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Member News: EMPEQ Wins Top Honors at Smart Cities Connect Startup Challenge

Ithaca, NY, May 21, 2024- EMPEQ, an innovator in energy-efficient technology solutions, is thrilled to announce its first-place victory in the prestigious Smart Cities Connect “Smart Cities Startup Challenge.” Competing against 17 finalists from around the globe and over a hundred applicants, EMPEQ’s Climate Justice Crowdsourcing approach to smart city challenges secured the top spot at this highly competitive event.

The Climate Justice Crowdsourcing initiative, powered by EMPEQ’s Fast Site Survey software, significantly contributed to their win. This mobile and cloud-based software application utilizes AI to instantly identify equipment and create a cloud-based database, rapidly providing insights such as the remaining useful life of infrastructure with just one photo from a smartphone. The initiative also supports community involvement, as local workers can be quickly trained to conduct site surveys using only photographs. This dual approach not only aids in acquiring reliable data for optimal decision-making in smart city transformations but also opens avenues into the clean energy sector for historically marginalized communities. Through these innovative solutions, EMPEQ is set to transform urban sustainability and enhance global smart city initiatives.

The Smart Cities Connect Conference, hosted by TechConnect and sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and known for spotlighting transformative urban technologies, aligns with major U.S. initiatives such as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. EMPEQ’s win at the conference underscores its commitment to aligning with national security and defense strategies through sustainable, innovative urban solutions.

Derek LaClair, co-founder and COO of EMPEQ, expressed his delight at the win, “We are incredibly honored to receive this recognition at such a distinguished event. This victory is a testament to our team’s dedication and the innovative impact of our technology on urban sustainability and climate justice. We are excited about the future and the potential our solutions have to enhance smart city initiatives globally.”

The conference serves as a melting pot for thought leaders, policymakers, and tech innovators, focusing on collaborative approaches to urban challenges. EMPEQ’s recognition at this event not only highlights its leadership in the field but also enhances its credentials in front of key city decision-makers, investors, and industry stakeholders.

“Winning the Smart Cities Startup Challenge is not just an honor; it’s a catalyst for our next steps in deploying smart, sustainable technology solutions in cities across the globe,” said Herbert Dwyer, CEO and co-founder of EMPEQ. “We are excited to leverage this momentum to accelerate our mission of transforming urban landscapes for more efficient usage of energy and enhanced community welfare.”

EMPEQ received a crystal award and was acknowledged as a top innovator at the event, reinforcing its role as a leader in the smart cities sector. The company looks forward to continuing its work with urban communities to implement scalable, sustainable solutions that address real-world challenges.


About EMPEQ:
EMPEQ stands at the forefront of the energy efficiency and equipment management revolution. Founded by Herbert Dwyer and Derek LaClair, EMPEQ marries deep expertise in energy services with a fervent commitment to clean energy solutions. Recognized among the top global energy startups, EMPEQ’s innovative approach leverages AI-powered technology to provide instant equipment insights, transforming the way businesses and municipalities interact with energy and equipment. With a mission to enhance operational efficiency, reduce costs, and contribute to a sustainable future, EMPEQ’s leadership and innovative solutions are redefining the landscape of energy management.