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2018 Energy Symposium: Carbon Hackathon


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Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies will host a “Carbon Hackathon” on Tuesday, April 24 on Western’s campus.

A hackathon is an event where a group of people engage in intense brainstorming sessions to develop creative solutions to challenging problems. The challenge of reducing carbon emissions is the focus of this hackathon. Five student teams will compete to come up with the most creative, but feasible, approach for reducing carbon emissions in Washington State. The student teams will have one day to develop their proposal and will be mentored throughout the day by top energy industry thought leaders from Puget Sound Energy, Amazon, Trane, McKinstry, the City of Seattle, A&R Solar, Western faculty and other professionals.

At 3 PM the event will open to the wider campus community. Students, faculty, and community members are invited to cheer the teams on as they present their carbon “hacks” and watch our judging panel select a winning team.

The afternoon will conclude with a keynote address by KC Golden, the Policy Director for Climate Solutions.

The Institute for Energy Studies is using the hashtag #WWUHacksCarbon to encourage participation from as many members of the Western community as possible in the hackathon. The hashtag can be used to follow the event as well as to share ideas about how to “hack” away at carbon emissions.

For more information visit wp.wwu.edu/energysymposium.