Reseco, a smart waste container that sorts paper, cardboard, plastics, cans, glass and electronic waste from a household waste bag won first place at the 2020 Berytech e-Hackathon, the first virtual hackathon focusing on clean technology organized by Berytech under the Cleanergy Program, and supported by the Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands in Lebanon. The hackathon took place from Wednesday June 10 till Saturday June 13.
Innovating, Hacking And Winning
The winning team focused their solution on decentralizing sorting facilities. The smart container can be placed next to traditional street waste bins, bags are placed on one side of the container and on the other side, bales of recyclables will be ready to be sent directly to recycling factories.
This will help in reducing cost for waste management, monitoring waste data in each region and reducing space requirements.
The Reseco team is now qualified to join the first Batch of the Cleanergy Accelerator Program, along with the winners of second and third place.
They won the first prize of $5,000, divided into an immediate cash prize of $3,000 and a cash grant of $2,000 which they will receive to validate their solution during the first phase of the accelerator program.
Second prize winner Nadeera won $4,000, divided into an immediate prize of $2,000 and the cash grant of $2,000 during the accelerator program. Nadeera, an integrated system to promote sorting at source, is powered by a software to leverage behavioral change, gamification, analytics and AI to promote, monitor and improve citizen behaviors towards sorting waste at source.
The third prize was shared equally between Solas and Hadeer, a $1,000 immediate prize and the cash grant of $2,000 during the accelerator program.
“We decided to have 4 winners with access to the accelerator,” explains Chairman and CEO of Berytech Maroun N. Chammas. “We saw a lot of potential in all the participating teams and we encourage them to continue working on their solutions beyond the e-Hackathon.”
Solas is a solution that cools down the solar cells using sea water as a coolant. The seawater would be heated up with the objective to desalinate it towards the end of the process. Hadeer is an online platform for travelers and bus owners that aims to standardize and organize public transportation.
“It gives us pride to see that despite everything happening we are taking an extra mile, not to generate extra revenue, but to use our passions to make the world a better place. We are glad to see so many innovative ideas participating. We will make sure that no matter the obstacles, we will keep on going to get there,” commented Hadi Saade, founder of Solas.
Teams And Judges
The judges included Najat Saliba, director of the Nature Conservation Center at the American University of Beirut, Joumana Sayegh, associate director of engineering and planning at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC), Dr. Tony Issa, vice chairman of IPT Group and president of IPTEC, Selim Chami, investment adviser for Foundation Diane, Nour Abou Adal, business development manager at Holdal – Abou Adal, Salah Tabbara, co-founder of the Naseem Akkar Wind Farms project and general manager of infratech SAL and Maroun Chammas, chairman and CEO of Berytech.
21 teams participated in the hackathon and 17 teams pitched in the pre-selection process before being shortlisted to 8 finalists: EstaA, HADEER, Nadeera, Re-bat, Recycling power, RESECO, Solarly, and Solas.
Ramy Boujawdeh, deputy general manager of Berytech commented, “You are all winners. To see the passion and see your dedication was wonderful. It is our collective role to make the Lebanon we want.”
The judges who pre-selected the teams included Dona Geagea from Waterlution, digital fabrication expert Sevag Babikian, Ryme Asaad from Rise2030, Victor Ibrahim from Aquatersus as well as Constantin Salameh, Joelle Atallah and Mario Ramadan from the Berytech team.
The Berytech team qualified 70 participants to participate in the e-hackathon, who were hosted in 27 virtual rooms, while 105 one-one virtual meeting took place between the participants and their trainers, mentors and coaches.
In his opening speech, Ambassador of The Kingdom of The Netherlands in Lebanon H.E. Jan Waltmans confirmed that “the embassy has put engagement with Lebanese youth as a number one priority. We would like to promote job creation and innovation in the country through programs like the Cleanergy Program, through which we are pushing youth to innovate and create new jobs while thinking about how they can contribute to a better Lebanon instead of thinking of how they want to leave.”
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