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BRITE Energy seeks participants for civic energy hackathon

In 2018, BRITE’s hackathon came up with proposals resulting in more than $400,000 in savings for the city of Warren.
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WARREN — BRITE Energy Innovators is seeking participants for BRITEhack 2020, a civic energy hackathon, on Jan. 31 at its headquarters, 125 W. Market St.

Engineers, designers, developers and students are encouraged to join in creating solutions for energy-related problems faced by two organizations in Warren: 

  • Mercy Health — St. Joseph Warren Hospital has been burdened by rising utility costs, reliability issues and the delivery of energy. The hospital staff is seeking solutions that will reduce the reliance on the energy grid while optimizing efficiency.
  • The Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority has tenants vacating properties without notifying facility managers. As a result, TMHA staff discovers the change in status when the pipes at the abandoned properties burst, requiring thousands of dollars in repairs. They are seeking a sensor-based solution that allows them to track occupancy and determine when tenants have left. 

In 2018, BRITE’s civic energy hackathon partnered with the city of Warren’s Wastewater Department to tackle its energy issues. The team’s proposals resulted in more than $400,000 in savings for the city, which amounts to 10 years of energy savings, according to a news release.   

Free online registration is available at brite.org/2020britehack.  

For more information on BRITE Energy Innovators, click here.