Vienna (OTS) – July 14th, 2021 In a joint initiative with Capgemini and Microsoft, ÖBAG and four of its large affiliates – A1 Telekom, the BIG Group, Austrian Post and VERBUND – are starting an initiative in the use of digital opportunities for a sustainable future. The aim of the Austrian Sustainability Data Science Challenge 2021, which will take place in autumn 2021, is to determine the ecological footprint of properties on the basis of data science models and to show ways in which Co2 emissions can be reduced, biodiversity promoted and renewable energy sources used can. Students, data scientists and startups can register for the competition with immediate effect. The participants can expect an attractive real use case, further education measures in the form of trainings and prize money of 5,000 euros for the winning team. [LINK]

Sometimes: Competition: Big Data for a Green Future

More and more companies are using data-based technologies to counteract climate change. With more than 30 percent, the building sector, along with industry, transport and agriculture, is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases in Europe. At the same time, there is still a great deal of untapped potential in the area of ​​renewable energies. The initiative launched by the ÖBAG holding companies, together with Capgemini and Microsoft, is dedicated to these two challenges. In the course of the challenge, the challenges and optimization potential of individual properties with regard to the promotion of biodiversity and the use of new energy concepts using big data are to be analyzed.

The objective for the participants is to develop an innovative approach to reducing the CO2 footprint of entire properties and real estate portfolios on the basis of a wide variety of data (including aerial photographs, weather data and energy consumption) and through the use of artificial intelligence. According to the initiators, a holistic approach for the integration of energy management and open space design is essential in order to be able to use the AI ​​model for other areas of application in the future.

Zwtl .: Who can take part?

Bachelor and master students with data science knowledge as well as data science professionals and startups are invited to the competition. Capgemini and Microsoft support the participants in the development and implementation of scalable AI models. As an expert and service provider of Microsoft Azure, A1 will help the participants of the challenge with technical questions. The challenge runs over a period of six weeks and will take place from October 2021 to November 2021. Further details and the possibility to register can be found under this [LINK.]

Occasionally: Success model “Cross-industry initiative”

The “Sustainability Data Science Challenge 2021” not only works on very specific goals and future-oriented models, it also represents another example of cross-sector cooperation between ÖBAG companies and other players in Austrian economy, science and research – for a goal-oriented Use of synergies in the fight against the climate crisis.

Possibly: Statements project initiators

“The unswerving work to reduce Co2 emissions is a clear mandate for both our state owner and the EU. As the Austrian asset manager, we see this as an obligation. Initiatives such as the Sustainability Data Science Challenge are exemplary of the path that ÖBAG and its affiliated companies have taken in the field of sustainability: consistent pursuit of goals, effective measures, joint efforts and that also in new and innovative ways, ”emphasizes ÖBAG board member Christine Catasta the importance of the initiative.

Hermann Erlach, General Manager Microsoft Austria: “With every sustainability measure, we actively invest in our future – but much more is needed. We are convinced that technology can be the key to lasting change. The next generation of pioneers from every area is already in the starting blocks to lead us into a greener future with their innovative ideas. Promoting them is an important part of Microsoft’s sustainability strategy and is also a clear focus of the ‘Sustainability Data Science Challenge 2021’. ”

Michael Danninger, COO Capgemini Consulting Austria: “Sustainability is an important cornerstone of our strategic ambitions. That is why we use intelligent technologies and data to develop innovative solutions for our customers to successfully reduce their ecological footprint. The Data Science Challenge is a good example here, where we use our expertise in artificial intelligence in a targeted manner and make a significant contribution to a sustainable Austrian economy in cross-company cooperation. ”

Occasionally: statements from participating companies

Thomas Arnoldner, CEO A1 Telekom Austria Group: “The A1 Telekom Austria Group has a long tradition in the field of sustainability. Since 2020 we have taken the topic to a new level with our ESG strategy, which is also part of the corporate strategy. In addition, the results of a current study on the connection and potential of digitization and climate change confirm that we are a key pioneer for a green and digital transformation with our digital infrastructure. We are therefore very happy to be part of the Sustainability Data Science Challenge. ”

Michael Strugl, CEO VERBUND: “The energy transition is a huge transformation process and probably the most important project of our time. Politics, business, research and society – we all have to pull together in order to achieve the national and global climate goals and to keep our planet livable for future generations. The use of digitization and artificial intelligence will take us a decisive step forward. We look forward to cross-company cooperation and to exciting insights and solutions from the Sustainability Data Challenge. ”

Georg Pölzl, General Director of Austrian Post: “As a logistics company, Austrian Post bears a special responsibility for our environment. In order to do justice to this, we consistently analyze current developments and challenges and adapt our measures and goals accordingly. It was clear to us from the start that we would take part in this challenge and we are confident that this will bring us a step closer to the goal of reducing the CO2 footprint of entire properties. ”

Hans-Peter Weiss, CEO of the BIG Group: “Against the background that 30 percent of energy consumption in Austria is accounted for by the real estate sector, innovative approaches are constantly required. The two application examples for the optimized use of renewable energies and the promotion of biodiversity fit perfectly with our activities for sustainable construction and management of buildings. We are excited to see which solutions will be found in the context of the challenge. ”

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