Navigating the Road to #HackingtheClimateCrisis: Insights from Leading Voices and Aspiring Innovators in the Climate Space

New Energy Nexus Indonesia held its fourth hackathon in September 2023, with thousands of participants from the clean energy, impact investment, and climate innovation sectors. Here are four major insights and tips from key players in the clean energy innovation and digitalization space:


Key Considerations in Energy Transition

When we talk about energy transition, we need to highlight the significant structural change in the energy system. It has to be a systematic change, not individual by individual, that changes the connection between energy demand and supply. I also want to highlight two things: energy efficiency, which to me is very important but still left behind and not discussed enough, and the second one is carbon emissions.

Rika Novayanti – Strategic Communications Practitioner on Climate & Environment


Adapting to the Carbon Space: Tech, Talent, and Greenskills

We need to be able to adapt. We need to be able to stay updated and pivot. If you don’t have the talent to learn fast and be adaptable, you can get demotivated. Moreover, it’s crucial to embrace technology. Technology is intertwined with our culture and the people who drive it. Technology allows us to track data streamline tasks, and all in all, validate our credibility.  Technology alone cannot replace people. But people who can use technology well (e.g., generative AI)  can substitute those who don’t. 

Agung Bimo Listyanu – CEO of CarbonEthics


Addressing Agriculture’s Carbon Contribution and Industry Discrepancies

Agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions in the world; therefore, we need to address this. However, there is a discrepancy between policymakers, startups, and people in the field because we all have different struggles. Therefore, if you want to get your feet wet in this industry, you need to go to the field and deal with the local authority and stakeholders as well.

Yoga Anindito – Co-Founder & CEO of Semaai / Vice Chairman La Tofi School of Social Responsibility


From Spectator to Innovator: My Journey at [RE]Energize Hackathon 2023

Last year, Bagas attended the [RE]Spark Hackathon 2022 event as an audience, simply soaking in the innovative ideas and solutions presented by the participants. However, this year, Bagas decided to take a leap of faith and participate actively in the [RE]Energize Hackathon 2023.

“To my surprise and delight, I managed to secure the second-place position in the hackathon. This journey has been a testament to my commitment to continuous learning and growth. It’s not just about winning accolades; it’s about the progress I’ve made and the knowledge I’ve gained in my quest to find solutions that can contribute to mitigating the impacts of the climate crisis. This experience has reaffirmed my dedication to the cause, and I’m more determined than ever to make a meaningful difference in addressing the challenges of our changing climate.”

Bagas Prakoso Ajie – Team Leader at Terra Verde; [RE]Energize Hackathon 2nd Winner


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