Eco-responsibility: Cisco Spain celebrates its biggest hackathon on sustainability
‘Green & Blue' has had the participation of 14 Partners and 6 client companies, with nearly 100 people involved and the support of all of Cisco Spain
For a month, the participants have obtained Cisco mentoring and additional resources, working on 14 sustainable solutions based on Cisco technology and open APIs.
Omega Peripherals and TechData have received the first and second prize, respectively
Madrid, March 31, 2022. – 36 professionals from 14 Cisco partners [i] have participated in the largest hackathon on sustainability held by Cisco Spain to date, which ended yesterday with the awards ceremony.
For a month, the development teams - each made up of a maximum of three participants - 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 .
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 & 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.
Mentoring and resources
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.
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.
“The hackathon intended to generate high-impact ideas on Cisco technology and with the ability to take advantage of the Next-Gen funds from the EU to allocate them to real solutions” , highlights José Vigil, Director of Engineering at Cisco Spain. "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 ."
Cisco has committed to achieving zero Greenhouse Gas emissions by 2040. The goal affects all areas, including the use of its products, operations and supply chain, moving 10 years ahead of the date considered critical by experts.
The company 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 circular economy, in addition to limiting all GHG emissions related to the supply chain by 30% by 2030.
Two years ago, Cisco also created the Green&Blue concept , a robust strategy that combines sustainability (Green) with digital (Blue) to help customers and partners drive a more digital and sustainable future. This proposal also includes an annual global challenge for partners – Cisco Sustainability Challenge – endowed with prizes of up to 300,000 dollars to market their ideas and in which the winners of the Spanish hackathon will have the option to participate.
"A sustainable future requires that we work together with our employees, partners and customers to achieve the best possible results" , says Andreu Vilamitjana, General Director of Cisco Spain. “We are delighted with the results of this incubator of ideas that shows that if we work together we will make a positive difference in the great challenge of inclusive sustainability”.
The jury - made up of members of Cisco, I ñaki Bizarro from Onnera Group and Carlos Jiménez from IFEMA MADRID – has assessed 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 areas based on their water needs and nitrogen levels in aquifers, improving the fertilization process.
José Vigil, Agostino Santoni, Wendy Mars, Jeff Sharritts, Pastora Valero and Andreu Vilamitjana celebrate the announcement of the winners
- José Vigil's blog about the event
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