Smart & renewable energy hackathon for Indonesian youth

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Indonesian youth are challenged to develop creative solutions in the new and renewable energy sector. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Jakarta – Indonesia needs creative and innovative young people to develop a feasible renewable energy business model. This is the reason behind the launch by New Energy Nexus Indonesia against the competition of Hackathon [Re]energize Indonesia, themed “smart and renewable energy”. The online hackathon is open to individuals and teams who have smart and renewable energy ideas to solve public health and productivity problems. 

“The government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent in 2030 or the equivalent of 834 million tons, because the energy sector contributes about 50 percent or 314 million tons; one of the solutions is through the use of renewable energy. Renewable energy investment must be increased significantly in order to achieve the emission reduction target,” said Director of Energy Conservation of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Dr. Ir. Hariyanto, MT, during the competition press conference on Thursday (9/24/2020). 

Hariyanto hopes that the young generation can increase their awareness and knowledge through the development of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE). “The government’s target is to reduce emissions and this is a good opportunity for the hackathon to become a step toward achieving the EBTKE business model conceived by Indonesian youth, start-ups, and entrepreneurs. They can also start to get involved in looking for EBTKE-based solutions,” he said. 

On the same occasion, Program Director of the New Energy Nexus Indonesia Diyanto Imam expresses his hope that this program can identify and support solutions that not only address greenhouse gas emissions, but also create jobs and generate economic opportunities for millions of Indonesians. “We are sure that these programs and initiatives are in line with the government’s commitment to increase the renewable energy mix to 23 percent by 2025, through the creation and development of renewable energy start-ups,” he remarked. 

Further, Program Manager for New Energy Nexus Indonesia Aditya Mulya announced that online registration is open until October 10, 2020. “One of the requirements is that applicants submit a proposal that demonstrates a solution, innovation, or idea that can solve a problem relevant to one of our challenge areas, namely, public health and sanitation, as well as productivity. The ten teams chosen will present their solutions at the Demo Day and be mentored by the six experts in their respective fields to refine their innovative ideas,” he explained. 

Aditya added that there is a total prize of Rp100 million for winners and access to the Smart Energy Incubation and Acceleration program aimed at supporting the growth of smart and renewable energy start-ups. (est)