2021 Indigenous Clean Energy & SevenGen Hack-A-Thon
January 18th - 22nd, 2021 Accelerating EV in Indigenous Communities Virtual
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About the Competition
Are you interested in competing for prizes of up to $10,000 while learning about clean energy?
Indigenous Clean Energy and SevenGen are excited to be hosting our first ever Hack-a-Thon for youth ages 18-30 across Canada. The Hack-a-Thon is an online competition where participants will compete on a case about Accelerating Electric Vehicles (EV’s) in Indigenous Communities.
Don’t know anything about EVs? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! You only need to be willing to learn and collaborate in developing a community-based project specific about EVs. This competition is for any eligible participant with any level of background on the topic.
What is a Hack-a-Thon?
A Hack-a-Thon is a fast-paced competition where a team is assembled with the goal of developing a project (in this case, that project is specific to Electric Vehicles). At the end of the competition (Friday, January 22nd), the teams will have an opportunity to pitch their project to a judging panel that will select the winners.
How do I Register?
You can register with a team of 2-4 people or as an individual and be added to a team of other participants before the competition.
Each team must have at least one Indigenous youth as a team member.
All team members must register no later than Saturday, January 16th at 11:59 p.m EST to be eligible to compete.
On Monday, January 18th, we will launch the Hack-A-Thon on our virtual stage at the E-Gathering. Participants will be given a case study to evaluate and propose solutions for. SevenGen will present detailed information on how the Hack-a-Thon will work, provide details on Electric Vehicle project implementation for your team to build a plan around, discuss components of a project, how to access support over the course of the week and what to expect for Pitch Day (Friday, January 22nd).
Over the course of the week, the SevenGen Team would be offering an opportunity for participants to ask questions and receive project development support to ensure all the essential components are covered to have the most effective and impactful pitch. (These sessions are not mandatory but helpful.) The SevenGen team will be available to meet for an hour daily from Tuesday, January 19th to Thursday, January 21st).
On Friday, January 22nd, all teams will present their projects to a judging panel of industry professionals. The winners will be announced at the end of the ICE E-Gathering.
Important: This is a very independent competition and teams will be expected to work on their presentations on their own time coordinated with their team.
Teams would need to commit enough time (8-10 hours) to develop their project, attend the required E-Gathering Sessions; Hack-a-Thon Opening Day on Monday, January 18th and Pitch Day on Friday, January 22nd.
Have you heard about the ICE Network?
We encourage all participants to join the ICE Network, Indigenous Clean Energy free online platform, where many resources about clean energy technologies are available and may be useful for developing their case.
2021 ICE E-Gathering
You may have noticed that Indigenous Clean Energy is hosting their annual pinacle event, The Gathering, on these same dates. Lucky for you, registration for this event is completely free and we encourage all teams to register for this event and attend sessions to help you build your presentations.
Our daily themes include Catalysts in Action, ICE Projects in Profile, Indigenous Youth for Clean Energy Futures, Powerful Partnerships for Clean Energy and Climate Action, and, of course, Where the Puck Are We Going?
This is not all though. The ICE community will also take a deep dive into Healthly Energy Living, BioEnergy, Microgrids and Off-Diesel Initiatives, Clean Energy Careers Future Pathways, Energy Transformation, and Indigenous Culture and Worldviews.
You will not want to miss out on this!
Who is Involved?
At the International Student Energy Summit 2017 in Merida, Mexico, Indigenous Youth Summit Co-Chairs Cory Beaver and Disa Crow Chief, first shared their vision for the Canada-wide Indigenous Student Energy Summit. The Student Energy Indigenous Youth Summit will unite communities, build relationships, and break social barriers in the energy conversation. The movement will empower Indigenous communities to lead and live sustainably through the intersection of energy, food, water, and the transition to a sustainable economy.
The name SevenGen is inspired by the Lakota prophecy that says the seventh generation are the ones that will bring and lead change. Indigenous youth today are the seventh generation who can and will lead change and restore peace. As they lead their summit and aim to inspire youth and all energy leaders, they want encourage them to embody another part of the seventh generation principle that says the decisions we make today should be sustainable seven generations into the future.
The Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise is a pan-Canadian not-for-profit platform which advances Indigenous inclusion in Canada’s energy futures economy through Indigenous leadership, and broad-based collaboration with energy companies, utilities, governments, development firms, cleantech innovators, academic sector, and capital markets.
Our Mission is to stimulate collaboration that facilitates leadership by, and meaningful collaboration with, Indigenous peoples in the transition to a clean energy future.
This drives us towards our vision of a collaborative, community-driven clean energy future respects the rights of Indigenous peoples and enriches their communities.
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