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.
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.
Svatopluk Vnouček (judge) is a graduate of the Czech Technical University’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Prague (Heavy-Current Electrical Engineering), he has worked in the energy sector since 1993. He has worked at ČEPS since it was formed in 1998 and has held various positions both in transmission and system services. He was a member of the UCTE and ENTSO-E international working groups.University of Pittsburgh.
Blahoslav Němeček (judge) is an Associate Partner in EY´s Advisory P&U Group in the Czech Republic. He holds M.A. in Economics and Management of Energy Industry and Ph.D. in Business Management and Economics from the Czech Technical University in Prague. Prior to joining EY he worked as a Vice Chairman and Director for Regulation at the Czech Energy Regulatory Office (ERO). Besides an outstanding understanding of energy business he implemented of new legislation (national REMIT, EMIR) into process of energy companies (ČEZ, E.ON), designed of new RES scheme in Slovakia (OKTE). He is interested in redesigning power and gas EU Market. He introduced Smart Energy Solutions and Renewable Sources of Transport.
Ing. Vladimír Zadina (judge) is a director of the Smart Prague Department in the municipal enterprise Operátor ICT. He’s experienced in modern technology implementation in city management, innovative projects and financing via European funds. He’s former manager of Smart City Department in Písek and he also worked on concept development for Žďár nad Sázavou and several municipal districts in Prague. Most of his expertise come from time he spent at the Ministry of Regional Development where his main focus was the use of European funds to finance Smart City initiatives.
Jan Konrád (judge) studied international relations at University of Economics and law at the Faculty of Law of Charles University. From the beginning, his professional career lied in IT. In 1997, he started working as a code writer for Unicorn Systems a.s. After several technical and management positions, he ended up as a Member of the Board responsible for international expansion of Unicorn Systems. Since 1999, Jan Konrád has been systematically cultivating business activities of the company in the energy industry and continues to supervise all strategic activities in this field even now.
Matthias Glodny, Dipl. –Ing. (judge) is Head of Productmanagement at ŠKODA AUTO, Electric and Midsize Car Division. After his abroad experience in Italy, he joined the Volkswagen Group in 1998. He has worked on various management positions for AUDI AG, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., Volkswagen AG and SEAT, S.A. Since June 2016 brought Matthias his international and longtime project and product management skills to ŠKODA AUTO, where he overtook, among others, responsibility for electric car projects.
Karel Vinkler, Ing. MBA (mentor) is graduated Engineer of cybernetics and electrical systems, completed postgraduate studies at the Czech Technical University in Prague and the program Master of Business Administration at Nottingham Trent University. He has worked in the energy sector since 1986 in various analytical and management positions. During his career he was responsible for generation portfolio optimization, dispatch control, trading at electricity and ancillary services market, hedging generation assets. He specializes in the power system modeling and adequacy assessment and strategic management. He was a member of various working groups of international organizations CENTREL, EURELECTRIC and ENTSO-e.
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.
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.
Dominika Šubáková (mentor) has a various experience from the energy and start-up scene across several departments at innogy, e.g Innovation Hub in Berlin and Retail business. Her daily work involves a variety of tasks from market analysis, design and product development, prototyping and testing to product finalization in both B2C and B2B sector. Currently, her focus is placed on new business models in the area of e-mobility and Smart Home. Dominika is a huge fan of new smart solutions that make our daily life easier and she´s ready to help you create such a product.
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.
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.
Daniela Kuklová (mentor) is a consultant at EY and demonstrates a strong background in the startup ecosystem at the international scale. She has graduated from London university where she was also a part of innovation hub located in Silicon Roundabout, which aimed to help startups to accelerate their growth. She currently works in Innovation Hub within EY specializing on the topic of smart cities – sustainable generation of energy in the cities, participative budgeting, citizen engagement -, and also corporate innovation – innovation communication strategy, idea generation process, co-design, customer experience.
Pavel Kuka (mentor) is a consultant within the InnovEYtion Hub. Since joining EY, Pavel has worked with clients from both private and public sector identifying innovation opportunities and drafting strategies to embrace disruptive trends. The majority of projects Pavel is working on are aimed at developing and implementing elements of the Smart City concept – mainly in the area of IoT. Off work, he is curiously monitoring the evolution of transhumanist movements, fresh discoveries in disruptive tech and technoethics.
Juraj Hošták (mentor) joined EY as a senior consultant and demonstrates a strong background in innovation strategies in public and private sector, capturing new opportunities for smart solutions with a main focus on Smart City services for regions and cities. His expertise includes open government, data analytics, benchmarking and establishment of cities and regions as test beds for innovation. He supported the Slovak government in establishing the Smart Energy working group and worked on developing the national Smart Energy action plan. His interests are IoT capable solutions and gadgets, data-based business models and turning data into added value in general.
Ondřej Průša (mentor) is a Senior Consultant at EY’s Advisory P&U team in the Czech Republic. During his two-year consulting practice, he has been dealing with many facets of the current energy industry including EU gas market and gas storage, ESCO products and strategy, alternative fuels in transportation, electricity trading platforms and various regulatory issues. Ondřej studied economics and management in Prague and Grenoble. In his free time he enjoys doing e-commerce and playing the trumpet. He will happily try and help develop out-of-the-box ideas.
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.
Petr Svoboda (mentor) has been working for Unicorn since 2001, currently at the position of Senior Consultant in the energy domain. He is a skilled architect, responsible for analysis and design of information systems covering given business issues and solutions reflecting the customers’ needs. His strengths include extensive experience from number of business domains and ability to bridge the gap between business and IT thanks to the technical knowledge. He specialises on the energetics, mainly on the exchange of information between TSOs, data formats, integration issues, control systems, grid security and network models.