EV Charging Challenge

EV Charging Network Challenge

powered by Microsoft and Udacity

This year, Shell, together with Microsoft and Udacity, invite you to participate in EV Charging Network Challenge. 

A considerable market share of electric vehicles (EVs) running on clean power is key to decarbonising the mobility sector. As the number of EVs continues to increase, the demand for charging is following suit. Today around 10% of drivers are choosing EVs when buying a new car, and this is expected to grow rapidly. Advanced technology and infrastructure are needed to further develop and support EV market growth. Your task in this hackathon is to optimise an electric vehicle (EV) charging network, so it remains robust to demographic changes and meets customer demand.

Join us, crack the code, and win exciting awards!

Hackathon format

This edition of Shell.ai hackathon is open to individuals, general teams, students, and start-ups.

General Edition Special University Edition Special Start-up Edition
Eligibility* Open to all individuals and teams of up to 4 members (except Shell, Microsoft and Udacity employees and contractors) Open to all individuals and teams of up to 4 members currently studying at or associated to any university/institute/college (students, PhD, Postdoc, Technical Assistant, Research Assistant, faculty, etc.) Open to registered start-ups only (minimum 2 members)
Shortlist and winners
  • 20 participants with top scores in the common leaderboard (regardless of the edition) will be shortlisted for Level 2.
  • In Level 2 the shortlisted teams will pitch their solutions to the judging panel who will then select the winners.
  • 1st prize: 2,500 USD
  • 2nd prize: 2,200 USD
  • 3rd prize: 2,000 USD
  • University Edition Winner : 1,500 USD
  • University Edition runner up:1,000 USD
  • Additionally for both teams an opportunity to start an external technical collaboration between Shell and the institute that the winner is a part of, subject to Shell’s criteria and regulations
A chance to receive Proof of Concept funding and develop their products with Shell GameChanger (up to 150k USD) for maximum three start-ups, subject to Shell’s criteria and regulations

*All participants can register for the General Edition of the hackathon. Participants interested in and eligible for the Special University or Start-up Edition should register for either of these two editions, as they will be automatically eligible for the general edition prizes, if they make it to the top three teams (across all editions) after Level 2. In this case the winning team will receive the respective General Edition monetary award, plus additional opportunities for their university special edition (ETC or project funding). If the winners in any of the special editions rank below the top three (for example in a scenario when the top three winners are eligible for the General Edition only), they will receive awards for their respective special edition only.

The hackathon will consist of two levels:

Level 1

Level 1 (2nd September – 2nd October) 

In this level, the participants are invited to optimise the placement of EV chargers in a defined area, in order to create a charging network that meets customer demand, increases customer satisfaction and remains robust to demographic changes. More details on the challenge can be found in the problem statement.

Level 2

Level 2 (12th October – 14th October)

In this level, the shortlisted teams (all editions combined) will pitch their Level 1 solutions to the judging panel. The judges will then select the winners.

Shell.ai Hackathon timeline

Date Competition stage
10th August Hackathon opens for registrations
2nd September
start of Level 1
2nd September
launch webinar
2nd October end of Level 1
7th October shortlist announced
12th October start of Level 2 (pitches submission)
13th-14th October judging session
27th October winners announcement, awards ceremony

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