Develop tomorrow's digital solutions for an energy transition today!

Win prices worth EUR 10,000 plus follow-up contracts by sponsors:

13th June 2022, Receive challenges in the virtual kick-off

13th June - 21st June 2022 Prototype preparation time

21st - 23rd June 2022, Finals Essen, DE @ E-world energy & water 2022 & virtually



What is the is an international innovation and developer competition (aka “Hackathon extended”) with a focus on experts in digitization and rapid prototyping in the energy world as part of the network is a new form of tendering for follow-up business contracts: No slides but prototypes! Upfront, Sponsors have to agree to support after the prototype competition the winning team till MVP phase! More details are below! will take place in virtual (start) and Essen, DE (virtual and physical finals parallel to the E-world trade fair for the energy industry) - Whats different to a normal hackathon?

A "real business opportunity"

The ideal cycle looks like this: the problem is addressed by companies, excellent prototypes are built in eight-day sprints and the winning solution is commissioned after the E-world Sprint by the initial company for the 100-day MVP!

In other words: you tendered for a follow-up contract by your prototype!

The process

→ application → selection → participation in prototype competition → contacts to clients → follow-up contract discussions

Frequently Asked Questions

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the challenges & prepAration process is having several categories depending on the sponsors' demands:

  1. Digital transition in heating

  2. Infrastructure planning hydrogen

  3. Intelligent charging infrastructure

Because this is a competition each team will receive the exact challenge in their category including test data in a virtual kick-off on June 13th, 2022. Then the time is running!

A functional prototype or smart mockup (depending on the requirements of the challenge) must be created and presented to the sponsors by June 13th - 21st, 2022. Simple slides of theoretical concepts will be not accepted.

From 21st till 23rd of June you are pitching onsite or virtually at our booth and stage. supporters

What you get at

Direct interaction with potential customers and clients, transparent competition and access to knowledge for free next to your professional job.

In addition, participants receive a certificate of participation for CV and can win attractive prizes

At, we believe that the best and functional solution wins, not the popularity of the company. Catchpenny, we offer the fast lane to new business contacts! is the European prototype network for experts and the innovation of the tender. is part of it:

    1. Companies address their digital “challenges” of today's life

    2. is an 8-day competition for the development of functional prototypes and business models

    3. Simple slides of theoretical futuristic concepts are not permitted

    4. Evaluation in finals at the medial hotspot of the E-world energy & water 2022 in June 2022

    5. The winning team receive the prizes and will have the chance for the follow-up contract for the implementation in 100 days by the sponsoring company


SIGN UP FOR - short and crispy

  1. Companies address a digital challenge from their everyday life.

  2. These companies agree to commission the winning solution to become an MVP for the next 100 days

  3. Participants must apply next to their jobs in advance to keep the quality level high

  4. The addressed challenges will be solved within 8 days by means of a functional prototype

  5. API-workshops and development of business models in competitive mode for the finalists

  6. The final evaluation of the prototypes takes place in the form of pitch events and a final award ceremony

  7. event participants automatically become part of the network. Networking Partners and Sponsors