WeDoWind was founded in a collaboration between Wind Energy Innovation Division at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST), The Swiss Wind Energy R&D Network and Charles Henderson of ENTR Alliance and Stacker Group in the US. The project is owned and run by OST.
The group applies interdisciplinary research to develop inspiring innovative solutions that can be adopted effectively and sustainably by people to contribute positively to the wind energy sector. She is also Founder and President of The Swiss Wind Energy R&D Network, which bundles Swiss innovation capabilities in order to promote the export of Swiss know-how in products and services to the international wind energy market. She is Chair of the Diversity Committee at the European Academy of Wind Energy.
Co-founder and CEO of RTDT Laboratories AG, a Swiss-based startup developing technologies and services for structural health monitoring of wind turbines.
Imad is also a senior scientist at the Chair of Structural Mechanics and Monitoring, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He carried out his Ph.D. thesis research on the “Assessment of extreme design loads for modern wind turbines using the probabilistic approach” at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, Denmark.
Leads the ENTR Alliance, an effort funded by the US Department of Energy to introduce open source so the clean energy space in partnership with NREL.
Charlie is also CEO of Stacker Group, a team of engineers who serve the clean energy space and cities in the US by developing the Relight platform. Charlie is CTO of Thriving Cities Group, an organization working in US cities to use data for the common good. Charlie is committed to helping make the tech industry more collaborative and inclusive.
The story of the first WeDoWind Challenge
First, we asked ourselves: What if the academic community worked together to develop joint solutions?
The answer was found after over 30 rounds of interviews.
Indeed, people wanted to meet and collaborate to find new solutions in more collaborative ways. But where to begin?
Our first contact: EDP, the 4th biggest wind farm producer in the world.
We started building a collaborative platform on Relight. Then EDP proposed the first challenge to start solving together.
We sent invites to all our contacts and… waited.
Then, from the other side of the world arrived the first “solution proposal” to EDP’s challenge. A piece of code that improved the company’s performance in many ways.
We now operate a thriving ecosystem with nine spaces and 250+ participants from all over the world