15-16 NOVEMBER 2019

A 28-hour hackathon to promote water management

The BlueArk Challenge is a hackathon in the energy and water management sector. Its aim is to seek to provide digital solutions to professionals in the energy and water management sector, and to boost the innovation process.

It will be your mission in the course of a 28-hour period to develop prototypes of IT solutions to meet the challenges posed by energy professionals (the Altis Group and SI Monthey in particular).

Join us and enjoy a tailor-made stay with all meals, drinks, accommodation, etc. included.


There are also attractive prizes to be won. Take part in this unique adventure, share your experience and innovative solutions… and have a lot of fun!

Le projet Naïade, qui permet de gérer un réseau d’eau complexe grâce à une solution informatique, a remporté samedi soir au Châble la première édition du BlueArk Challenge, le hackathon dédié à l’énergie. Organisé par le Pôle d’innovation BlueArk Entremont, ALTIS Groupe, les Services industriels de Monthey et la Fondation The Ark, la manifestation a accueilli plus de 100 personnes, dont 55 développeurs. Ceux-ci ont travaillé d’arrache-pied sur 11 défis concrets, rencontrés dans la vie de tous les jours par les professionnels du domaine de l’énergie. Trois autres projets ont été récompensés au terme de 24 heures de travail intensif.




+ - Friday 15 November 2019

From 5 pm
Welcoming participants to Le Châble and the Pitch Session for challenge and solution stakeholders

6 pm
Opening of the BlueArk Challenge 2019

6.10 pm
Pitch des défis

7.00 pm
Drinks buffet and team training

From 8 pm onwards
Teamwork (hacking)

+ - Saturday 16 November 2019

8 am
Breakfast then continuing teamwork

9.30 am onwards
Supervision by professional, lean and technical experts

12 noon

1 pm to 8 pm

7 pm
Pitching the solutions and presentations to the judges

8 pm
Meal of raclette and the judges’ decision

10 pm

10.30 pm
End of the event (optional overnight stay)

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A hackathon in the heart of the mountains


Awards of more than CHF 25’000 – await the winning teams.

1st prize

CHF 3’000 in cash

Participation at the acceleration program (with work spaces and a test environment).
Total value: CHF 20’000.-

2nd prize

CHF 1’500 in cash

3rd prize

CHF 500 in cash

Come and participate in this unique adventure with us!

A place that is conducive to creating change


There will be a team of professionals on site to welcome you and support your work.


HES-SO Valais/Wallis

Frédéric Bagnoud

The Ark Foundation












HES-SO Valais/Wallis


+ - How much does it cost to register ?

Registration and participation in the event is free of charge. All expenses (food, drinks, rest rooms and snacks…) will also be covered by BlueArk Entremont, the Ark and Altis Foundation, the organisers of the event.

+ - How to get to the Espace Saint-Marc in Le Châble ?

Le Châble is located above Martigny. It is served by a train line that runs from Martigny station. The Espace Saint-Marc is a few minutes’ walk from Le Châble station.

Postal address :
Espace Saint-Marc
Route de Mauvoisin 45
1934 Le Châble

Google Map

+ - What infrastructure is there on site (IT, WLAN, network, server, API, etc.)? What do I need to bring with me ?

Wi-Fi will be available throughout the event.

You will need to bring the following with you: computer, charger, adaptor and any other technological devices you may need.

+ - Is it possible to register as a team ?

Yes, however, each person must register individually using the registration form. Then everyone can just join the challenge presented on Innoboard.

+ - Is it possible to sleep at the venue? Can I shower, shave, eat lunch etc.?

Yes, there will be two dormitories with mattresses and shower rooms available. However, you should bring a sleeping bag and a cloth with you.

All meals are provided, including Saturday morning breakfast.

+ - Where can I see the challenges to be solved, as posed by the energy specialists ?

You will find everything you need on our platform Innoboard.

+ - What are the criteria for judging prototypes and final presentations (pitches) ?

The final presentation should include:

  • the issues to be solved
  • the advances achieved in the course of 28 hours’ work
  • a demonstration of the solution being proposed
  • the project’s potential for economic development and sustainability

Projects will be judged on the following key criteria (this is a non-exhaustive list):

  • the quality of the presentation
  • the solution’s relevance and added value
  • the ways in which it is innovatory and creative
  • technical viability
  • economic and developmental potential

+ - How is the issue of intellectual property resolved in the course of the BlueArk Challenge ?

All the work carried out during the event is open source, but you can choose to do otherwise if you agree this with your team before you get started.

First and foremost, this event is a place to share and an opportunity to learn and collaborate in a new way.

If you wish to carry on the adventure after the BlueArk Challenge, we can support you via BlueArk Entremont and its partners.


Pôle d’innovation BlueArk Entremont

027 606 88 60

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