickets to ensure great minds come together.

The minimum recommended experience of the participants is as follows:

Software Developers - 50 tickets 

Demonstrate knowledge & experience of web or app development 

Solar Professionals - 25 tickets

Experience in solar industry of at least 6 months OR demonstrated solar knowledge (through academic or project work) in solar

Product Developers & Data Analysts - 25 tickets

Experience in relevant industry of at least 6 months OR demonstrated relevant knowledge (through academic or project work)

Requirements

Submissions must be uploaded to Devpost by 5pm IST, Saturday, Nov 12th.

Watch THIS to upload your submission to DevPost

Be sure to include the following:

  1. A team name
  2. A team image, or logo
  3. Deliver a 2 minute presentation, 1 minute Q&A from Judges. 

How to enter

1. Apply for a ticket

2. Register on DevPost

3. Come ready to hack on Friday November 11th at 4:00pm at Startup Tunnel in Delhi

Judges

Daniel Hersson

Daniel Hersson
Team Leader | Cleantech VC/PE Project (Consultant), Asian Development Bank | Judge

Amit Jain

Amit Jain
Renewable Energy Specialist | The World Bank | Judge

Kushagra Nandan

Kushagra Nandan
President & COO | SunSource Energy | SunSource Energy Americas | Judge

Amber Maheshwari

Amber Maheshwari
VP | Infuse Ventures, Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), IIM Ahmedabad | Judge

Namit Arora

Namit Arora
Coordinator | Energy and Air Pollution Task Force Dialogue and Development Commission Government of NCT of Delhi | Mentor

Karthik Chandrasekar

Karthik Chandrasekar
Partner | Sangam Ventures | Mentor

Sishir Garemella

Sishir Garemella
Founder & CEO | Sunvest Energy | Mentor

Kanv Garg

Kanv Garg
Associate Director Renewables & Cleantech | EY | Mentor

Nalin Agarwal

Nalin Agarwal
New Energy Nexus | Mentor

Ilen Zazueta-Hall

Ilen Zazueta-Hall
Director of Product Management | Enphase Energy | Virtual Mentor

Judging Criteria

  • Awesomeness/Originality - 30%
    How creative, inventive or novel is the solution?
  • Effective/Scalable - 30%
    How effective is the idea in achieving the challenge objectives, and how scalable is it?
  • Teamwork - 20%
    How well did the team come together to execute the solution?
  • Usability/UX - 10%
    How well-defined & thought-through is the user engagement?
  • Demo - 10%
    Quality of demo presentation to judges.