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Three projects distinguished in the hackathon of the latest edition of Building the Future

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The CycleAI project won the Building the Future Hackathon programming marathon and secured a prize of 3 thousand euros. The solution consists of an “artificial intelligence model to estimate the perceived road safety score for cyclists”.

In other words, it is an application that aims to contribute to reducing the hit-and-run rate of cyclists, using algorithms that help map risk points. For this, it has counted on the collaboration of cyclists who share their perception of risk through different images and using crowdsourcing, to give robustness to the models that will serve as the basis for the app. The project brings together a student from Instituto Superior Técnico and a doctor, in a team that in the meantime has already gained more members and other distinctions, even before the application prototype was completed.

The 2nd place went to the Blockcharging project, which uses machine learning and blockchain to improve the penetration of electric vehicles in urban environments.

The third project most voted by the jury allows to identify energy consumption patterns and use this data to plan and optimize the charging or discharging of batteries in the network. Both guaranteed a prize of one thousand euros.

The challenge was promoted by Microsoft, Galp, GoWithFlow and TAIKAI and received more than 100 participants and eight solutions. Electric mobility set the tone for the contest, which sought answers to different challenges in this area. The hackathon was launched as part of the annual Microsoft Building the Future event and, like the event, took place this year in a completely remote format.

The winning teams bring together participants from different nationalities and areas of training or professional experience, an aspect highlighted by the jury.

 

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