March 20, 2016 6:20 pm
Updated: March 20, 2016 10:35 pm

Montreal hosts ‘green’ hack-a-thon

A team of hackers discusses ways to reduce fossil fuel consumption in Montreal. Sunday, March 20, 2016.

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MONTREAL – Sunday marked the end of a weekend of hacking hosted by the Office de la Consultation Publique de Montreal (OCPM), an independent organization in charge of public consultations.

The OCPM was mandated by the City of Montreal to lead public consultations surrounding the issue of fossil fuel dependency in the city and finding ways to reduce consumption.

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The goal of the hack-a-thon was for Montreal innovators to come together in multidisciplinary teams and develop prototypes tackling the issue.

“We had a weekend of brainstorming with a lot of people who tried to identify new means to do things differently,” the OCPM’s Luc Doray said.

Some of the proposed solutions looked at transportation, how we heat our homes  and even urban planning.

The hope is that teams will come up with innovative, yet concrete and feasible solutions to the problem.

“It’s easy to say we must reduce the consumption of fossil fuels,” Doray Said. “The main challenge is to identify realistic, practical and reliable ways to do that.”

Members of the public were invited to meet participants and view their projects at Concordia University Sunday afternoon.

The next step for the OCPM, will be to analyze the results and write a report to be tabled at City Hall.

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