3 Trends from Dublin Challenge Cup: Fixing Tutoring, Making Energy Smarter and More Amongst the energy startups in Dublin, using data to bring intelligence to energy systems and devices was a definite common denominator. Of the companies that took part in the energy roundtable prior to the competition, one is working on smart thermostats, one’s expertise is smart energy bills and one’s is smart landfills. The smart thermostat startup, AskStory has some of the same capabilities of Nest— only the company can generate energy savings up 20 to 30 percent for customers as opposed to Nest’s 10 to 20 percent range. AskStory’s smart system also costs about $100 less than Nest’s does. Its founding team wants to focus on the Asian market and has letters of intent from businesses there. First, though, they’re waiting on a patent to come through and potentially to raise funds to pay for hardware.