RENSET: powering a green festival
In the realm of portable energy, RENSET’s mobile Powerstation emerged as a beacon of green power. Equipped with interchangeable battery units, their innovation supplied energy to our Innofest stand at the camp site.
Teun van ‘t Veer, Renset’s founder: “We conducted a range of assessments involving diverse stakeholders within the festival. We engaged end-users to evaluate ergonomics and collaborated with infrastructural management to ascertain whether the product’s capacity aligned with practical festival applications. The insights gained proved incredibly valuable. We discovered that our product, originally designed for construction contexts, could seamlessly transition to festival environments, albeit with a few nuanced differences. Primarily, we identified the need to fine-tune the product’s ergonomics for a flawless fit. For instance, mobility requirements during festival setup differ from those during the event itself, influenced by spatial constraints and transportation logistics. We’re incorporating all these findings into the final design, which is anticipated to be available for purchase from early next year.”
Spore: cultivating sustainability
Amsterdam-based startup Spore took on the task of transforming festival waste management. Their waste bins, equipped with AI-driven sensors, accelerates the fermentation process of organic waste, curbing food contamination and fostering on-site composting. Behind the scenes in the crew kitchen, Spore’s technology was put to the test, aiming to revolutionize waste management practices at festivals and mitigate environmental impact.
Guy Vincent, co-founder of Spore, highlighted the trial’s achievement: “Surpassing our 10,000-image target, we amassed over 20,000 images, which will be used to train our AI models to detect contaminants in waste streams. We focused on identifying plastics in catering bins at the backstage crew area of Mysteryland. The test underscored the necessity for autofocus cameras to address challenges related to focus, height, and distance. While waste separation issues emerged in catering, we gained valuable insights into contamination management. Our intent to assist major waste companies in their AI endeavors, reducing the need for internal system development, is backed by the knowledge gained from this test. We are also exploring an open-source model and the possiblity to automate waste audits through our AI-equipped cameras. Current manual and infrequent waste audits could benefit from real-time insights, enhancing efficiency and accuracy.”
The tests at Mysteryland were made possible by StartupAmsterdam, the Urban Innovation Team of the City of Amsterdam, Goeie Grutten, LiveGreen, One Resilient Earth, Green Events, the EU and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
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