While Ukraine works to figure out where it is headed politically, other aspects of life continue on. For example, our good friends at Greencubator are helping to organize a Smart Energy Forum and Smart Energy Hackathon next month in Lviv, Ukraine. I was invited to be a speaker, but unfortunately have other commitments at that time. Nonetheless, it looks like it will be an awesome weekend (I’m very disappointed I can’t make it). Here are more details:
The Lviv Business School and Greencubator have the pleasure of announcing the first-ever Smart Energy Forum: Ukraine. The Forum includes a one-day forum (16 May) and a two-day Smart Energy Hackathon (17-18 May).
Can green start-ups help combat climate change and energy dictatorship? Can we crowd-source a sustainable energy policy for Eastern European countries and cities? Are there new technologies to free us from the grip of fossil fuels?
Recent events have demonstrated the fragility of Europe’s energy supply model. Ukraine’s is more fragile still. Is there a model that can ensure security of energy supply whilst ensuring economic and environment sustainability?
A one-day conference will explore the potential of a green economy and smart energy innovations to ensure both energy security and sustainability. Forum experts will explore the latest developments regarding sustainable economic and energy models, technologies and R&D projects, policies to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy production, and how the energy and IT sector converge for achieving tangible results with small investments.
Discussion panels will include speakers from the EU, the US, and Ukraine. Topics include:
- Green-economy models: a chance for prosperity and security?
- Investing in smart energy technologies: from seed funding to project implementation
- Smart energy opportunities for IT sector
A two-day Hackathon will take place after the conference. It will be dedicated to cleanweb & tech-related solutions. It will challenge teams to сreate sustainable business models, and also develop cleantech prototypes and Internet, mobile and social apps for boosting energy efficiency and implementing renewable energy. Municipal and campus-focused projects will target the City of Lviv and the Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukraine’s greenest campus. Successful teams could see their solutions rolled out Ukraine-wide and internationally.
Cleanweb is defined as a category of clean technology that leverages the capability of big data, mobile computing, and connectivity that addresses global energy and resource constraints and enables collaborative consumption and related trends. It is seen as a quick and cheap way to move towards a low-carbon economy. Ukraine’s dynamic IT sector can be mobilised to help address the country’s energy challenges, particularly reducing energy waste.
Venue: Conference Hall: new academic building of UCU, Kozelnytska 2a, Lviv, Ukraine
Conference + Hackathon
Early Bird registration up to 20 April: 600 UAH
Registration after 20 April: 1100 UAH
Euro Early Bird registration up to 20 April: 400 UAH
Registration after 20 April: 800 UAH
Early Bird registration up to 20 April: 300 UAH
Registration after 20 April: 500 UAH
How to buy: online-ticket
Accommodation: For those requiring accommodation in Lviv we would be happy to offer you suggestions.
Cleanweb is a non-profit organization founded in the USA in March 2013 with the aim to promote the development of technological solutions to problems related to natural resources and environment (such as tackling climate change, energy, water, transport) to facilitate the emergence of a model of sustainable economic development, highlighting the potential of collaboration between companies.
Image: Lviv via Shutterstock