A first-year science student, Austin Montgomery, has made the only successful Canadian entry in an international contest on “How to Make the Smart Grid Smarter”. Montgomery’s submission was chosen by IEEE SmartGridComm experts as one of the top 13 videos, from among entries received this summer, and those 13 are now available for public vote.
Votes cast from now through Friday will select the top three, and from these the winner will be chosen by the expert jury. Montgomery reports that he wrote up his idea, scripted it, collected props and approvals, and had a friend shoot the creative 3-minute video clip.
His video describes a proposal to use new energy monitoring technology to expose details of building energy consumption and enable occupants to conserve energy. Additionally, Montgomery suggests “fun social competition” to encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint.