Winners Announced: Azure IoT Hack for Sustainability
Published Jul 21 2021 02:55 PM 6,337 Views

Over 300 developers gathered virtually over the course of 7 weeks to participate in the Microsoft Azure IoT Hack for Sustainability challenge. Participants were asked to join Microsoft in advancing sustainability by understanding how to use technology to measure and minimize environmental impact. The hackathon specifically focused on using Azure IoT technologies that will give endless possibilities: collect real time data, capture rich information using cameras and machine learnings, create real time insights, and automated action without human intervention. 


Let's take a look at the top 6 winning projects below:


1st Place: STEM Network

Created by: Advyth Ramachandran, Pranav Bhusari, Joshua Qin, Justin Shao

The STEM Network - Street Tree Monitoring Network - consists of moisture sensors for public/municipal trees, designed to reduce the mortality of saplings and improve urban reforestation outcomes.



2nd Place: Air Quality Dashboard Analytics

Created by: Tarun Hari, William Short, Michael Huang, Martin Fabbri

Empowered by the Azure Maps and IoT Platforms, the Air Quality Dashboard Analytics deliver actionable insights to citizens, homeowners, and cities. Think Trulia's crime maps, but for Air Quality!



3rd Place: AquaSave

Created by: Aparna Ghantasala, Alexandra Talsky, Praveen Chandra, Ryan Curtis, Amarnath Tadigadapa

Motivating people to recycle water and minimize water consumption, so that communities can work towards a water-positive future.



Honorable Mentions


Created by: Germaine Ng, Wesley Muthemba, Yifei Fang, Guanting Li, Hernan Herrera

About 70 percent of all the world's freshwater withdrawals go towards irrigation uses. HydroFarm aims to improve water use efficiency without decreasing yield.


The Smart Valve 2049

Created by: Derek Jamison, Brian Dinh

State-of-the-art water management using Azure IoT Central, Azure Logic Apps, Web APIs & Raspberry Pi (plus sensors). Your outdoor plants are watered based on needs (moisture, weather, forecast, etc).



Created by: Miko Aro

Foodcy app connects local businesses like bakeries and supermarkets with residents and local shelters so they can reduce surplus food. It also uses AI technology to reduce food waste in the kitchen.


Thank You

On behalf of the Microsoft U.S. Azure team, I'd like to thank all of the participants, and congratulate the winners on a job well done!


Thank you to the judges who volunteered their time to give back to the community! Shout out to Amit Agrawal @Amit Agrawal , Diana Phillips, Lucio Tiberi, Monica Rodriquez, Pamela Cortez @hellotechie , Rae Lyon @rae_lyon , Sarah Maston @Sarah Maston 


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