GreenHack IT Hackathon: a great first edition of TUM, IMT and ArianeGroup

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In mid-December, December 8-11, our big hackathon "GreenHack~IT" took place in Munich at MDSI for the first time. The hackathon is a cooperation between the Institut Mines Télécom (IMT) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

The Challenge

For a full 4 days and 3 nights, the nearly 50 master’s students worked on the challenge to reduce the energy consumption of ArianeGroup’s production sites by 15% and thus contribute to a less polluting industry.

The Challenge was a major task for the mixed Franco-German teams and consisted of developing an application to visualize energy consumption with forecasting and the possibility of energy saving measures for mainly non-technical personnel. The only input the students had, was integrated data on the total consumption of one of their factories over a few months, with very little information about the equipment involved and its usage (sensitive data)!

The outcome

The teams came up with creative ideas and great solutions, which made a lasting impression on our industry partner. They followed different approaches to solving the problem, such as separating consumption sources to moderate and predict consumption for shorter or longer periods, like whole weeks and months, but also for single days of the week. External factors such as weather, energy prices and CO2 consumption were also included in these calculations.

The challenge required the students to use skills from their studies on the one hand, which are in the field of Machine Learning, Data Science and AI, and on the other hand they also had to prove soft skills by using project and time management, team work and foreign language proficiency to solve the task successfully.

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