EV Hackathon Marking the 160th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties between Germany and Thailand
On 27 August 2022, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Suchart Siengchin, KMUTNB President, Mr. Hans-Ulrich Südbeck, Deputy Chief of Mission, German Embassy in Bangkok, and Ms. Marinee Suwanmoli, Director of Central Europe Division, presided over the EV Hackathon: Future EV Mobility Creative Contest for Sustainability. They were welcomed by Prof. Dr. -Ing. Nisai Fuengwarodsakul, Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Dean of the Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering. This contest was co-organized by KMUTNB, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the German Embassy in Bangkok to commemorate the 160th anniversary of Thai-German diplomatic relations. This was also a platform for the participants to express their creativity and inspiring them to pursue their interest and passions in EV technology. This contest aimed to contribute to the promotion of EV technology in Thailand which responded to the 30/30 policy of the Government of Thailand targeting to push Thailand towards having at least 30% of Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) from the total domestic vehicle production by 2030 and the policy of Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy aiming to foster the sustainably economic growth. The theme of celebration in this occasion is “Partners for Sustainable Growth.”
The 8 teams selected out of 103 teams competed in the final round of 24-hour EV Hackathon during 27-28 August 2022 at KMUTNB. In the closing ceremony, the awards were presented by Mr. Asi Mamanee, Director-General of Department of European Affairs, Mr. Hans-Ulrich Südbeck, Deputy Chief of Mission, German Embassy in Bangkok, and Prof. Dr. Somrerk Chandra-Ambhorn, KMUTNB’s Vice President for Research and Information Technology Development. The ACDC team from Chulalongkorn University is the Winner of this EV Hackathon with a project entitled “Electric Kapor,” while the Por-May-Jedi team from King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok with a project called “KMUTNB Route” is the 1st Runner-up and the Bangmod team from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi with a project called “RIDE” is the 2nd Runner-up. The Winner of the contest received the cash prize of 100,000 baht. Moreover, the 1st Runner-up received the cash prize of 50,000 baht and the 2nd Runner-up received the cash prize of 25,000 baht. TÜV Rheinland, Germany, also sponsored a lucky draw special prize of a round-trip flight ticket to visit the Battery Test Laboratory.
Also, many exhibitions and activities related to electric vehicle were organized. This event was sponsored by many partners, such as PORSCHE, SCHAFFLER, Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand (EGAT), COVESTRO, KMUTNB ALUMNI Association, BMW, B. GRIMM, BOSCH, SYMPHONY, QTC Energy, BANGCHAK, MERCEDES BENZ, SCG Foundation, LAMY, TUV Rheinland and SIEMENS. The event attracted a great number of attendees.