Carnegie Mellon University

CMU Energy + Cleantech Hackathon postponed to 2022. Stay tuned for 2022 dates.

Hosted by the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University, the CMU Energy + Cleantech Hackathon is an opportunity for collegiate students to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing leading energy companies and organizations.

Students will work in interdisciplinary teams for 48 hours to combine their energy expertise, data analytics, business intelligence, and economic reasoning to solve a specific problem presented to them. Participants have the opportunity to engage with real-world energy data, network with energy experts, and win $2,250 in total prizes– First Prize ($1,000), Second Prize ($750), Third Prize ($500).

A typical winning team will comprise of participants who are skilled in one or more of the following areas:

  • Statistical programming using tools such as R/Python
  • Building machine learning models
  • Knowledge of  data analysis workflows from data exploration and cleaning to model improvement
  • Creating data visualizations
  • Domain expertise in Energy Engineering/Energy Policy
  • Strong project management capabilities
  • Presenting solutions/recommendations to an audience with varying levels of data literacy

Lauren Janicke, member of the 2020 Hackathon winning team 'Tartan Ignite' was recently awarded the Ernest F. Hollings scholarship. This award provides up to $9,500 for each of two years of study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship at a NOAA facility. Read more about Tartan Ignite's Hackathon project and Lauren's passion for sustainability.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Scott Institute Executive Director Anna J. Siefken at