Smart City Hackathon

The Smart City Hackathon is an event hosted by Energo Labs that aims to discuss the intersection of technology and urbanization.

The hackathon invites entrepreneurs and select university students to address pressing issues faced by cities today. This year, the Shanghai event will be hosted at China Utility Week and will focus on creating scalable business models for topics in four tracks: energy efficiency, air quality, waste management, and smart transportation.

China Utility Week is an official partner and prize sponsor of the Smart City Hackathon, and all CUW attendees are encouraged to get involved!

The deadline to apply for attending the hackathon is 11.59 PM (GMT+8) on February 28th for entrepreneurs and February 18th for university students. If you are interested in getting involved as a mentor or partner, please contact

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Be sure to signup for China Utility Week. Energo Labs is hosting a session on Sustainable Urban Development on the Initiate! Hub 19 April AM.

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Energy Efficiency

Cities represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide. 

Smart city targets thus include being able to meet the increasing demand of energy as urban populations increase while still balancing environmental sustainability. Key initiatives include the integration of smart grids, energy-efficiency and energy-saving buildings, the increased integration of renewable energy sources, and the establishment of low-carbon microgrids. 

Air Quality

According to research by the World Health Organization (WHO), almost 90% of the world’s urban population breathes in air with pollutant levels higher than the recommended threshold. 

Approximately seven million people die each year due to health problems caused by air pollution. This means that monitoring and maintaining air quality is crucial to the wellness of a city’s residents, and innovative solutions must be deployed to monitor, forecast, and reduce air pollution in cities through implementable actions. 

Waste Management

The total volume of waste generated globally is expected to increase by over 50% in the next decade. 

Cities therefore must find more efficient ways to deal with waste management solutions compared to traditional methods like labour, diesel trucks, and conventional landfills. Popular innovative solutions must involve ways to track waste levels, provide route optimization, and operational analytics. Productive waste solutions can also help achieve other smart city goals such as improving energy efficiency and promoting sustainability. 

Smart Transportation

Increased urbanization with rising fuel costs and road congestion should push consumers towards alternative and more sustainable forms of transportation. 

Smart cities must provide access to safe, affordable, and sustainable transport systems, which puts the spotlight on e-mobility and electric vehicles (EVs). Smart transportation solutions must take into consideration public transportation, the transport of goods, passenger transport, and company fleets, and how sustainable transportation can help reach energy and air quality targets as well. 

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