As part of Brookfield’s IT Talent Development Program, in 2022, we hosted the Let’s Save Lives Hackathon event. Hackathon events allow high-performing technical talents to originate innovative solutions for worthy causes like Health and Safety.
The hackathon in 2022 was targeted to develop ideas around supporting our objective of having zero serious safety incidents. The participants proposed applying data analytics to predict and prevent potential incidents accurately by:
Identifying the root causes of high-risk incidents that cause fatalities and injuries.
Preventing and proactively addressing the root causes of high-risk incidents to reduce fatalities and injuries.
Using natural language AI and search to automate tracking and reporting of related safety activities and incidents.
Applying visual monitoring solutions to enforce correct safety practices and personal protection equipment in real time.
The participants observed that traditional approaches to safety often involve putting a physical barrier between the worker and the hazard, which can slow down productivity. The participants presented several new approaches to safety, which include the adoption of new safety technologies as outlined below.
Wearable Technology: Technology-enhanced PPE with the Internet of Things (IoT) enables continuous monitoring and alerts.
Worksite Automation: Technology solutions to help workers with challenging, dangerous, or repetitive tasks, such as collaborative robots (cobots).
Smart CCTV: Identify potential hazards, check and continuously monitor PPE and safety-practice compliance, raise alerts to dispatch emergency response, etc.
The participants of the hackathon will continue to collaborate on safety innovations from the proposed solutions to build a one-prototype solution for all Brookfield portfolio companies to leverage in 2023. We plan to continue the Hackathon event in 2023 with the Let’s Save the Planet Hackathon to drive and support Brookfield’s net-zero efforts.