The challenge to Solvers is to identify innovative use cases of detailed home energy consumption data, so to provide energy-utility customers with an engaging home management system/solution.
Important note: the Seeker is interested in solutions that clearly provide a leap forward in comparison to the solutions currently available in the market and that were summarised in the Background section.
Any proposed solution should address the following Solution Requirements:
1. The solution must be based on energy-consumption data at customer’s homes and deliver useful information that customers can use to fulfil their needs (the management of their energy bill is the most immediate use case, but the identification of other uses cases is strongly encouraged)
2. The information provided must be clear, intuitive and useful. This includes, but it is not limited to, all the aspects described in the Background section (energy bill, dependence to the grid, environmental benefits, etc)
3. The solution must be easy to use and engaging, so that customers do not stop using the solution after a short-period. Customers must be driven to use the solution regularly and, ideally, for as long as they are energy consumers. This can mean, but it is not limited to, gamification, rewards systems, etc. The Seeker is open to creative ways to achieve this goal. This would ideally be supported with some evidence that the desired engagement can be achieved (e.g. survey results, case studies)
4. (nice to have) The solution would ideally not require an extremely detailed knowledge of energy-consumption data, so that installation of a device in the fuse box at home is not needed. However, this will not be a primary Requirement if a solution demonstrates to be a compelling case that addresses the above must-have Requirements
5. The proposed system should offer the Seeker client “freedom to practice” or be available for potential licensing. There should be no third party patent art preventing the use of specific equipment and materials for their commercial application. [RV1]
Submitted proposals along with all relevant supporting data should include the information described in the Detailed Description of the Challenge.
The submitted proposal should include the following:
1. Detailed description of a home energy management system/solution to meet the Challenge and the Solution Requirements above listed.
2. Rationale as to why the Solver believes that the proposed solution will work. This rationale should address each of the Solution Requirements in detail and should be supported with relevant examples, data or other justification.
3. Diagrams/sketches, references, cases studies, or any other material that supports the proposed solution.
The Seeker may wish to partner with the Solver at the conclusion of the Challenge. Solver should describe their expertise and include a statement indicating their interest in this opportunity. [RV2]
The proposal should not include any personal identifying information (name, username, company, address, phone, email, personal website, resume, etc.) or any information the Solvers may consider as their Intellectual Property they do not want to share.