EarthHack competition is nominated for Sustainable Technology award
- 18 October 2013
LONDON: EarthHack, the international online crowdsourcing competition powered by the Marblar platform in partnership with The Climate Group and with the support of IKEA and Philips, has been nominated in the Sustainable Technology Firm category in the inaugural RTCC Climate Change Awards.
EarthHack was shortlisted for the prestigious prize after a nomination process which included a detailed evaluation of the projects by the RTCC editorial team, members of the UK Youth Climate Coalition and independent advisors. The winner will be officially presented at UNFCCC COP19 which takes place in Warsaw, November 11 - 22.
The EarthHack competition was launched in May, 29 and asked the competitors to reimagine existing technology which would help to create a more sustainable home today as well as saving 1 million tons of CO2 a year by 2020. The online, open innovation competition had 952 participants from over 80 countries; 249 ideas that started out in Brainstorm, while 25 were taken forward to the second stage.
The projects were evaluated by a committee of eminent cleantech experts including the former Director General of CERN and current Director of Energy Research at Oxford University, Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, and Sir Richard Friend, the Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge University.
The name of the lucky winner was officially announced on September, 24 at Climate Week NYC 2013. Radfan, a simple but clever innovation designed to circulate hot air around rooms in a more effective way, took home the glory. The technology is a low power fan unit that attaches to any standard central heating radiator and reduce heating bills by 20%.
In total, eight projects are shortlisted in the Sustainable Technology Firm category alongside EarthHack. These nominees include: Tvilight system, which detects human occupancy to control the light intensity in an area through streetlights, Opower which creates software using behavioral science and data analytics to motivate people to save energy and better manage their energy demand, as well as other innovations and The GravityLight which uses the force of gravity to power an LED lamp, improving access to light in off-grid areas.
By Maria Mateeva.