But how? Act now! | by Unicorn Hackers

But how? Act now! | by Unicorn Hackers

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Team name / Company name: Unicorn Hackers
Team leader: Tobiáš Vybíral
Challenge: no. 8: Effective solutions in Energy crisis
Problem: In today’s energy crisis, rising inflation and upcoming recession, it’s becoming more important to save money and resources where possible. But people don’t know what they can do on the individual level. How much energy a newer appliance or lowering the heating by five degrees saves IS STILL NOT common knowledge, despite being one of the most important steps individuals can take.
Solution: We propose an information campaign similar to e.g. cancer awareness campaigns that aim to educate the public on how they can save money and help the environment by making small changes to their day to day lives that greatly influence the bigger picture. Answering a questionnaire in an app would then show people the cost and impact of their lifestyle. The app will then gamify this process by setting personal targets that will help achieve the desired effect comfortably, STEP BY STEP. https://bit.ly/GreenHack22
Impact: Our solution will help educate on how individual behaviour impacts the environment and the economy. Every drop and kilowatt counts. Users will understand that by making bearable changes to their lifestyle, we can achieve something great. They will be informed about the utility market and about the latest developments such as EU incentives on solar panels or affordable smart appliances. People will see that by improving one step at a time, they can help the environment and their wallets.
Feasibility: The biggest partner for such a campaign would be the ministry of environment, but we believe that the government is open to the campaign’s goals, as they help us become a greener country, reduce strain on the grid, help people save money and turn away from Russian oil and gas. Launching a possibly nationwide campaign is obviously a huge task, but we’ve seen for example cancer awareness campaigns on a similar scale succeed.
What you built: We looked at the necessary research, developed the whole concept, mind-mapped it and completed a frontend draft of the website with a simple questionnaire for users. It challenges the user with their own eco-reality and gives them simple tips and steps to take with their estimated financial and environmental impact. Furthermore, the site offers guidance through various saving plans and scenarios.
What you had before: We had a general understanding of our prevailing utility and social problems and a great personal interest in solving these issues. Other than that, we started working on our solution at the hackathon on Friday, coming up with solutions and brainstorming.
What comes next: We would like to find a partner to prototype our web app, polish the details of the campaign and try to talk to a representative from the ministry of the environment about the possibility of launching such a campaign.