Support the bootstrapping of startups that tackle two long-standing sustainable energy growth issues on October 27-28, 2018 at 7 Gate Ventures, Vancouver!
This year, BCSEA Vancouver chapter will host it's inaugural hackathon that will be bringing together a unique mix of people with technical skills and passion for sustainable initiatives!
Our hackathon brings in new ideas to solve the sustainable energy growth problems of 1) engagement and 2) fundraising. It addresses solving the problem of "How to use technology for creating awareness and for financing sustainable energy initiatives?"
The hackathon product must educate users in the field of sustainable energy, and have the capability to raise funds towards a related cause. The goal is advocating & educating for environmental sustainability.
The idea was born out of the brainstorming sessions by BCSEA Vancouver volunteers. All agreed to the fact that easy access to funding is not only necessary but critical in ensuring success for any initiative, be it entrepreneurship or not-for-profit activities. This is not complete without increasing awareness and engagement, that further create opportunities in sustainable energy initiatives.
We seek to promote and empower initiatives that support sustainable energy adoption. At the same time, the fundraising aspect of the hackathon creates a business case for the ideas (ie. revenue by deducting a service fee). This incentivizes the participants to continue their work on their ideas for starting mission-based businesses.
It is projected to draw at the absolute minimum 30 participants or 8 teams. We will kick off a meet & greet session on the last Thursday before the event. Hacking will officially begin on the Saturday morning after opening remarks and mentor introductions. A break from the action over Saturday night, as well as plenty of snacks, coffee, and catered lunches and dinner will be provided for our hackers, before closing Sunday afternoon with pitches, judging, and an awards ceremony.
The goal of the Hackathon is to conclude the weekend with a marketable product to pursue as a business opportunity for the winners. Our goal is for each attendee to come out with new knowledge, connections, and excitement for the next steps in their careers.
Branding: As a sponsor, you'll be recognized for supporting the developers and BCSEA through website and social media shout-outs, posters, promotional content, and other options to showcase your product depending on the tier.
Connections/recruitment: The event gathers technical professionals who are also interested in social good. As a sponsor, you'll have access to these uniquely talented professionals. Compared to the traditional recruitment process, hackathons present the potential in a more comprehensive yet low-cost way.
The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is a member-based, non-profit organization that supports the sustainable production, distribution, and consumption of energy in British Columbia and beyond. The association collaborates with governments, industry, universities and other institutions, other non-governmental organizations, and citizens to put in place the conditions needed to accelerate the province's transition to a lower-carbon economy.
WHAT WE DO
The BCSEA develops and undertakes educational programs, policy advocacy, public outreach and energy planning in the following areas:
BCSEA's five chapters; Victoria, Vancouver, Kamloops, Okanagan and South Peace, directly interact with their member constituencies, volunteers and members of the public. They host events, engage the public with community projects and extend BCSEA's reach across BC. BCSEA's chapters allow the association to enjoy the unique position of engaging and interacting with members across the province.
Advance Renewable Energy Generation
BCSEA strives to demonstrate that clean energy is a significant economic driver offering benefits to all British Columbians.
BCSEA endeavors to build and maintain citizen support for the clean energy industry and foster conditions under which government can take further action to support the sector.
Advance Energy Conservation and Efficiency
BCSEA creates and supports projects and initiatives that educate citizens to the benefits of conservation and efficiency.
Advance Low-Carbon Passenger Transportation
With transport contributing 39% of the province's overall GHG emissions, BCSEA reinforces the policies and leadership that incentivize and accelerate zero-emission options.
WE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING ON BEHALF OF OUR MEMBERS:
Sustainable Energy News & information Our web site offers sustainable energy articles and opinions, policy proposals, local events, how-tos, informational resources, forums, social media and a lot more. Visit our news page to see what we have to offer!
BCSEA also produces a monthly newsletter filled with articles, information on events and news on sustainable energy developments both globally and from within British Columbia. To receive regular updates and the monthly BCSEA newsletter, join our mailing list!
BC Utilities Commission Interventions BCSEA successfully represents sustainable energy values at BC's energy regulatory commission. BCSEA's Policy Advisor Tom Hackney is directly involved in the decision making process within the BCUC and regularly produces articles on the BCUC processes.
Energy Directories BCSEA maintains a comprehensive and extensive list of its sustainable energy business members and other partner organizations. Through this, BCSEA drives traffic to its business members' websites.
Webinars BCSEA is proud to host webinars with expert speakers on a range of renewable energy and sustainable development topics. Check out our webinar page for information on our past and upcoming webinars. Sponsorships are available!
Cool It! Climate Leadership Training Cool It!is an interactive environmental workshop and contest for students in grades 4 to 7. BCSEA's in-class program has reached over 70,000 BC kids to date. Sponsorships are available!
Special Events BCSEA and its chapters hold events all year long, like Energy Connections. Through these events, BCSEA reaches hundreds of British Columbians and informs and inspires them to take action in combatting climate change and living a sustainable way of life.