There are four global megatrends that shape the energy sector: climate change and resource efficiency; urbanisation; new technologies and digitalisation; and active customers. These megatrends will bring profound changes not only to how energy is produced and sold to customers, but also to how it is consumed in our daily lives. Fortum aims to be prepared for this, and is now looking for innovative AI solutions in an environment that is the most familiar for each and everyone of us: the home.
Fortum aims to engage customers and society to drive the change towards a cleaner world. In practise, this is done by reshaping the energy system, improving resource efficiency and providing smart solutions, while focusing on securing the company’s longer-term competitiveness by searching for fresh ideas and potentially disruptive innovations in multiple fronts. In this challenge, teams are invited to answer this need especially in the fields of new digital services and active consumers. While smart homes have lately been a popular topic for many actors in the field, this time we want the invited teams to look beyond mere mobile controlled devices and tracking, and focus on designing holistic AI-assisted living.
Through the innovation challenge, Fortum is looking for novel AI-assisted services for customers’ homes. The solutions could be designed for any form of living or type of homes, as long as they are targeted to the consumer market, and are based on the use of an AI assistant (for example Amazon’s Alexa).
While the proposals are technologically restricted to the use of AI assistants, the teams have a wide array of different in-home environment devices and functions they can choose to include in their ideas. These include (but are not restricted to) smart building/apartment controls, energy/water consumption planning, lightning adjustments, cost optimisation & home security – basically anything that has something to do with energy or smart living. Note, however, that Fortum has already taken some concrete steps in the field of smart living and consumption measurements, and this time we are searching for more: more innovative and more future-oriented services that are not part of their existing service offering. As Fortum is highly dedicated to working towards a cleaner world, optimal solutions are also expected to take aspects of sustainability into account.
To help the development of proof-of-concepts during the challenge, we have reserved some key people and resources to support your work.
Mentors & Experts
Each team will be assigned their own in-house mentor from Fortum, who will be supporting the team’s work already from the Challenge kickoff webinar onwards. There will also be other industry and service experts from the host to help teams with their work.
Data and software
Teams can be given access to sample data to be used in building their concept demos. The following data sets can be made available for the teams (as CSV) per request:
- Household electricity consumption on device level (built-in and standalone; eg. fridge, freezer, coffee machine, lamps etc)
- Electric locks (on/off)
- Water consumption (hot/cold)
- Indoor climate data, such as temperature, humidity and CO2-levels
- Electricity production mix (solar/wind/nuclear, etc; actual & forecast)
- Electricity price (actual & forecast)
The data represents a single household during one week with a resolution of one second.
Teams are free to use any other data sources they find relevant, and ask for additional data sets from Fortum.
Additional tools and tech
Samsung consumer electronics such as VR gear, smartphones and tablets can be used for demonstration purposes. IBM Bluemix and Watson platforms for software development are also available.
The teams compete for pilot projects worth 20 000 euros each. In addition, all participating teams will be paid a reward of 1 500 eur. Rewards are paid against invoice after the team has presented their demo and given feedback.
- Invitation RSVP deadline – check your invitation email!
- Challenge kickoff webinar (online) – November 20th
- Hackathon (mandatory for all team members) – December 7th – 8th
- Pilot proposal submission DL (from best teams chosen by jury) – December 22nd
- Pilot phase – January – March
- Each member of each participating team needs to attend in person the two-day hackathon event organised in Stockholm. The 1 500 euro reward that each team will get can be used to cover the possible travel & accommodation costs.
- Fortum will provide all the necessities for working efficiently during the hackathon, including all meals, snacks & beverages.
Sign up for the challenge with a team of 2-3 people through the application link on this page (be careful to do it before the invitation RSVP deadline written in your personal invitation email!). All team members need to fill in their personal information as well as team and initial idea description in the platform in order to be confirmed as participants. A total of 6 teams will be accepted to join the challenge.
Who will own my idea?
Ideas are free for everyone to use but the IPR for any software codebase or documents produced during the competition will stay with the team. The host has the first right of refusal to negotiate further collaboration with the team to purchase or continue working on the project initiated during the challenge.