In this year's challenge the teams had to develop a web application that would prompt users with a survey about sustainability considerations in their companies, while taking into considerations the environmental footprint of the web application and trying to minimize it. In the competition that lasted 48 hours, 56 teams participated, both student teams and professionals in the industry.
Education promotes green IT
– This shows that our students are competitive, innovative and that they can solve problems together in a team, towards a common goal with limited time, Karl Andersson, says, Associate Professor in Distributed Computer Systems at Luleå University of Technology.
The winners of the competition win a trip to Quebeck, they go there to attend conferences and visit organizations that are active in the domain of Green IT.
– It was totally unexpected to win, knowing that we competed with 55 other teams. It was amazing, it was a rough 48 hours but we had a lot of fun. We feel really happy about winning this competition. We are proud to be part of this program and Luleå University of Technology, as both promote the use of Green Technologies, Mansour Kheffache, says , one of the students in the winning team from Luleå University of Technology.
– Developers rarely think about sustainability while building software, so it was both challenging and interesting. We did not only have to build functionality but also minimize the environmental footprint of the software. We did our best to minimize both the network load and the size of the application. We used very minimal assets for the visual design, and every time we developed part of the software we discussed the most efficient way of implementing the algorithms. And finally, we used some compression techniques on the code to reduce the size of the application even further.
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