These Swiss teams won in the Climate Hackathon

We invited developers of all backgrounds and skills to participate in the Climate Hackathon on March 22-26. Two teams from Switzerland won in the categories Carbon and Ecosystem.

Teams of three to five members were able to participate in the Climate Hackathon. The goal was to develop contributions for an even more sustainable world in these four categories:

🌱Carbon: How to go low carbon, by reducing emissions and cut energy consumption?

🌍Ecosystem: How to preserve and protect biodiversity and health of the world’s ecosystem?

🗑️Waste: How to become more sustainable, by developing products with zero waste?

🌊Water: How to be water positive, meaning replenish more water than used?

Two Swiss teams succeed in the challenge:

  • The project Methane Leaks by Unit8 won in the Carbon track. In their own words: “Satellite images have allowed to monitor methane leaks almost in real-time. However, accesing and inferring the methane leaks is still difficult. That project provides a tool to monitor methane leaks.”
  • Purple Penguins from Zühlke won in the Ecosystem category by building the Intelligent Data Exploration Platform for laws and policies, doing similarity matching based on entity recognition and topic extraction powering a graph based interface.

Other honorable mentions to other teams participating from Switzerland go to LandPro from the Propulsion Lab Zurich Alumni group and IoT for Biodiversity. LandPro combines image segmentation with near-real time satellite data to give a quick evaluation of any vegetated area by examining the spatial and temporal variability of vegetation. The IoT solution supports a Swiss biodiversity project to gain new insights into their biodiversity measures like nesting boxes for local species.

Microsoft Switzerland thanks for all the Swiss contributions and congratulates the winners.


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