Hackathon Concept

Potential Locations

  • Salomon Kirche
  • Posteo Lab
  • EUREF Campus
  • Penta Infra


The outcome is broken down into an overall objective and sub-objectives to make it more clear as this deliverable will run over a few months.

  • Objective: Deliver a successful hybrid Hackathon in which teams of developers can compete on making one or multiple open-source libraries of their choice more energy-efficient. The winner receives a price money (part of the project budget)
    • Identify a suitable date and confirm it with UBA as well as the BMWK (economic ministry) for the location. Concept for the Hackathon is written and signed-off by the UBA/BMWK.
    • Hackathon website as well as supporting material is created and promotion is underway. Physical Hackathon location is set up and fully confirmed. Partners & SAWE/SDIA community are engaged to promote and expand the reach of the event.
    • Event is delivered and well documented (videos, photos, articles) as well as the results of the Hackathon is published and promoted. Price money is paid out as a donation and winner’s are widely celebrated and promoted.


Publishable content

Supporting material

  • What is a hybrid hackathon: Teams can show up in virtual setting (Zoom with breakout rooms) or at a physical location. They are not necessarily connected to each other, but only at the end when the winner is announced
  • There will be a scoreboard that shows which team has implemented the highest improvement in energy efficiency within the library they have chosen
  • We need an independent Jury to review the results and declare the winner. The jury will have 5 members. Half of the members will come from Academia and half from the software engineering practice.
  • We probably need to set a rule that the improvement can not be in adapting the tests themselves (that would be cheating)
  • We need to have our test laboratory in place by then, because they will need to test their results all on the same system so that the results are comparable
  • We focus on a % of improvement, not actual energy use (to make it comparable and someone can actually win)
  • Price money can be converted into a donation e.g. for open-source developers wanting to improve the energy efficiency of their libraries (use the same money pool tool that chris adams is using) [Award, make it more open where I can donate the money]
  • It will likely be a good idea to time the event from afternoon to evening (say 16:00 - 20:00) to enable people from different time zones to participate and to have people attend next to their normal day jobs
  • Minimal criteria for the library that people are selecting for the Hackathon → use the same criteria as for our test objects


Price money 1. Hackathon
1.700,00 €
Price money 2. Hackathon (optional)
1.700,00 €
Material for 1. Hackathon
250,00 €
Material for 2. Hackathon (optional)
250,00 €
Project Website & Hackathon Event Website
6.500,00 €