MIT's first Clean Earth Hackathon was a great success! A diverse group of over 70 participants, including undergraduate, graudate students, and young professionals from all over the greater Boston area and even further reaches like Cape Cod, and New York City, were driven by their desire to make a real impact and came together to tackle complex sustainability challenges.
Four hard-working and talented teams were awarded a $1000 to encourage them to further develop their projects.
In the category of Waste and Natural Resource Management the award went to Team Gramber, won for their an innovative alternative to current glass reclycing methods and a detailed plan for repurposing those end products into other high value materials like fiberglass and cement.
In the area of Mobility in the Modern World, the Cosmopolitans, developed a fantastic new app that could track cyclists, help the city determine the most popular cycling routes, and serve to incentivize alternative transportation methods through a rewards program.
The comprehensive plan of Patagonia Effienciency Rev Team, to turn a existing ecologde in the Patagonia Conservancy Park into a net-zero carbon emitter, won them the award for Environmentally Conscious Design.
Lastly, Fossil Free, developed an interactive Coal Map, that visualizes a cost-benefit analysis to shutting existing coal power plants across the U.S and replacing them with sources of clean alternative energy. With criticial economic and temporal variables incorporated into the interface, users can determine at what time points shutting down a particular plant is most cost-effective. The team's great work earned them the award in the (re)Fueleing the Next Generation category.
From left to right:
Team Gramber members: Anna Cheimets, Brendon Smith, Olivia Hentz, and Qifang Bao*
Team Cosmospolitans: Leo Blondel, Clara Nicolai, Raphael Tackx, Finn Stirling, and Amy Jobe
Team Patagonia Efficiency Rev: Rachit Kansal, Evgeny Logvinov, and Payal Loungani*
Team Fossil Free: Joel Jean, Tony Wu, David Borelli* and Fanni Fan*
* - not pictured
All teams presented fantastic projects and our judges had a tough time deciding. To our hackers: congrulations to all of our you for you amazing work and thank you for joining us on this endevour!
- The Clean Earth Hackathon Team
...Now for some more fun pictures! :)
Net-Zero Nature - Titiian Palazzi of the Rocky Mountain Institute presents challenge
to make a lodge in the Patagonia Conservancy Park net-zero
Mix & mingle, hackers network and begin to form teams after the challenge
presentations Friday evening
Team Gramber deep in thought on how to change the glass reclycling paradigm
Team C discovers our iBeacon stash
Our MakerBot 3D printers hard at work
A 3D-printed topographical map of Pagatonia Conservancy Park region
Full house – teams gather around their tables, actively working to solve their
A to B – Team C presents their finding from analysis of MBTA transit data combined
with Google map directions to understand what leads us to take public transport,
drive, walk or bike to a destination
The Cosmopolitans present their biking app
Sustainable Brew takes a bold approach at the glass reclycing challenge: strive to
eliminate the source and suggests a new direction for craft breweries cans instead of
Coal Zero calcuates the when shutting down existing plants and replacing them with
renewable energy sources like solar will be more tractable, taking into account
incentives from regulations and crucial inputs