[Re]Energize Indonesia launch virtual press conference on Thursday. (Photo Courtesy of New Energy Nexus Indonesia)

[Re]Energize Indonesia Hackathon Searches for Renewable Energy Solutions

BY :JAYANTY NADA SHOFA

SEPTEMBER 27, 2020

Jakarta. New Energy Nexus Indonesia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting renewable energy economy, has recently launched the first smart and renewable energy-themed hackathon in the country, [Re]Energize Indonesia.

The online event is open for individuals or groups to work out solutions for smart and renewable energy in healthcare and people's productivity.

"We are aiming for an economy based on clean and renewable energy that is accessible for all. To this end, we support entrepreneurs and startups to innovate and come up with tech ideas that use new renewable energy for Indonesia's prosperity," New Energy Nexus Indonesia program director Diyanto Imam told the press conference on Thursday.

New Energy Nexus' programs, which support the development of renewable energy startups, also align with the government's target to increase renewable energy's share in its energy mix to 23 percent by 2025, he added. 

Diyanto also hopes the hackathon does not only identify solutions for carbon emission but one that can also create quality jobs and economic opportunities for millions of Indonesians.

According to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, the government is currently aiming to cut carbon emission by 29 percent of current emission, or around 834 million tons, by 2030.

"The emission sector itself contributes around 50 percent of 314 million tons. One way to [bring down emission] is through the use of renewable energy. There should be a massive investment in renewable energy to cut carbon emission," the ministry's energy conservation director Hariyanto said.

The [Re]energize Indonesia hackathon is an opportunity for Indonesian youth, startups, and entrepreneurs to recommend new renewable energy business models for the country. Young people should also spread awareness and knowledge about new renewable energy development in the future, Hariyanto added.

The online registration for [Re]Energize Indonesia is open from Sep. 24 to Oct. 10. Ten selected teams will present their solution on Demo Day and receive consultations from six experts on improvements for their innovations.

The winner will win a total prize of Rp 100 million ($6,400) and join the Nexus Smart Energy Incubation and Acceleration program.

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