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Category: Renewable Energy


4 Hours to Product is a monthly competition comprised of teams of innovators from different professional backgrounds who collaborate, from idea to prototype, to create impactful new technological products through rapid brainstorming and development - in only four hours.

Our next event will be centered around Renewable Energy. Innovators are challenged to create a product that is based on renewable energy or uses renewable energy as one of its power sources. Daniel Tait, the leader of Energy Alabama, will give the state of the industry address on Renewable Energy.

About the speaker: Daniel Tait leads the non-profit organization, Energy Alabama accelerating Alabama’s transition to sustainable energy. He was named the 2015 International Young Energy Professional of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers. Daniel serves on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Energy Efficiency Information Exchange Council. He volunteers for Energy Huntsville and acts as Treasurer of the Association of Energy Engineers, Huntsville Chapter. He is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County’s Connect Program, Class 15 and the Alabama Leadership Initiative, class of 2016. Daniel graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in International Trade and Foreign Language.


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How It Works

Meet at the Real Estate Row off Pratt Ave in Huntsville, AL for CoWorking Night on Wed. March 8th, 2017 around 6:00PM. Daniel Tait, the leader of Energy Alabama, will then present on the state of the Renewable Energy industry to get us started. Those wanting to participate will then be split up into teams of 3 people. Next, the teams will collaborate to develop and pitch an app idea to a panel of judges. Teams will then have until 9:00PM to work on their business plan, pitch presentation, and prototype. At 9:00pm, time is up and all teams must stop work and meet on stage to share a 5 minute presentation. Each team will also get a 5 minute question round lead by the panel of judges. After all teams have presented, the judges will declare one team a winner.


Wed. March 8th, 2017 starting around 6:00PM


CoWorking Night
Real Estate Row
1806 University Drive NW
Huntsville, AL. 35801
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6:15pm - 6:45pm Daniel Tait, the leader of Energy Alabama, will present on the state of the Renewable Energy industry for inspiration.
6:45pm - 7:00pm Discuss Rules, Form Teams and have a small presentation relevant to the event objective.
7:00pm - 9:00pm Teams work on business plan, pitch presentation, and prototype.
9:00pm - 10:00pm Teams pitch ideas and demo prototype (Each team should be limited to no more than 10mins. Hopefully 5 mins of presentation / demo and 5 mins for questions from the judges).

Register Now!

We are limited to 25 innnovators per event. Please, register to reserve your spot!






Be Respectful

  • Be kind to others and their ideas. Listen to other peoples ideas in full and do not be quick to shoot them down.



  • Teams should consist of 2 - 3 people.
  • Teams assignments will be randomly chosen by the event sponsor.
  • Each team must base their product on the category provided by the Event Sponsor.
  • Teams are encouraged to recruit, collaborate, and ask for feedback with any CoWorkers who are not participating in the event.
  • Work can be outsourced to remote workers, if possible.



  • All teams will retain full ownership of the idea and creation. CoWorking night is here to help participtants realize their dreams.



This is the presentation we use for 4 Hours to Product:

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Prototyping Software

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#1. $witch: Simplifying Urgent Care Staffing
#2. Let's Go: Hassle-free experience planning
#3. Demeter Network Systems: Maximize Farmland Potential