Congratulations to Sol-Ops, winner of our Smart Energy App Challenge (aka Hackathon).

Sol-Ops optimizes the economical and environmental usage of solar hot water systems by understanding the user’s behaviour patterns and showing them what behaviors they should continue, and what behaviors they can change, to reduce their hot water system’s energy consumption. The team members are Mehran Zamani, Pedram Abidi and Parsa Sarshar. 

Taking home $6,000 in cash, Sol-Ops was named the top app at a demo event last night (Nov. 9) at the Halifax Central Library, which showcased three of the best teams from Innovacorp's late-September hackathon at ShiftKey Labs.

The teams used a rich data set from Halifax Solar City to develop an app for the program’s customer base. (Solar City is HRM’s program that finances solar hot water installations for residents.) The teams had been working on their smart energy apps over the past month, in some cases testing and refining them at NSCC.

Congratulations also to the two teams that tied for second place, PayRays and HFX Smart Solar. Both second-place teams took home $1,000 in cash. 

PayRays helps homeowners maximize their return on investment for installing solar thermal systems. The app enables homeowners to accumulate and redeem carbon credits for cash. PayRays’ team members are Eric Noel, Majd Hussini, Sam Jawich.

HFX Smart Solar built an app named SmartSaver. The cross platform app predicts the amount of generated thermal solar power based on the weather forecast and previous household thermal system data. SmartSaver allows users to customize, schedule, and auto-start (home automation) activities to maximize savings and reduce CO2 emissions by efficiently using solar energy. HFX Smart Solar’s team members are Anh Dang, Abidalrahman Moh'd, Shadi Shehadeh and Hatem Nassrat.

Much gratitude to our judges: Dawn Umlah (Innovacorp), Ozge Yeloglu (TopLog) and Martin Rovers (Emera).

Huge props to our event collaborators: Shannon Miedema at HRM, Lukas Swan and team at Dalhousie Renewable Energy Storage Lab, Alain Joseph and team at NSCC Applied Research, and Grant Wells at ShiftKey Labs.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 10, 2015