20 Nov 2023
"Breath Fresh Hackathon" is a two-day competition that offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to tackle challenges that arise from poor air quality and its adverse impact on human health. The hackathon aims to encourage students from diverse disciplines in the quantitative sciences (e.g., Engineering, computer science, and science) to collaborate and develop a tangible solution that is reflected by data-driven solutions, empowering local communities’ initiatives, awareness-raising initiatives, etc., to foster positive solutions to one of the following themes:
by identifying and implementing strategies to reduce emissions from various sources, such as industries, transportation, and energy production. These solutions can lead to a reduction in greenhouse gases, particulate matter, and other harmful pollutants that contribute to climate change and respiratory diseases.
Hackathon participants might work on innovative transportation solutions, such as electric vehicles, bike-sharing programs, or improved public transportation systems. These efforts contribute to reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.
Solutions that involve data analysis and visualization can help stakeholders make informed decisions about air quality management and pollution control. This data-driven approach can lead to more effective policies and interventions that improve air quality.
Participants might develop projects related to urban planning and design that prioritize green spaces, pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, and efficient land use. Well-designed cities can reduce pollution by promoting active transportation and enhancing greenery.
Solutions that engage local communities in air quality monitoring, reporting, and advocacy can foster a sense of ownership and responsibility for environmental sustainability. This grassroots approach can lead to sustained efforts to improve air quality.
The "Breath Fresh Hackathon" outcomes and deliverables should reflect innovative solutions and ideas generated by participants to address air pollution and improve air quality. Here are some potential outcomes and deliverables that participants might produce during and after the hackathon:
Participants would develop creative and practical solutions to various aspects of air pollution. These solutions could range from technological innovations and data-driven tools to policy recommendations and behavioral change campaigns.
Hackathon teams might create prototypes of devices, apps, software, or hardware solutions designed to monitor air quality, reduce emissions, or raise awareness about pollution. These prototypes could be functional demonstrations of their ideas.
Some projects might focus on analyzing air quality data and visualizing it in user-friendly formats. These tools can help stakeholders understand pollution patterns, sources, and trends.
Hackathon participants might create platforms or strategies to involve local communities in monitoring and reporting air quality, fostering a sense of environmental responsibility.
Some projects might involve designing and prototyping air quality sensors that individuals or communities can use to monitor pollution levels in their surroundings.
The students will work in teams (2-4 members) to create and propose novel solutions that address a problem within one of the proposed themes. On the third day, each team will present their ideas, solutions, and findings to a panel of judges. To ensure a smooth and timely event, we want to inform you that each team will have a strict presentation time limit of 5 minutes. The presentation should be clear, concise, and persuasive, showcasing the innovation and potential impact of their solutions.
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|08:30 am – 10:00 am||Registration and Welcome|
|10:00 am – 10:15 am||Opening Remarks|
|10:15 am – 10:45 am||Keynote Speaker|
|10:45 am – 11:45 am||Expert Talks|
|11:45 am - 12:30 pm||Panel Discussion and open questions|
|1:30 pm – 4:00 pm||Team Formation, Idea Generation and Brainstorming Sessions|
|4:00 pm – 5:00 pm||Mentoring Sessions with Expert|
|09:00 am – 11:30 am||Hackathon Brainstorming Sessions|
|11:30 am – 12:00 pm||Mentoring Sessions with Experts|
|1:00 pm – 5:00 pm||Prototyping and Development Continue|
|08:00 am – 08:45 am||Submission Deadline for Project Deliverables|
|09:00 am – 11:30 am||Judging Panel Review of Projects, Participant Demos and Presentations|
|11:30 am – 12:00 pm||Award Ceremony and Prizes|
|12:00 pm – 12:30 pm||Closing Remarks and Thank You|
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