Get ready to hack in Bangkok during Sept. 8-10, 2017. $10,000 cash is up for grabs for winners, join the brightest minds in the nonstop hack-fest of creativity, collaboration, and intense coding to create smart energy solutions!

GIZ, in partnership with TechGrind, CU Innovation Hub, KX, and CalCEF, will host Southeast Asia’s Smart Energy Hackathon in Bangkok, Thailand. The Smart Energy Hackathon is a 24-hour problem-solving marathon where software developers, designers, and energy experts team up to tackle energy challenges head on with innovative software solutions.

The Smart Energy Hackathon will be held on Friday, Sept. 8th – Sunday, Sept. 10th, 2017 at Chamchuri 10 Bldg., Fl. 20, Bangkok. Hackers will get to take on real-world challenges for a chance to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes and a shot at glory.

Registration is closed!


Key Dates 

Monday, Jul. 10

12:00 pm - Registration Opens

Sunday, Aug. 16 

11:59 pm - Registration Closed

Thursday, Aug. 17

5:00 pm - Participant Announcement

Thursday, Aug. 24

11:59 pm - Ticket Purchase Deadline


Event Schedule

Friday, Sept. 8

5:30 pm - Participant Registration

6:00 pm - Opening Ceremony

  • Greetings & Introduction
  • Rules & Regulations
  • Challenges detail description
  • Group Photo

7:00 pm - Team Formation & Networking

9:00 pm - Venue Closed

Saturday, Sept. 9

7:30 am - Team Registration

8:00 am - Hacking Starts

9:30 am - Snack & Drinks

12:00 pm - Lunch

3:00 pm - Snack & Drinks

6:00 pm - Dinner

9:00 pm - Light meal

11:00 pm - Venue Closed
*Participants can continue hacking overnight on 19th floor (optional)

Sunday, Sept. 10

7:00 am - Venue Opened & Breakfast
*Overnight hackers are back on 20th floor

12:00 pm - Hacking Ends (Submission deadline) & Lunch

1:00 pm - Team Pitching

3:00 pm - Break

3:30 pm - 6 Finalists Announcement & Final Pitching

5:00 pm - Winner Announcement & Awarding Ceremony

6:00 pm - Party & Celebration

8:00 pm - Venue Closed 

To download the event agenda, click HERE



PTT Challenge

Energy Efficiency for Residential, Commercial and Industrial Application

A negawatt is a negative megawatt: a megawatt of power saved by increasing efficiency or reducing consumption and efficient use of energy is a no brainer when aiming to tackle climate change.

Create an innovative solution that can help residential, commercial and industrial sectors use their energy more efficiently. It can be either product or service leveraging digital technology and big data analytics. Put the user at the centre and create an awesome user experience, together with a simple way to deploy the solution.

PEA Challenge

Advance solar rooftops!

PEA is supporting the transition from fossil fuel generated electricity to clean, renewable solar with a focus on the residential segment (solar rooftops). Currently, there is a lack of education and awareness of the benefits of going solar.

Develop an application that promotes, educates and encourages people to take action to use their roofs to go solar. Focus on the economic benefits, safety and sustainability.

Supporting Docs and Datasets

ENGIE Challenge

Microgrids - Data Sharing

Microgrids are discrete electric energy systems with distributed - often renewable - energy sources and loads, and they are capable of operating independently from the main power grid. For isolated communities in Southeast Asia, microgrids represent a viable and green alternative to the traditional centralized power grid.

Develop a software solution that engages potential micro grid users to share their data (i.e energy demand, user profile, types of uses, location) with developers, allowing the developers to identify markets and better understand the needs of their potential customers.

Lykke Challenge

SDG Energy and Identity - Spoof-proof Electricity Bills

Lykke is aiming to develop a blockchain-based, secure and spoof-proof solution for electricity bill presentation and settlement in one go which addresses the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) energy payments and identity. Use a blockchain token and mobile wallet to simulate bill presentation or prepaid payments with an audit track history that ideally includes the geo-location of the user.

Demonstrate how a blockchain based currency/token and system can be used for mobile payments of energy and building a recordable history of payments in the wallet. For example: simulate a production schedule of energy over some period of time monthly, weekly etc. in kWhs and a rate $/KWh, create a bill record on mobile device and show how it’s paid.

Supporting Docs and Datasets 

CalCEF Challenge

Electric Vehicles and Grid Storage

As prices for lithium ion batteries and other storage chemistries continue to plummet the cost effectiveness of all types of electric vehicles and stationary storage that provides renewable energy support will become increasingly apparent.  These price declines are expected to accelerate as manufacturing capacity  increases and price reductions MAY allow electric vehicles to reduce air pollution  while allowing renewables to provide base-load power across the region.

Develop a business model in Southeast Asia that leverages the falling cost of storage and empowers consumers, utilities and energy stakeholders while improving air quality and renewable energy generation.

GIZ Challenge

Empower the crowd

Off-grid renewable energy projects aims to replace diesel generators on islands with clean energy hybrid systems (solar, wind, batteries, etc). However, project developers need to know local diesel prices to understand their competition. Diesel prices on islands vary greatly from mainland prices. The more remote, the higher the price and the more difficult to get the information. GIZ is currently collecting diesel prices on islands in Thailand via a typeform questionnaire sent to local shop owners via Line. The results are collected in a table.

The challenge is to design and program a better and less frictioned way to retrieve data regarding diesel prices from the local population. The challenge also includes how to display the data obtained (e.g. on a website) but also to feedback aggregated results to the locals from which the data was obtained.

Supporting Docs and Datasets

Smart Home Challenge

Digitization and the IoT reaches people’s homes and allows them to tap energy efficiency and renewable energy potentials. Companies are starting to integrate smart home features including security automation, net-zero energy houses, demand response, elderly care, electric vehicle charging, solar power production in an intelligent and appealing way. However, many potential customers in Southeast Asia are not yet aware of these solutions.

Design an engaging application that promotes the benefits of smart homes to residential customers and allows them to learn about costs and benefits. Consider gamification!

Supporting Docs and Datasets

Solar Blockchain Challenge

Investors and solar project developers need verified solar energy production to certify financial agreements, monitor equipment, verify facility integrity or possibly for consumer billing purposes in the future. Public blockchains serve the purpose of providing trustworthy and immutable records and can be used for such purposes.

Write a script or program to record solar generation data (using or adhering as closely as possible to international data standards such as those from or IEEE) to record periodic data from a robust monitoring device or data logger onto the solarcoin blockchain. The data should be visible in a block explorer or be easily decrypted.

Supporting Docs and Datasets

Decentralization Challenge

As more and more renewable energy generation and energy storage systems come online, our energy grid will become a patchwork of large legacy power plants and microgrids powered by distributed energy resources. With the help of the right technologies, such a decentralized system could deliver energy more efficiently and reliably.

Come up with a design that empowers utilities, small power producers, and other asset operators to manage this new grid in a better way and provide cleaner energy at fair prices.



Click HERE to see the availability of our mentors during Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th hacking session.



Click HERE to get brief description of our mentors. 


Team Formation

We recommend you form a team of 3-5 members before the event. You cannot be a member of more than one team. Participants can partner with colleagues/peers that they’ve worked with in the past. If you are unable to form a team, do not worry, Friday night’s kickoff will be the time to find your partners.

We recommend participants to build up a team with members from diverse expertise, so each can bring different skills to the table (i.e. software development, finance, designer, researcher, energy expert). The team composition is not mandatory, but highly advisable for better results


See our terms & conditions HERE


Who can attend?

Everyone with an idea may apply! We look for coders, energy experts, UX/UI designers, product developers, and entrepreneur interests in creating smart energy solution. Note that post-registration, only 100 candidates will be selected; this is to make sure your teammate can provide an eligible resource to the team!

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

You can be part of an existing team to apply, and indicate as such in your application; however, individual's applications are also encouraged to apply, and we will form teams on Friday before the hackathon starts.

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 smart energy professional, and one product development person.

What to build?

It’s best if the product is applicable, user-friendly, and scalable. Harvest your ideas from challenges, discuss with the team, and have fun! Two days go by quick, so perfection is never a requirement. Come up with smart energy solution and try to finish it by Sunday 6:00 pm, Sept. 10.

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.

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 it’s awesome!) to be noticed & possibly funded by an investor!

Will there be food served at the event? 

Food and drinks will be provided. Breakfast – Dinner. With finger foods throughout the hackathon. If you have any dietary restriction please let us know.


Anyone can participate! We recommend forming teams before the event. You can partner with colleagues/peers that you’ve worked with in the past. We recommend 3-5 in each team with each team member bringing different skills to the table (i.e. software development, finance, designer, researcher, energy expert).

If you are unable to form a team, don’t worry, Friday night’s kickoff will be the time to find your partners. You can apply as a single individual and participate in the hackathon.

Hackathon Sponsors


$10,000 in prizes


$4,000 (~135k THB)


$3,000 (~102k THB)


$2,000 (~68k THB)

People's Choice

$1,000 (~34k THB)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

1. Fill and submit the application form. Click HERE. (PRIOR Aug. 16 | 23:59 PM)

2. Check your email on Aug. 17 for successful candidate announcement.

3. If selected, follow the link embedded in the email to purchase a ticket prior Aug. 24, 11:00 pm.

4. Create developer account on Devpost. You'll need it for project submission at the end of the event.

5. See you at Chamchuri 10 Bldg., Fl. 20, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. (Sept. 8 @5:30 pm)


Eicke Weber

Eicke Weber
Director/CEO, BEARS

Yossapong Laoonual

Yossapong Laoonual
President, EVAT

Nio Liyanage

Nio Liyanage
Director, Nest VC

Kris Chinosorn

Kris Chinosorn
Director of Innovation, KX

Robin Clart

Robin Clart
CTO, OmiseGO

Michal Juhas

Michal Juhas
CTO/Co-Founder, Hotel Quickly

Judging Criteria

  • Idea (25%)
    How creative and original is the idea to solve a problem in the selected category?
  • Execution (25%)
    Includes how well the idea was designed and implemented, the complexity of the build and creative use of developer tools.
  • User Experience (25%)
    How integrated is the entire design of the program, functionality and visual aesthetics?
  • Presentation (25%)
    How well does the team deliver its prototype, description and value proposition?

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