Zbyněk Solecký (judge) is CFO at innogy Energie in the Czech Republic. He graduated in mathematics and started his professional career in banking. Later on he has gained an extensive experience in the energy industry, where he has worked in executive roles in the Finance area for almost 20 years. Besides an outstanding understanding of energy business he has deep knowledge of Corporate Finance and Risk Management. He is very interested in developing new business models delivering value to both customers and shareholders.

Martin Gebauer (judge) is CEO of České Radiokomunikace (CRA) since 2014. CRA has become a progressive provider of the most advanced technologies in IoT, cloud computing and non-linear content distribution in the Czech Republic and reaching also abroad. Before joining CRA Martin Gebauer worked in senior executive positions in finance and asset management. He gained his international experience at EY (CR and USA), Aliten Group (Spain) and Orco Property Group (CR and CEE countries). He studied management and economics on the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Technical University in Brno and his thesis prepared at City University of London. He gained ACCA qualification.

Miloš Mastník (judge) is on the position of CCO of České Radiokomunikace (CRA) since October 2016. He spearheads the commercial activities of CRA including product management, sales support and customer solutions. Miloš Mastník is also responsible for marketing and customer care management. He has a long-term experience in telco area in which he operates since 2000. Two years before joining CRA he was head of sales and marketing in ČD-Telematika, where he also focused on the IoT services business strategy. He gained his experience in Český Telecom, and for many years he occupied senior positions in GTS Czech, GTS Central Europe or T-Mobile Czech Republic. Miloš Mastník studied at University of Economics in Prague where he currently gives lectures. He also got MBA at University of Pittsburgh.

Frantisek Vasek (mentor) has a broad experience across electricity and gas markets since the early stage of liberalization. His expertise covers regulation, consulting with focus on new business development as well as marketing and sales throughout industries. Currently, as a Senior Manager at innogy, he´s leading team looking for an innovative business ideas that will shape the energy future. Frantisek is also a technology enthusiast, who likes to play with new gadgets, design apps, services and all kind of DIYs.

Radka Grinčová (mentor) is a digital marketing expert, focusing on digital analytics across all channels at innogy. Besides dealing with all things data, she also has experience with implementation of various digital technologies, such as email marketing software, webchat or data management platform. Currently she is actively engaged in rolling out common programmatic marketing approach within innogy group. Radka is a tech-savvy person and already looks forward to all the innovative ideas of hackathon attendees.

Tomáš Kundrata (mentor) is an expert in energy data modelling working at innogy. His role involves a lot different responsibilities as creation and implementation of risk models, energy consumption predictions, calculation of portfolio sensitivity, temperature effects and others. Besides strong understanding or energy sector, he has a previous experience in the banking sector, developing models for predictions of exchange rates, hedge models or developing an application for time management. During his post gradual studies, he led team responsible for modelling CFD at Fire Technical Institute. His strong interests are econometrics and machine learning, therefore he’s more than happy to share his knowledge in this area.

David Konvalina (mentor) is a Head of Retail Sales&Marketing at innogy. During his 15 year career in managerial roles in banking and energy industry, he has gained an extensive experience in marketing, segment management and product management. One of his biggest achievement is the electricity retail market entry in a company that was originally specialized only in the gas sales. Moreover, he has contributed to the introduction of several innovative products and services to the market. David has natural leaderships and mentoring skills and he’s ready to help teams to reach their goal.

Tomáš Ivan (mentor) is currently working at London´s outpost of innogy Innovation Hub as Venture Developer. He previously founded a start-up within the retail and digital space, and has worked on various entrepreneurial development projects for global corporations including P&G, HP and innogy. Tomáš is looking forward to discovering disruptive new business models and mentoring start-ups to help them reach their potential.

Michaela Kučerová (mentor) is leading several IT projects in Retail area, mainly focused on Business Intelligence & Analytics with overlap to IT architecture and Backend systems. She is passionate about new sustainable solutions in the area of e-mobility and activities around that. Michaela would love to integrate more smart energy into the Czech market and change the mindset of local people (of course, in a positive way).

Marcin Kolago (mentor) is nurturing new ventures at the innogy Innovation Hub. He is an avid generalist, with experience all over the energy retail and grid value chain. He has been helping early stage startups as mentor and investor. He can help you create a great pitch, challenge your business model, brainstorm ideas how to get insights to verify the key hypotheses behind your idea.

Petr Dohnal (mentor) has an extensive experience not only in energy industry, but also within public sector and government administration. Currently, as a Senior Manager, he is leading innogy business activities in the B2B segment of the Czech Republic – East Region and North Morava. Besides his long lasting knowledge of the commodity trade, he´s more and more involved in non-commodity products as well. Therefore, he can help you with great B2B customer insights and energy trading overview.

Ondřej Prejzek (mentor) is the BD & Innovation Director at the Car Distribution and Retail division of the AutoBinck Group. He has gathered experience in both automotive and mobility technology and business starting his career as R&D engineer at Porsche and then working as strategy consultant at BCG and Ricardo Strategy Consulting in Prague, Munich and Detroit. Ondrej holds a Ph.D. degree in structural mechanics from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, CTU in Prague.

David Miklas (mentor) founded two startups that he sold afterwards to bigger companies. During his carreer, he was responsible mainly for business strategy, business development, and product design. With his last company he focused on manufactuirng 3D printers so he has strong knowledge in rapid prototyping and manufacturing.

Tomas Horak, Ph.D. (mentor) is an Assistant Professor at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Transportation Sciences. His professional interests include Smart Cities with focus on Smart Mobility, Logistics and International Education Opportunities with focus on Dual-Degree Programs. He is active in the faculty administration as the Deputy Vice-Dean for Foreign Affairs. He has international experience from working as a visiting professor at The University of Texas at El Paso, USA as well as from his studies at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. In 2016 he participated as one of the organizers and as a mentor in the Smart Cities Hackathon in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Zuzana Nehajová (mentor) is a senior manager leading a foundation of Innovation Centre within EY. She possesses extensive knowledge of the innovation industry in public and private sector. Promoting Public-Private Partnerships and close collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, she co-authored the Smart Industry Strategy for Slovakia, and has advocated support for clusters and up scaling and modernization of SMEs.

Ing. Jakub Maščuch, Ph.D. (mentor) graduated in Power systems engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, CTU in Prague, where he devoted to Organic Rankin Cycles (ORC) design in the Ph.D. study of decentralized power systems. From 2013 until present he works as a leader of Organic Rankin Cycles and their Applications Laboratory (LORCA) at the University Center of Energy Efficient Buildings (UCEEB) of the Czech Technical University in Prague, which he founded. LORCA focuses on Applied Research for Energy Devices for Decentralized Energy systems using ORC. Within the CTU, the UCEEB has experience in the operation of micro-turbines and other new energy technologies.

Jan Fousek (mentor) is a Managing Director of Solar Global, one of Czech leading PV power producers, green-energy trading house, service provider and investor into large-capacity batteries. He is also a Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Solar Association of the Czech Republic, where he is responsible for European agenda, energy trading legislation, media and worldwide presence at conferences. In July 2017, he also became a CEO of AKU-BAT CZ, the association for supporting energy storage and large-scale battery systems. In years 2011 – 2016, Jan acted as a founder and co-owner of Virtuse Energy, that time one of the Europe´s largest emissions and energy trading house. He was the first foreign entrepreneur in the world, whose company joined the emerging Chinese emission markets (firstly Shenzhen) in 2014.

Anna Tůmová (mentor) serves on the position of Head of Marketing & PR of České Radiokomunikace (CRA) since 2015. In her role she manages CRA marketing strategy, planning and activities. In 2016 Anna Tůmová oversaw the complete rebranding of the company. CRA currently hosts number of innovative marketing events and contests, for example in IoT field and CRA’s communication style corresponds with the most recent marketing trends (content marketing activities, social media etc.). Before joining CRA Anna Tůmová served in management of her own marketing company and also as marketing manager at Lukoil Czech Republic. She completed studies of business and management at Lomonosow Moscow State University.

Petr Németh (mentor) has a strong background in both software development and database technologies. As an engineer, Petr participated in large-scale deployments of solutions for high-performance data storage, machine learning and data analytics in the UK, Czech Republic and in The Netherlands. Having a passion for learning new things and emerging technologies brought him to the exciting world of IoT. He is currently occupied as IoT Architect at CRA, one of the leading providers of IoT solutions in the country, with a prime focus on data storage and integration.

Petr Malík (mentor) holds a position of product manager for Telco area at České Radiokomunikace since 2014. He is responsible for complete Telco product portfolio and participates on IoT projects and product development as well as the projects in the area of the new digital TV broadcasting standard DVB-T2. Petr Malík completed Telecommunication Technology programme at VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava and he had gained much experience on the technical positions while studying.

Martin Šimeček (mentor) works for Microsoft Czech Republic & Slovakia as a Technical Evangelist. His job is to discover and learn what’s new with Microsoft technologies for developers and then pass this information forward, so that developers have enough information to be efficient and benefit from the technology. He does trainings, consultations, records videos and screencasts, talks at conferences and works with ISV parters on their projects. His primary areas of focus are Microsoft Azure, mobile apps, gaming and conversational bots.

Jan Pospíšil (mentor) is Sr. Technology Evangelist @ Microsoft, SW a solution Architect, Developer, IoT & DIY Geek, Father, Husband, technocrat. His passions are IoT gadgets, IoT solutions, Big Data, Machine Learning, Cognitive Services, New Technologies (even bleeding edge), e-commerce, robotics, automation, coding. He’d like to meet you for a chat about those topics and how you use them together with Azure services to boost your business.

Tadeáš Salaba (mentor) has broad experience from energetic and economic field. He is responsible for economical valuation, technical analysis and developing business strategies for ultimate beneficiary of Czech Coal Group. Wide range of his focus goes from classical sources of energy (ie. coal-fired power plants, heat plants,..) to trading models on power exchange markets (short/long term trading). Tadeas acquired his knowledge at ČVUT (CTU – Energetics, Electrical Engineering and Management) in Prague and at Tomsk Polytechnic University in Russia (Faculty of Electrical Engineering), where he successfully finished his Masters programs. Now he continues at ČVUT on Phd. program with dissertation: „Business strategies of coal-fired power plants“.