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BMW Sustainability Hackathon Winners Solve EV Charging Dilemmas

BMW recently hosted a hackathon in Mountain View, CA, aimed at addressing issues related to electric car charging. The hackathon was sponsored by ChargePoint and Drive Now. The big dilemma the hackathon was focused on was how apps could help in situations where someone is parked at a public EV charging station (even after charging) and someone comes along needing to charge up. There are related issues, too. For example, what if a car is charging but another car comes along and needs an urgent charge?

The full winner list, with links to the app descriptions, is as follows (via Hacker League):

Best overall apps
1st – $1,000 in vouchers for the team
Winner - HANON/EV Ping
2nd – $500 in vouchers for the team
Winner - ChargeNow
3rd – $300 in vouchers for the team
Winner - Chargist

Best business model
$300 in vouchers for the team
Winner - Green Cuisine

Best presentation
$300 in vouchers for the team
Winner - ChargeNow

Most original idea
$300 in vouchers for the team
Winner - Wastegram

Best app using ChargePoint API
$500 in Visa prepaid cards for the team
Winner - Chargist

Best app using Twilio API
$100 in vouchers for the team, twilio credits and swag
Winner - HANON/EV Ping

Judges’ Wildcard Choice
$200 in vouchers for the team
Winner - Spacefreeze
$100 in vouchers for the team
Winner - ChargePointSMS

Videos of the day are also available via Hacker League. Here’s the full playlist: