Carbon Hackathon | 2019 Energy Symposium
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Western Washington University, Wilson Library Reading Room
Admission Free & Open to Public
Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies hosts an annual Carbon Hackathon to foster creatively, connection and idea-sharing between students and energy industry professionals. A hackathon is an event where a group of people engage in intense brainstorming sessions to develop creative solutions to a challenge.
The challenge for our 2019 hackathon is:
An impact investor and philanthropist wants to invest $10 million in a business venture that will result in significant carbon reductions and scale as quickly as possible. The investor wants to fund something that has never been done and is looking for business models from six different sectors: Personal Mobility, Goods Movement, Information Technology, Buildings, The Electricity Grid, and Food & Forest.
Six teams of Western students will develop proposals in response to this challenge—in just one day! The students will be mentored throughout the day by top thought leaders in the clean energy community. Team leaders include:
- Personal Mobility
Kelly Desy, Pacific Northwest Sales Director, ChargePoint
Jonathan Hopkins, Director of Strategic Development, Lime
- Goods Movement
Kelly Rula, New Mobility and Urban Freight Analyst, Seattle Department of Transportation
Michael Taptich, Research Scientist, Amazon
- Information Technology
Brian Janous, General Manager - Energy & Sustainability, Microsoft
Max Scher, Manager of Sustainability, Salesforce
Erin McDade, Senior Program Manager, Architecture 2030
Ric Cochrane, Account Executive, McKinstry
- The Electricity Grid
Ryan Murphy, System Operations Manager, Puget Sound Energy
Christina Page, Climate Action Director, City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment
- Food and Forest
Mitch Friedman, Executive Director, Conservation Northwest
Marc Daudon, President, the Caspian Group
We are pleased to welcome faculty, students, and community members to watch student teams present their final proposals. The afternoon will also include a keynote address by Amy Harder—a Climate/Energy reporter with Axios—and a celebratory networking reception.
Thank you to our sponsors
Our 2019 Carbon Hackathon is made possible by the contributions of our following sponsors.
Gold level sponsor:
Silver level sponsors:
Bronze level sponsors:
Glosten-Pelastar Deep Water Wind
Seattle City Light
The WWU Carbon Hackathon is open to the public.