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Cisco Spain celebrates its biggest hackathon on sustainability

36 professionals from 14 Cisco partners have participated in the “Green&Blue Hackaton”, the largest hackathon on sustainability held by Cisco Spain to date, which ended yesterday with the awards ceremony.

For a month, the development teams have designed an innovative and marketable solution focused on sustainability and included in one of the five categories of the challenge:

  • Sustainable, safe and connected mobility
  • Smart, secure and digital automated infrastructures
  • Green and smart buildings
  • Conservation of natural resources
  • sustainable tourism

The hackathon aimed to generate high-impact ideas on Cisco technology and with the ability to take advantage of Next-Gen funds from the EU to allocate them to real solutions. We are really very satisfied with the high quality of the proposals and we fully trust that they will have a positive impact on companies and communities”, highlights José Vigil, Director of Engineering at Cisco Spain.

Green&Blue Hackathon

Called ‘Green&Blue Hackaton’, the hybrid event was opened on March 2 at the Cisco Innovation Center in Barcelona by Jeff Sharritts, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer and Partner Officer at Cisco, Wendy Mars, President of Cisco EMEAR, Agostino Santoni, Vice President for Southern Europe at Cisco, and Pastora Valero, Senior Vice President of Public Policy at Cisco EMEAR. Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, participated in the inauguration by videoconference through Cisco Webex.

In the last four weeks, each team has had the support of a Cisco mentor to answer technical questions and also receive business and sales advice. The solutions have been developed on the open APIs of Cisco software belonging to any architecture, and the two winning proposals will be promoted by Cisco and its Innovation Center in Barcelona.

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This is how Cisco Spain held its biggest hackathon on sustainability

All participants have had access to multiple inspiring resources, including talks on sustainability, interventions by key professionals in the sector and workshops to develop new ideas, with nearly 100 people involved and the support of all of Cisco Spain. In addition, six Cisco customer companies have provided insights and insights on sustainability.

Eco-responsible commitment

The company has committed to achieving zero Greenhouse Gas emissions by 2040. In addition, it already uses 100% renewable energy in several countries around the world, and intends to use it for at least 85% of its global consumption by 2022.

The commitment also involves reducing waste, designing more efficient solutions and promoting recycling and the circular economy, in addition to limiting all GHG emissions related to the supply chain by 30% by 2030.

Winning projects

The jury -composed of members from Cisco, Iñaki Bizarro from Onnera Group and Carlos Jiménez from IFEMA MADRID- has valued the innovation and technical achievement of the projects, their commercial viability and the benefits for the market, as well as their final presentation.

Andreu Vilamitjana and José Vigil revealed the two winning teams, which were:

  • First place: Omega Peripherals, with the Edge Farming project to accelerate the growth of vertical farms through alternative proteins that reduce the carbon footprint.
  • Second place: TechData, with the project Management and optimization of water consumption in irrigated crops to control the zones according to their water needs and nitrogen levels in aquifers, improving the fertilization process.
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