Sustainable Data Infrastructure

The challenge

With ever more data publicly available, it is increasingly possible to calculate carbon footprints, and other forms of environmental impact, caused by computing and data infrastructure, with higher accuracy and scope. 

Computers consume a lot of electricity, on a truly global scale, and much of that consumption happens in data centers around the world. Thanks to cloud native technologies, the threshold has never been lower to migrate between cloud providers. We are asking you to help us make it easier for others to choose the most sustainable way to run their data infrastructure.

Can you find a way to allow people to visualise how their choices affect the environment? The goal is to enable “environmental competition” for consumers - to compare services and goods, not only by their price, but also by their burden on the environment.

The challenge is to come up with a tool that provides comprehensible and insightful feedback about the environmental impact of people's choices, for historically recorded data, and also to enable future predictions. You should make it easy to integrate with other services and websites.


Please focus on using multiple, accurate information sources. For maximum impact, try to provide not only the end results, but also show how they were reached. Make it possible for users to tinker with the initial assumptions, and fetch the data for their own further use.

What We'll Bring

The Aiven team is here to help you.

Some people hate working with operations and maintenance, but we love it. We at Aiven are leaders in cloud-based open source data infrastructure solutions: databases, message queues, fault-tolerant storage, and much more. With our help, developers can do what they do best: create awesome applications. Meanwhile, we do what we do best: manage cloud data infrastructure. 

During the event, Aiven will offer you free infrastructure (in the form of credits) and expert advice for building your data processing pipeline. Our easy, API-based service provisioning will help you automate the setup of your infrastructure - and we can help you with that too.

The Prizes

The winning team will get Oura rings.

So, happy hacking - and let us know if you have any questions!

Judging criteria

When judging the entries, our team will pay special attention to the following criteria:

  • The number of real data sources (based on science)
  • Innovative use of data
  • Ease of use for end users of your service (UI & API)
  • Usefulness for guiding sustainable solutions in private or public life
  • Unique and interesting application areas

About the Company

Headquartered in Helsinki with hubs in Berlin, Boston, Toronto and Sydney, we provide managed open source data technologies, like PostgreSQL, Kafka, and M3, on all major clouds. To learn more about Aiven, visit and follow @aiven_io on Twitter.