EV innovation challenge set
The Tennessee Valley Authority and Chattanooga’s EPB are partnering with CO.LAB and green|spaces to host the inaugural Gig City Innovation Challenge — EV Edition during Startup Week in Chattanooga later this month.
The contest provides an opportunity for students from universities across the country to work together virtually to address challenges in the energy sector.
“Between EPB, with one of the most advanced smart grids in the world, and the operational center of the TVA serving 10 million people in seven states, Chattanooga is an ideal sandbox for innovation in the energy space,” said Michael Walton, executive director of green|spaces, a nonprofit that is dedicated to sustainability in the region.
The specific challenge will focus on enhancing the adoption of electric vehicles, and students will have 48 hours to formulate their solution that addresses the challenge provided at the beginning of the event. After the 48 hours, teams will submit their recorded pitches to the judges, who will then select four finalist teams to pitch at a virtual public event on Friday, Oct. 23 as part of this year’s Startup Week Chattanooga. The teams who win first, second and third place will be awarded $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000, respectively.
“We are excited to engage some of the nation’s top emerging talent through this challenge and not only accelerate the participants’ careers but also innovation in the energy sector,” said CO.LAB chief executive officer Marcus Shaw.
The Gig City Innovation Challenge will culminate in a virtual public pitch event on Friday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. The application period for students ends on Sunday, Oct. 11. You can find more information at colab.co/gigcitychallenge.