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Winner of 2015 negawatt challenge focuses on improving resource efficiency

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Negawatt Challenge convened winners from local challenge competitions in Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania to compete at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2015.
  • Teams pitched their hardware and software solutions; a majority of them tackle electricity consumption demand-side issues faced by their cities.
  • Negawatt global winner - STICLab LTD – developed a water efficiency system that monitors consumption and revenue making, as well as provides data on consumption.
Negawatt teams participating in a pitch training at Startupbootcamp Barcelona, a day before pitching at the Smart City Expo World Congress

Throughout 2015, in four countries across the globe, the Negawatt Challenge inspired 41 solutions around resource efficiency, supported 16 teams through a targeted boot camp, and accelerated eight startups. Additionally, the Climate CoLab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) provided a virtual platform for the Negawatt challenge, generating 23 proposals from 11 countries.

The Negawatt Challenge, which is organized by the World Bank’s Transport and ICT global practice, aims to empower tech and IT communities to be creative and innovate around urban resource efficiency issues, such as lack of sustainable supply of electricity and water, thus fostering greener growth in their cities. Negawatt does so by providing a platform to engage budding entrepreneurs, together with policymakers and other stakeholders, in identification of the most pressing city-level resource efficiency challenges; and to build capacity of the high-potential entrepreneurs to develop technically feasible and commercially viable software and hardware solutions in response to the challenges identified.

The Negawatt also fosters peer-to-peer learning, use of open government data, and cross-fertilization of knowledge across all the cities involved. Since its start in 2015, the Negawatt Challenge has supported a number of digital innovations, which actively leverage data analytics, sensors, cloud computing, mobile platforms, and location services. The most notable include those developed by STICLab LTD (Tanzania), Sun Shade Energy (Ghana), e-Manager (Brazil), e-Save (Negawatt Virtual Track Winner), and Plugin Pulse (Kenya).

At the recent Smart City Expo World Congress 2015, and following a tight competition, STICLab LTD from Tanzania was announced as the global winner of this year’s Negawatt Challenge.

STICLab LTD is a pre-paid water metering system that can be operated in two modes: as a Point of Sale, which can either offer mobile money or coin-based payment, and as a household pre-paid meter, which offers mobile money payment. The startup entered the competition in March 2015 in Dar es Salaam working on an early concept of its solution; since then the team has developed a working and viable hardware prototype that performs consumption and revenue monitoring, as well as provides data on water consumption.

“The Negawatt is all about empowering entrepreneurs to contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goals through resource efficiency measures,” says Ms Anna Lerner, World Bank ICT and Energy Specialist and co-Task Team Leader of the Negawatt Challenge.

ICT Innovation Specialist and co-Task Team Leader Ms Cecilia Paradi-Guilford adds: “It is high time that cities start engaging their local talent in the identification of ‘pain points’ and co-creation of solutions leveraging digital enablers to find viable solutions.”

A panel of judges for the Negawatt Challenge included representation of various organizations, including: the Energy City Frederikshavn; Four Years From Now; GiCoop; SumaCapital; AUMA and Catalonia’s Sustainable Development Advisory Council. The judges evaluated the innovations based on their value creation, relevance to the challenges, technical feasibility, financial viability, and originality.

As the Global Negawatt Challenge winner, STICLab LTD commented: “The support and trainings that we got throughout the Challenge program helped us learn how to create customer-based products. We are now in the process of scaling our business while also helping our society to solve problems that surround it. We plan on making our pre-paid water metering system available in all disadvantaged regions of Africa, so that water supplying can be an entrepreneurial opportunity, while increasing water efficiency and water availability, and making water projects more self-sustainable.”

There were other innovative projects that competed in the Negawatt challenge, of which a few are mentioned below:

Sun Shade Energy’s “Sunspecs” protect the home from excessive heat gain targeting the windows. The solution captures solar energy, stores it, and uses the captured energy for powering basic lighting and other green appliances. The startup received a special recognition from the Negawatt Challenge for its most original idea.

E-Manager is an online energy efficiency solution accessible from a computer, tablet or smart phone that offers monitoring of electricity demand (kW) and electricity consumption (kWh and $) in real time; targeting and warnings; forecasting of monthly consumption and cost; alerts for consumption out of standard levels;  diagnostics and recommendations on solutions; and automation of remote on and off switching for appliances.

eSAVE is an electricity conservation app. It provides energy audit of buildings on to phones of users to identify where electricity is unintentionally being wasted or overused. It also offers daily tips on how to reduce their electricity consumption. eSave won the Climate CoLab Urban Energy Efficiency contest.

Plugin Pulse: Linking the energy sector using compelling data!  Plugin Pulse provides analytics for engagement and insight, and is focused on utilities and independent power producers. The Plugin Pulse service senses current, analyzes the collected energy data, interacts and queries the data, and engages customers through phone and Internet. 

"What’s been most impressive to me is how closely all their ideas are targeting real local needs,” said Ian Collingwood, COO and Program Director at Startupbootcamp Barcelona, and one of the mentors to the Negawatt Challenge startups. “That’s at the core of what I try to teach startups: Solve a real problem for a customer you know and understand. It’s at the root of all successful businesses. I have no doubt that these teams will go on to be exactly that: successful, sustainable businesses whose founders succeed because of their close connection to their customers."

The Negawatt Challenge emerged as a follow-up activity to analytical work performed by the World Bank’s Transport and Information and Communication Technologies Global Practice and Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). In Ghana and Kenya it was financed by the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund (KGGTF), in Brazil by ESMAP, and in Tanzania – by the World Bank’s Country Office.

More information can be found at www.negawattchallenge.com or www.worldbank.org/ict

This feature story has originally appeared on the World Bank's News webpage: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2015/12/22/winner-of-2015-negawatt-challenge-focuses-on-improving-resource-efficiency

 

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NEGAWATT CHALLENGE CULMINATES AT THE SMART CITY EXPO, GLOBAL WINNER ANNOUNCED

Barcelona, Spain, November 17, 2015The World Bank’s Negawatt Challenge convened winners from local challenge competitions in Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania to compete at the Smart City Expo World Congress. The five teams pitched their hardware and software solutions tackling resource efficiency issues and a global winner - STICLab LTD - was announced.

Throughout the year, in four countries across the globe, the Negawatt Challenge inspired 41 solutions around energy and water (resource) efficiency, supported 16 teams through a targeted boot camp, and accelerated eight startups. Additionally, the Climate CoLab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), provided a virtual platform for the Negawatt challenge, generating 23 proposals from a global community of participants.

“The Sustainable Development Goal #7 on energy is reinforcing the importance of energy efficiency - Negawatt is all about empowering entrepreneurs contribute to achieving these goals,“ say Ms Anna Lerner and Ms Cecilia Paradi-Guilford, World Bank ICT Specialists and co-Task Team Leaders of the Negawatt Challenge.

STICLab LTD is a pre-paid water metering system that performs revenue monitoring, provides security for private water resources and provides data on the water source. It can be operated in two modes: as a Point of Sale, which can either offer mobile money or coin based payment, and as a household pre-paid meter, which offers mobile money payment.

In addition to the global winner STIC Labs, Sun Shade Energy from Ghana was acknowledged as the most original idea. Sun Shade's “Sunspecs” protect the home from excessive heat gain; targeting the window. The solution captures solar energy, stores it and uses the captured energy for powering basic lighting and other green appliances. More information is at http://www.sunshade-energy.com/

The other country-specific winners of the Negawatt Challenge include e-Manager (Brazil), e-Save (Negawatt Virtual Track Winner), and Plugin Pulse (Kenya).

E-Manager is an online efficiency energy solution accessible from computer, tablet and smart phones that does the following: Monitoring: electricity demand in real time (kW) electricity consumption (kWh and $), Targets: targets settings and warnings, Forecasts: monthly consumption and cost, Alerts: for consumption out of standard levels, Diagnostics and Solutions recommendations, Automation: switch on and off appliances remotely. More information could be found at www.e-manager.co

eSAVE is an electricity conservation app. It provides energy audits of buildings onto phones of users to identify where electricity is unintentionally being wasted, overused and with daily fun tips on how to reduce their consumption. 

Plugin Pulse: Linking the energy sector using compelling data!  Plugin Pulse provides analytics for engagement and insight and focused on utilities and independent power producers. A service that senses current, analyzes collected energy data, interacts and queries data and engages customers through phone and internet. More information could be found at http://www.pluginenergy.net/

"It’s been a great few days working with the teams – apart from the sheer pleasure of working with such a smart, open-minded bunch of entrepreneurs, what’s been most impressive to me is how closely all their ideas are targeting real local needs. That’s at the core of what I try to teach startups: Solve a real problem for a customer you know and understand. It’s at the root of all successful businesses,” said Ian Collingwood, COO and Program Director at Startupbootcamp Barcelona Internet of Things and Data Accelerator and one of the mentors to the Negawatt Challenge startups. “I have no doubt that these teams will go on to be exactly that: successful, sustainable businesses whose founders succeed because of their close connection to their customers.  For me it was a privilege to work with them and I'm looking forward to staying in touch and doing business with them over the course of their careers."

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The Negawatt Challenge was an iterative 6-phase process leveraging open innovation and design thinking methodologies and open data.

During the Challenge Definition Day, diverse government and nongovernment stakeholders convened to deliberate on their cities’ most pressing resource efficiency problems, or challenges. At the same time, technology enthusiasts and entrepreneurs gathered for several community meet ups to find out about available approaches and technology to address these challenges. In addition, the World Bank catalyzed expertise to pilot energy open data readiness assessments to surface available data sets that are open or could be made freely accessible for technologists’ use under the Negawatt Challengeand beyond.

The third phase in the process was the Negawatt Weekend, a mix of a “startup weekend” and “ideathon”, where early startups were formed to tackle the city challenges, and the first pitch competition took place. There, a panel of judges selected three to four teams per country into a 3-week boot camp offering a tailored curriculum on business, design, technical and marketing aspects of product development. The criteria guiding the judges throughout this process included value creation, relevance to the challenges, team strength, technical feasibility of the solutions proposed, their financial viability, and originality.

Following the boot camp, two teams completed a several month-long business acceleration program, which helped them develop business pitch decks and early prototypes. The program ended with the Demo Day, which determined the country winner of the Negawatt Challenge, who then represented their city at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2015 at the global pitch event.

The Negawatt Challenge is a global competition empowering communities to innovate around local energy and water issues. Using a multi-phase open innovation methodology, this initiative aims to transform cities into more sustainable places. Cities all over the world have been selected on the basis of their governments' commitment to energy efficiency and low carbon growth, as well as the existence of dynamic and growing entrepreneurial and technology sectors. Focusing on resource efficiency and open data, the Negawatt has been piloted in four cities, including Accra, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, and Rio de Janeiro, and had an online global track on the MIT Climate CoLab platform.

More information can be found at www.negawattchallenge.com

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The global winner of the World Bank’s Negawatt Challenge to be determined at the Smart City Expo World Congress; Startups from Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania to pitch solutions to their local urban challenges

Barcelona, Spain, November 17, 2015The Negawatt Challenge will convene winners of its in-country competitions from Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, as well as the winner of its virtual competition – to compete at the Smart City Expo World Congress. The five teams will pitch their hardware and software solutions tackling resource efficiency issues to a panel of judges, and the global winner will be announced.

The Negawatt Challenge is a global competition empowering communities to innovate around local energy and water issues. Using a multi-phase open innovation methodology, this initiative aims to transform cities into more sustainable places. Cities all over the world have been selected on the basis of their governments' commitment to energy efficiency and low carbon growth, as well as the existence of dynamic and growing entrepreneurial and technology sectors. Focusing on resource efficiency and open data, the Negawatt has been piloted in four cities, including Accra, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, and Rio de Janeiro, and had an online global track on the MIT Climate CoLab platform.

Interviews with the startups, business acceleration partners and tech innovation community managers, participating in the Negawatt Challenge, can be arranged upon request.

What: This is a two-stage pitching event, which includes the Demo Session (startups pitch on stage) as well as the Keynote and Pitching Session (startups pitch on stage and global winner announced).

Who: The World Bank’s Transport and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Global Practice, in partnership with the Smart City Expo World Congress, and local implementing partners from Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania.

  When: Demo Session: Nov. 17, 9.30-11.00, and Keynote and Pitching Session: Nov. 17, 16.00-17.00.

  Where: Congress Area, Room #4, Fira de Barcelona – Gran Via venue, Barcelona.

The Negawatt Challenge for Energy Efficiency is a World Bank’s technical assistance activity financed in Ghana and Kenya through the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund, in Brazil through the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, and in Tanzania through the World Bank’s Country Office.

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ONLINE WEBINAR: NEGAWATT CHALLENGE - TURNING URBAN CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIEs

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Click HERE to listen to the podcasts by Eloisa Acha, Planet NI Program Director and by Alison Roadburg, Program Manager, iSpace Foundation.

The percentage of the world’s population that lives in cities is rising, approaching 70 percent by 2050. Rapid urbanization – particularly among the growing middle class in many low-income and emerging economies – is changing the traditional dynamics of energy systems and supply globally. Green growth strategies can help economies and societies become more resilient as they work to meet demand for food production, transport, housing, energy, and water. For example, lighting and cooling of buildings already make up half of global energy use, and by 2030 building-related GHG emissions are set to double, with emerging markets contributing the majority of emissions. Energy efficiency is widely recognized as one of the most effective ways to combat climate change while meeting rising energy demand. Information and communication technology (ICT) is an important driver for clean-tech and green growth. It enables the collection and processing of immense volumes of data that can be used for improved urban systems and new business models. It also allows developing countries to adapt successfully tested international solutions to their local needs, which can help them leapfrog and develop domestic clean technology markets. 

The Negawatt Challenge taps into local and global talent to identify hardware and software solutions that can reduce urban energy use, improve quality of service delivery in energy sectors, generate new or improved data, and offer cost-efficient energy management tools for city residents and policymakers. In its first stage, focusing on resource efficiency and open data, the Negawatt has been piloted in four cities globally, including Accra, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, and Rio de Janeiro. It aims to use an open innovation competition methodology to surface technology and business innovations that catalyze behavioral change and have the potential to transform cities into more sustainable and efficient places. 
 

Negawatt Accra Final Demo Day

Team Sun Shade energy wins the negawatt accra challenge

The Negawatt Challenge kicked off at iSpace in March, with an ideation weekend, where 14 eager teams pitched their ideas to an audience of 70, and 5 distinguished judges. Four teams were selected to continue on in the process, and entered into a 3-month, tailor made bootcamp to help refine and develop their ideas into viable products. The teams were matched with experienced mentors to help guide their process, and provide the necessary feedback and assistance along the way. These four teams pitched at Demo Day in June, where the final two teams were selected for a 3-month acceleration program, organized by Growth Mosaic. On Tuesday, Sept 22nd these two teams, Team ASOR and Team Sun Shade Energy pitched once again, for the title of Negawatt Accra city winner!

The two teams had 6 minutes to present their pitch, and the judges had 10 minutes for Q&A. Watching the progression of the ideas developed at Negawatt Weekend in March, to the professional pitches and demos on the final demo day was incredible! The final pitches were eloquently refined, and the demos were captivating.

Team ASOR presented their real-time SMS messaging of areas of town that experienced electricity cuts, and Team Sun Shade Energy had a full prototype of their solar-panelled cooling system. After much deliberation, the judges came to the conclusion that Team Sun Shade Energy qualified to represent Accra at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona in November. 

Team Sun Shade energy has been energetic, innovative, truly committed and thought-provoking from day one. They developed a product that is designed to protect the home from excessive heat by blocking the sun’s rays and its ultraviolet radiation. The system captures solar energy with the shade and stores that energy. It uses the captured energy for basic lighting and in the future, powering green appliances like a fan and a fridge.

 We are excited to have Team Sun Shade Energy represent Accra in Barcelona at the Smart City Expo, and we have no doubt that they will make us proud! 

Huge Congratulations Team Sun Shade - Sherrie Thompson, Adjoshoroghene Ojiyovwi & Andrew Etwire!

More info on Sun Shade Energy can be found here.

From L to R: Fiifi Baidoo (iSpace co-founder and judge), Wayne Miranda (Growth Mosaic Founder), Lydia Sackey (Budget Director for AMA & judge), Team SUN SHADE (AJ Ojiyovwi, Sherrie Thompson & Andrew Etwire), Alison Roadburg (iSpace Programs Manager) & Joseph Danquah (CEO Yougora & judge).

From L to R: Fiifi Baidoo (iSpace co-founder and judge), Wayne Miranda (Growth Mosaic Founder), Lydia Sackey (Budget Director for AMA & judge), Team SUN SHADE (AJ Ojiyovwi, Sherrie Thompson & Andrew Etwire), Alison Roadburg (iSpace Programs Manager) & Joseph Danquah (CEO Yougora & judge).

 

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About the speakers  

Lydia E. A. Sackey-Addy has over 25 years of Public Sector Management and Local Government experience in Ghana. She is very conversant with Ghana’s decentralization and Local Government reforms through her long experience in working in Ghana’s Local government Sector as a Budget Officer in Ga East, Ga West, Ga South. Currently she is the Director of Budget and Rating for the City of Accra. 

She coordinated the Millennium Cities Initiative Project and currently co-ordinates the Resilient Cities Initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Apart from working for the Local Government Sector, she has been working in her private capacity as a consultant in Local Economic Development and Gender issues. 

Her technical expertise includes Capacity Building, Budgeting and Planning, advocacy, participatory methods, public education, building capacities of community based organizations, monitoring and evaluation, building resilience, financial administration and Gender issues in Local Government. 

Ms. Sackey-Addy’s active involvement in local level programs has strongly established her experience in working with local citizens as well as local level development institutions including civil society organization and District Assemblies in Ghana. 

Dr. Flávia Carloni is Consultant for the World Bank Environment Unit - Sustainable Development Network and Rio leading contact point for all matters regarding CDP, C40 research and measurement and planning networks. In this position, she supports in the design and implementation of the Low Carbon City Development Program in Rio de Janeiro, including assistance in data collection (CDP), coordination with local institutions and technical advisory to the City Hall. She is also a Research fellow at the Federal Engineering Faculty (COPPE/UFRJ) Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment (Centro Clima), where she focuses on future trends in technologies and mitigation practices, potential costs of technological options appropriate to the Brazilian scenario, emission inventories, scenarios and action plans. 

Dr. Flávia Carloni obtained PhD in Energy and Environmental Planning at COPPE, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Prior to that she graduated in Oceanography from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (2002) and obtained Master in Environmental Science, at Fluminense Federal University (2005). Previously, Flavia worked as a consultant for various institutions such as PNUD, Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (MCTI), Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Thomson Reuters Point Carbon and Brazilian Panel on Climate Change. Her activities covered the field of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, Urban Development Co-Benefits Approach, GHG emissions allowances allocation, and Global Climate Change Mitigation. 

Eloisa Acha is responsible for the strategic direction and global operations of the Planet NI Program. The program is part of NI’s shared-value approach to market development and expansion into emerging countries. She coordinates cross-functional and distributed teams executing the program’s activities in developing countries looking to drive adoption of NI’s technologies by young entrepreneurs and engineers in start-ups and SMEs. She is responsible for strategic partnerships with global development organizations including USAID and the World Bank and local stakeholders in Government and Academia. She is co-founder of the program and is co-chair of the Planet NI Board of Advisors. 

Prior to this role, Eloisa worked as Marketing Manager for Latin America and International Marketing Manager for Asia/Rest of World. Eloisa holds a bachelors degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Tec de Monterrey in Mexico. 

About the moderator

Cecilia P. Guilford is an ICT Innovation Specialist at the World Bank, focusing on boosting technology-enabled innovation ecosystems and enhancing demand-driven skills development for employment and entrepreneurship in urban settings. 

She analyzes how technology advances affect jobs and labor markets; designs and manages activities and strategies and advises on policy to apply cross-cutting information and communication technologies, data and open innovation methodologies to increase entrepreneurship, jobs and the competitiveness of countries and cities, and to strengthen the capacity of government and non-government change agents to collectively solve development challenges for sustainable development and green growth. 

She works globally, concentrating primarily on the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Cecilia has prior experience in finance and consulting - including MSME development and entrepreneurship - and political risk analysis in the Middle East and Africa.

 

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The iSpace Foundation & Growth Mosaic will host the Final Negawatt Demo Day as partners to the World Bank’s Negawatt Challenge.

Accra, Ghana, September 22, 2015The iSpace Foundation and Growth Mosaic with co-host “The Negawatt Accra Final Demo Day” for the community to learn about the overall challenge competition, the two phases, reflections from participants and judges, and the event will end with the final two teams pitching for the chance to be named the Accra city winner, and a trip to Barcelona to participate in the Smart City Expo and Study Tour.

The iSpace Foundation will organize this meetup through its partnership with the World Bank’s Accra Negawatt Challenge, a technical assistance activity which consists of an international competition and community engagement program empowering communities around the world to innovate around urban energy issues. As part of the ongoing partnership, the iSpace Foundation will organize a total of six monthly meetups on the topics dedicated to energy efficiency and green growth from August through December 2015.

In addition to Ghana, the Negawatt Challenge is also unfolding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nairobi, Kenya; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

 What: Final Negawatt Accra Demo Day to reveal the final winner of the overall challenge competition.

 Where: The iSpace Foundation, Osu, Accra, Directions and map here.

 When: Tuesday, September 22nd, 6:00-7:30PM

 The iSpace Foundation is a co-working tech and creative hub for startups, innovators, social entrepreneurs, creators, developers, technologists, designers and change makers in Accra, Ghana. Founded in 2013, iSpace fills an incredible gap in the ecosystem by providing an open environment where community, talent, management, entrepreneurship, business mentorship and research meet to join forces and innovate, while facilitating the connection of great minds, ideas and talent.

Growth Mosaic is a social-purpose business preparing small and growing businesses to access and manage growth investment. We reduce execution risks and improve the viability of our clients as investible opportunities. This enables our clients to attract growth investment as well as improves deal flow for investors.

 The Negawatt Challenge for Energy Efficiency is a World Bank’s technical assistance activity financed in Ghana and Kenya through the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund, in Brazil through the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, and in Tanzania through the World Bank’s Country Office. Using a multi-phase open innovation methodology, this initiative aims to transform cities into more sustainable and energy efficient places. Cities all over the world have been selected on the basis of their governments’ commitment to energy efficiency and low carbon growth, as well as the existence of dynamic and growing entrepreneurial and technology sectors. 



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 The iSpace Foundation will host the first of its six energy efficiency and green growth meetups as a partner to the World Bank’s Negawatt Challenge: “The Dumsor Report: A Panel Discussion on the Report and its Implications”

Accra, Ghana, August 25, 2015The iSpace Foundation will hold a community meetup “The Dumsor Report: A Panel Discussion on the Report and its Implications” for technologists, entrepreneurs, energy specialists, and others interested in learning about the recently published Dumsor Report, which provides evidence on some of the effects of the electricity cuts in Accra. The creator of the report, Kobina Aidoo, will be on the panel of speakers, and energy sector experts are invited as discussants. .

The iSpace Foundation will organize this meetup through its partnership with the World Bank’s Accra Negawatt Challenge, a technical assistance activity which consists of an international competition and community engagement program empowering communities around the world to innovate around urban energy issues. As part of the ongoing partnership, the iSpace Foundation will organize a total of six monthly meetups on the topics dedicated to energy efficiency and green growth from August through December 2015.

In addition to Ghana, the Negawatt Challenge is also unfolding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nairobi, Kenya; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

 What: A meetup to discuss the Dumsor Report and its implications for the tech innovation community of Accra.

Where: The iSpace Foundation, Osu, Accra. Directions and map here.

When: Tuesday, August 25th, 6:30-8:00PM

 The iSpace Foundation is a co-working tech and creative hub for startups, innovators, social entrepreneurs, creators, developers, technologists, designers and change makers in Accra, Ghana. Founded in 2013, iSpace fills an incredible gap in the ecosystem by providing an open environment where community, talent, management, entrepreneurship, business mentorship and research meet to join forces and innovate, while facilitating the connection of great minds, ideas and talent.

 The Negawatt Challenge for Energy Efficiency is a World Bank’s technical assistance activity financed in Ghana and Kenya through the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund, in Brazil through the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, and in Tanzania through the World Bank’s Country Office. Using a multi-phase open innovation methodology, this initiative aims to transform cities into more sustainable and energy efficient places. Cities all over the world have been selected on the basis of their governments’ commitment to energy efficiency and low carbon growth, as well as the existence of dynamic and growing entrepreneurial and technology sectors.

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Negawatt Challenge video

This video explains how the Negawatt Challenge is reaching its objectives of surfacing innovative and energy efficient solutions in four participating cities: Accra, Ghana; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Nairobi, Kenya; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

dar es salaam negawatt weekend video

Produced by Chris Morgan for the Negawatt Challenge.


NAIROBI NEGAWATT WEEKEND feature story

Negawatt Challenge Sparks Innovation in Nairobi

April 15, 2015

Photo credit: @iBizAfrica-Strathmore University

Photo credit: @iBizAfrica-Strathmore University

Story Highlights

  • In March, more than 80 participants in Nairobi brainstormed to design creative solutions to the city’s energy challenges
  • Nairobi joined the first phase of the Negawatt Challenge along with Accra (Ghana), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • The event aimed to introduce the local community to the range of technological options on the market that could be relevant to the energy sector

Technology solutions have to be created with the user in mind – especially those that aim to address energy efficiency, given the importance of behavior change in altering consumption patterns. This was one of the driving principles behind a recent competition in Nairobi, Kenya.

For a weekend, as part of the Negawatt Challenge, over 80 participants in Nairobi brainstormed to design creative solutions to the city’s energy challenges. The Negawatt Challenge is an international competition methodology pioneered by the World Bank. The objective is to inspire cities across the globe to innovate around urban energy efficiency challenges.

Nairobi joined the first phase of the initiative along with Accra (Ghana), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

All of these cities are rapidly urbanizing and growing capitals where increasing demand for energy is putting additional pressure on public service delivery and reliable access to electricity. Local governments are looking at mainstreaming green growth through energy efficiency as an opportunity,” explained Anna Lerner, a World Bank ICT Innovation and Energy Specialist and co-Task Team Leader of the Negawatt Challenge. “Furthermore, all of these cities have vibrant technology hubs that are home to incredible local talent as evidenced by a number of tech inventions. We want to channel this creativity towards innovation at the intersection of energy and ICT.”

...all of these cities have vibrant technology hubs that are home to incredible local talent as evidenced by a number of tech inventions.
— Anna Lerner, a World Bank co-Task Team Leader of the Negawatt Challenge

In Nairobi, the World Bank has partnered with @iBizAfrica-Strathmore University and *iHub, two Nairobi-based technology hubs that have nurtured local IT talent.

“Don’t create a solution that has no problem,” said Robert Yawe, founder of Quadrantshift Africa, to an audience of engineers, coders and entrepreneurs at the opening of the Nairobi Negawatt Weekend on March 21. The 14 teams who participated in the event have taken this suggestion to heart: while only four made it to the final stage at the close of the weekend, everyone pitched in to help offer solutions for Nairobi’s current and future energy problems.

Don’t create a solution that has no problem
— Robert Yawe, founder of Quadrantshift Africa

Spearheaded by the World Bank, the consortium of partners delivered two events in order to lay the groundwork for the Negawatt Weekend. The first event was an informal energy-focused meetup delivered in partnership with IBM Research Africa. The meetup was attended by over 120 participants. Its objective was to introduce the local community to the range of technological options on the market that could be relevant to the energy sector.

The second event was a collaborative workshop called Challenge Definition Day. The workshop served as a convener for thought leaders in the energy sector from the municipal government, academia, and both the public and private sectors. The objective of the Challenge Definition Day was to build consensus and ownership around the city’s energy challenges. Through a set of facilitated exercises, participants co-created specific challenge statements that then served as the basis of the competition held over Negawatt Weekend.  

As a result, 14 challenge statements were identified under the themes of:

  • Energy audits and target recommendations for energy saving;
  • Demand reduction through behavioral change; and
  • Lack of reliable electricity and frequent power outages.

These challenges were then revisited during a second meetup sponsored by National Instruments (NI). The meetup involved a demonstration (by NI and Gearbox) on how to utilize hardware and software technologies to solve relevant urban energy efficiency challenges.

The Negawatt methodology is built upon the notions that the best solutions to existing challenges are the outcomes of informed problem solving and require input from all relevant stakeholders. Solutions are more effective and long lasting if they: leverage access to information and data; foster knowledge sharing and participation among all key stakeholders; provide skills and knowledge building, training, and education; and leverage technology as an enabler. Challenge competitions as a catalyst are an effective way of leveraging local and global talent to work collaboratively toward a shared vision.

The Negawatt Weekend operationalized the statements devised during Challenge Definition Day. On Saturday, participants were introduced to the challenges and the energy efficiency themes, followed by an all-night “hackathon” to beat the Sunday afternoon deadline, when they were required to start presenting their ideas and early prototypes to a panel of eight expert judges.

Over the course of the weekend, participants were guided by expert mentors who advised and coached them on business modeling and technical prototype development, ensuring that the solutions which were surfaced had a unique value proposition, are technically feasible and practically implementable.

The winning teams that advanced to next stage of the competition include Plugin, WattSaver, Angaza and Wezesha Huduma. Here are their ideas:

  • Plugin: Improve energy consumption patterns by collecting data on user’s electricity consumption, which is then relayed to a mobile app that analyzes usage patterns. Problem statement: Lack of personalized energy audit to guide users on tailored energy savings.
  • Angaza (Kiswahili for “illuminate”): Provide a hardware solution that allows usage of solar energy in small bits by many users, instead of provision of a bulk and costly solution to a single user. The device also manages and monitors users’ energy consumption. Problem statement: Existing solar systems are expensive for low-income urban dwellers.
  • Watt Saver: Reduce power consumption by eliminating standby energy losses in fully charged plugged-in gadgets that are not in use at a particular time. These gadgets include phones, cameras, laptops, power banks, Bluetooth devices, and tablets. Problem statement: Energy inefficiencies leading to loss of power through standby energy appliances resulting to high power losses.
  • Wezesha Huduma (Swahili for “enabling service”): Provide biogas and solar energy to slum dwellers at reduced cost by incorporating affordable and efficient technologies that facilitate production, management and distribution of biogas and solar energy. Problem statement: Lack of affordable alternative sources of energy.
Photo credit: @iBizAfrica-Strathmore University

Photo credit: @iBizAfrica-Strathmore University

WHAT COMES NEXT?

Unlike hackathons or other similar challenge competitions, the Negawatt methodology goes beyond the competition event by investing in the creation of a persistent energy-ICT innovation ecosystem. As such, it will provide the four teams with a targeted business, technical, marketing, and communications training for an initial period of four weeks and then continue to strengthen the energy startup community through a series of engagements.

NI and Amazon are two key partners in this undertaking. NI is offering selected teams access to its development tools, technical mentorship and training, as well as providing technical consultation for the teams. They will also supply custom integrated hardware and software solutions for the teams, and will assist them with prototype development.

Amazon will provide the teams with up to US$10,000 worth of credits to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Activate Program, which supports startups with low-cost, easy-to-use infrastructure needed to scale and grow their businesses. 

“Four teams moved to the next round of the Negawatt Challenge competition, but all the teams demonstrated the ability to propose ideas that provide access to data and empower consumers to make smart decisions,” said Rudi Ngnepi, R&D Group Manager at NI and lead for Negawatt Challenge activities in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. “I am thrilled about the potential of these ideas and look forward to supporting technology-based ideas through access to National Instruments' products, training, and engaged technical mentors.” 

After the training, only two out of four teams will proceed to the acceleration phase, which will unfold over the summer. During the acceleration phase, these two teams will be provided with additional training and mentorship worth a total of US$10,000.

This video clip has been produced by @iBizAfrica, Strathmore University. For more details on the Negawatt Challenge please go to www.negawattchallenge.com

The challenge competition will culminate in November 2015, when top winners from each of the Negawatt cities will travel to the Smart City World Expo Congress in Barcelona. There they will meet their peers from the other challenge countries, as well as winners of the Negawatt online competition, which is managed by the MIT Climate CoLab and open to teams worldwide.

The teams will also be introduced to some of the leading Korean expertise in the area of technology development for Green Growth. Teams will then be invited to showcase their solutions to a panel of government representatives from each participating city in order to receive guidance as to whether their solution is scalable in different environments.

In the case of Kenya, @iBizAfrica-Strathmore University and *iHub see Negawatt’s value for Nairobi as critical to establishing energy efficiency as a viable business area for the local IT and technology community. “Little has been done to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation around energy issues faced by Kenya’s cities,” remarked Ms. Gladys Kitony, Programs Manager at *iHub. “The Negawatt challenge is a vital and timely initiative leveraging ICT to tackle local urban energy efficiency challenges.”

The World Bank believes that the Negawatt Challenge, through multi-phase training and mentoring support, can help strengthen the local startup pipeline in participating cities, as well as increase local government support for energy efficiency as an enabler for green growth. The Negawatt Challenge is a methodology directly facilitating engagement between citizens and their government; it helps diffuse innovation in public service delivery by leveraging a competition event to spark new ideas.

The Negawatt Challenge seeks to build on the successes of hackathons and startup weekends by providing long-term investment in participating teams, thereby helping to build thriving communities of urban innovators.

The Negawatt Challenge is organized by the World Bank’s Global Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Practice, in partnership with @iBizAfrica-Strathmore University and *iHub, NI, Amazon, and the MIT Climate CoLab, a project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. The Korean Green Growth Trust Fund has catalyzed the necessary funding to enable the competition in Nairobi and Accra. The World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) has provided funding for Rio de Janeiro and the Tanzania Open Data Initiative in Dar es Salaam.

This feature story has originally appeared on the World Bank's News webpage: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2015/04/15/negawatt-challenge-sparks-innovation-in-nairobi

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NAIROBI NEGAWATT WEEKEND PRESS RELEASE

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MEDIA INVITATION: THE WORLD BANK LAUNCHES THE FIRST NEGAWATT WEEKEND IN NAIROBI 

Nairobi, March 21 & 22nd, 2015 – The World Bank’s Global Information and Communication Technologies Practice in partnership with @iBizAfrica-Strathmore University and the iHub hosted the Nairobi Negawatt Weekend. Negawatt Weekend is funded by the Korean Green Growth Trust Fund and is supported by our sponsors and partners including National Instruments (NI), Amazon, and MIT Climate CoLab, a project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. This event is one piece in the Global Negawatt Challenge, a competition pioneered by the World Bank to inspire cities across the globe to innovate around urban energy efficiency challenges.

The competition attracted a diverse mix of individuals, over 80 in number, comprised of engineers, coders, hackers, business experts, aspiring entrepreneurs, and energy specialists - all of them sharing the same vision of solving energy efficiency challenges faced by Nairobi urban residences.  

In total, 14 teams competed to address challenges relating to urban energy efficiency that were defined through the Challenge Definition Day. This collaborative workshop convened a diverse group of stakeholders representing the city’s government, academic, and public and private sectors to identify Nairobi’s most pressing urban energy issues and translate them into concrete, actionable challenge statements. Fourteen challenge statements were identified under the themes of: (i) energy audits and target recommendations for energy saving; (ii) demand reduction through behavioral change; (iii) lack of electricity and power outages.

The Negawatt Weekend marks  a significant milestone in the Negawatt Challenge that is also taking place in three other cities namely Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Accra (Ghana), and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).

To highlight the need for this initiative, Ms Gladys Kitony, Programs Manager at the *iHub and a lead organizer of the Negawatt Challenge in Nairobi, aforesaid: Little has been done to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation around energy issues faced in Kenya’s urban cities. The Negawatt Challenge is therefore a vital and timely initiative leveraging on ICTs to tackle local urban energy efficiency challenges.”

Ms Anna Lerner, ICT Innovation & Energy Specialist, the World Bank and co- Leader of the Negawatt Challenge pointed out,Negawatt is a collaborative initiative that aims to make cities more sustainable and energy efficient places. In Nairobi, we've been encouraged by the sharing of knowledge and data among key stakeholders including Kenya Power, UN-Habitat, IBM Research Africa, and National Instruments. Their contributions have enriched the competition and enabled participants to develop informed, data-driven solutions.”

Of the 14 teams that participated in the competition, four were selected to proceed to the semi – final stage: A three-week intensive boot camp that focuses on mentorship and training in the technical and business aspects of product development. At a later stage, the winning Nairobi team will be flown to Barcelona’s Smart City Expo Congress for a Demo Day to compete against the other city winners from Accra, Rio de Janeiro, and Dar es Salaam as well as online competition winners from MIT Climate CoLab.

Participants of the Nairobi Negawatt Weekend hacked through the night to beat the Sunday afternoon deadline, after which they were required to present their ideas and prototypes to a panel of eight expert judges. Throughout  the participants were guided by expert mentors who advised and coached them on business modeling and developing prototypes that were financially viable, relevant to the challenge statements, with unique value proposition and novel ideas.

On the final day of the challenge, the 14 teams pitched their solutions to the judges. Six teams advanced to the final pitch, out of which the top four teams were selected by the judge bench: Plugin, WattSaver, Angaza and Wezesha Huduma. Their ideas and problem statements were as follows:

1. Plugin

Improve energy consumption patterns by collecting data on user’s electricity consumption and then relaying to a mobile app that provides users with analysis on usage patterns.

Problem statement: Lack of personalized energy audit to guide users on tailored energy savings.

2. Angaza

Provide a hardware solution that allows usage of solar energy in small bits by many users instead of provision of a bulk and costly solution to a single user. The device also manages and monitors users’ energy consumption.

Problem statement: Existing solar systems are expensive for low income urban dwellers.

3. Watt Saver

Reduce power consumption by eliminating standby energy losses in fully charged plugged-in gadgets that are not in use at a particular time. These gadgets include phones, cameras, laptops, power banks, Bluetooth devices, tablets etc.

Problem statement: Energy inefficiencies leading to loss of power through standby energy appliances resulting to high power losses.

4. Wezesha Huduma

Provide biogas and solar energy to slum dwellers at reduced cost by incorporating affordable and efficient technologies that facilitate production, management and distribution of biogas and solar energy.

Problem statement: Lack of affordable alternative sources of energy.

Special guests in attendance included Mr Rudi Ngnepi, R&D Group Manager at NI and Program NI lead for the Negawatt Challenge in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. Additionally,  Mr Tony Nyagah, Co-Founder of Strauss Energy and notable Kenyan entrepreneur was in attendance.

According to Mr Ngnepi, “The future of the innovation ecosystem in Kenya is very bright and promising. As we all know, energy plays a huge role in our daily lives and it has traditionally been challenging to access key information to make conscious decisions to reduce consumption or look at alternative sources. Four teams moved to the next round of the Negawatt Challenge competition, but all the teams demonstrated the ability to propose ideas that provide access to data and empower consumers to make smart decisions. I am thrilled about the potential of these ideas and look forward to supporting technology-based ideas through access to National Instruments' products, training, and engaged technical mentors.” 

Furthermore, Mr Bernard Chiira, Incubation Manager at @iBizAfrica-Strathmore University and Host of the Negawatt Weekend Challenge in Nairobi said, "It was amazing to see the sheer dedication and level of innovation and creativity by the participants and the mentors. I am confident that Nairobi could produce the overall Negawatt Challenge winner. It was a very competitive hackathon and all the solutions presented have great potential to scale and address Nairobi’s most pressing energy efficiency challenges.”

The key international partners to the Negawatt Challenge are NI, Amazon, and MIT Climate CoLab. NI and Amazon are global Terawatt Sponsors of the Negawatt Challenge. NI is offering technical mentorship and training, access to NI’s development tools, and consultation with teams. NI aims to provide custom, integrated hardware and software solutions for the teams so they can build their own inventions in the field of energy efficiency. Amazon is providing Negawatt winners from each city with up to US$10,000 worth of credits to the Amazon AWS Activate Program. Similarly, MIT Climate CoLab is providing a virtual track for participants with the aim of creating a massively open online problem-solving platform to address urban energy efficiency. The iHub and @iBizAfrica are the local implementers of the Nairobi Negawatt Challenge and these Nairobi based technology innovation hubs continue to play significant roles in shaping Kenya’s tech startup scene.

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ACCRA NEGAWATT weekend. PHOTO CREDIT: KOBE SUBRAMANIAM


Accra Negawatt weekend press release


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NEGAWATT WEEKEND SPARKED INNOVATIVE IDEAS TO TACKLE ACCRA’S ENERGY EFFICIENCY CHALLENGES

ACCRA, March 14 & 15, 2015The World Bank’s Global Information and Communication Technologies Practice in partnership with the iSpace Foundation and National Instruments (NI), has organized a two-day Negawatt Weekend aimed at developing the local early startup ecosystem by igniting bottom-up innovation around energy efficiency. The event, which is a mix of a “startup weekend” and “ideathon”, surfaced 14 potential solutions to Accra’s most pressing energy efficiency challenges in public, commercial, and residential buildings.

“It’s a very interesting and educational program in a sense that it brings a number of stakeholders: private sector, public sector, and academia – for us to share ideas and see that responsibility for bringing energy efficiency is not one person’s job,” said Ms Lydia Sackey, Budget Director of Accra Metropolitan Assembly and a lead government counterpart for the Negawatt Challenge technical assistance activity in Ghana.

Ms Cecilia Paradi-Guilford, ICT Innovation Specialist and co-Task Team Leader of the Negawatt Challenge explains the remit of the competition: Accra is currently experiencing an energy crisis but this is not unique to this city; many rapidly urbanizing cities in Africa and elsewhere are experiencing a similar challenge. Energy efficiency can play a great role to help save energy in these cities on a household level and beyond. The Negawatt Challenge links Accra to Nairobi as well as Dar es Salaam and Rio de Janeiro in the quest to address this common challenge, and aims to contribute towards energy efficient interventions by engaging local startup and technology communities as entrepreneurial problem solvers. As experience in other countries shows, technologists and entrepreneurs are capable of creating lean, innovative, and inclusive approaches and tools to increase urban energy efficiency for their own communities and others.”

14 teams took part in the event out of whom four teams were selected by a panel of judges into a 3-week boot camp offering a tailored curriculum on business, design, technical and marketing aspects of product development. At a later stage, two teams with the most viable solutions will enter into an acceleration program offering hands-on training, mentorship, peer-to-peer networking which will allow them to compete internationally with other winning teams from Negawatt participating cities: Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, and Rio de Janeiro. 

Overall, the event attracted over 70 makers, hackers, coders, aspiring entrepreneurs, and energy specialists who were tasked to tackle one of the six “challenges” on energy efficiency in the buildings sector under the following themes: (i) energy audits; (ii) demand side management; (iii) building an energy data ecosystem; (iv) financing energy efficiency projects; (v) building insulation; (vi) efficiency of appliances.

The winning teams include Asor, Flip, Sun Shade, and WI.

Asor focuses on demand side management offering a hardware and software solution allowing consumers to estimate power needs of home appliances and to track in real time their electricity consumption status and that of their neighborhood.

Flip focuses on demand side management of energy by introducing an energy-saving and time-controlled switch for street lighting and commercial lighting in buildings.

Sun Shade focuses on strengthening building insulation by offering an upgrade of a conventional shading system whereby it would absorb sun energy and reuse it to power lighting and, in the future, appliances.

WI focuses on strengthening building insulation by offering a turbines cool housing unit by a process known as air exchange.

"A critical piece in driving efficiencies is empowering stakeholders to access key information from all the pieces of the electrical grid. National Instruments, a global leader providing powerful and flexible solutions that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation, is very excited to support innovation in the energy efficiency space in Ghana. We have already seen tremendous practical and impactful ideas, and remain committed to supporting the winning teams through the incubation process,” said Mr Rudi Ngnepi, Group Manager at NI and lead contact for the Negawatt Challenge activities in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania.

"Negawatt Weekend has exposed enormous talent in the local startup ecosystem. Though only 4 teams have been selected for the boot camp, we will be giving all teams a one-month membership to keep the momentum alive, and to continue the hard work they put forth this weekend," said Ms Alison Roadburg, Programs Manager at the iSpace Foundation, Accra-based technology and co-working hub and host of the Negawatt Challenge in Ghana.

The Negawatt Weekend follows the March 2nd Challenge Definition Day, which convened over 40 government and non government stakeholders to deliberate on the most pressing energy efficiency challenges and resulted in actionable input for the Negawatt Weekend participants. The government participants included a number of decision makers and technical level specialists from Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Electricity Company of Ghana, GRIDCo, Energy Commission, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

The Negawatt Challenge is an international competition that aims to convene and empower communities around the world to innovate around urban energy efficiency issues. In addition to Accra in Ghana, the World Bank is organizing a Negawatt Challenge competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nairobi, Kenya; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. NI is global Terrawatt Sponsor of the Negawatt Challenge, and is offering technical mentorship and training, access to NI’s development tools, and consultation with teams. NI aims to provide custom, integrated hardware and software solutions for the teams so they can build their own inventions in the field of energy efficiency. Similarly, the MIT Climate CoLab is providing an online virtual platform for participants and will host a “virtual track” to the competition that will be open to the global community regardless of location. To implement the Accra chapter of the competition the iSpace Foundation enlisted other local organizations such as the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), HubAccra, and others.

More information can be found at www.negawattchallenge.com

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Accra Negawatt weekend media advisory


FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

The iSpace Foundation: Alison Roadburg, (233) 244-575-306, Alison@ispacegh.com

The World Bank: Kennedy Fosu, (233) 302-214-142, kfosu@worldbank.org

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The World Bank’s Global Information and Communication Technologies Practice and the iSpace Foundation will organize the Negawatt Weekend tackling energy efficiency challenges through innovative and technology-enabled solutions

Accra, Ghana, March 14 & 15, 2015The Negawatt Weekend will convene teams of makers, hackers, coders, aspiring entrepreneurs, and energy specialists to develop innovative ideas for potential hardware and software solutions to address Accra-specific energy efficiency “challenge statements”. The teams will pitch them to a panel of judges and the 3-5 top teams from Accra will go on to receive further support through a boot camp process. The challenges were deliberated by government and non government stakeholders at the Negawatt Challenge Definition Day on March 2. The photo gallery from the event and other media materials are available here: http://www.negawattchallenge.com/media/ 

Accra Negawatt Weekend is part of an international competition - the Negawatt Challenge - empowering communities around the world to innovate around urban energy efficiency issues. In addition to Ghana, the World Bank is organizing a similar competition in Brazil, Kenya, and Tanzania. National Instruments (NI) is a Terrawatt Sponsor of the Negawatt Challenge providing significant financial and in-kind support in all participating cities.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/negawatt-weekend-accra-tickets-16019747496

What:   Negawatt Weekend is a two-day “startup weekend” event merged with ideathon

            Who:    The iSpace Foundation, Global ICT Practice of the World Bank, MEST, HubAccra.

            When:  Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15. 9:00-18:00 on both days

            Where: F618/2 Anumansa, Lokko Streets, 146 X’Borg Estates, Osu, Accra. Directions are here.

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It is not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development.

The iSpace Foundation is a co-working tech and creative hub for startups, innovators, social entrepreneurs, creators, developers, technologists, designers and change makers in Accra, Ghana. Founded in 2013, iSpace fills an incredible gap in the ecosystem by providing an open environment where community, talent, management, entrepreneurship, business mentorship and research meet to join forces and innovate, while facilitating the connection of great minds, ideas and talent.

NI - Since 1976 , NI has made it possible for engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges with powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity, innovation, and drive rapid discovery . Customers from a wide variety of industries - from healthcare to automotive and from consumer electronics to particle physics - use NI’s integrated hardware and software platform to improve the world we live in.

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ACCRA NEGAWATT MEETUP #2 GALLERY: Hardware open House. PHOTO CREDIT: KOBE SUBRAMANIAM

Accra Negawatt meetup media advisory: hardware open house

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The iSpace Foundation: Alison Roadburg, (233) 244-575-306, Alison@ispacegh.com, ispacegh.com

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NI and the iSpace Foundation host “Hardware Open House” showcasing technology for Accra Negawatt participants

Accra, Ghana, March 3, 2015US-based multinational corporation NI and the iSpace Foundation will jointly hold a community meetup for technologists and entrepreneurs interested in integrated hardware and software solutions upon which they can build their own inventions, including in the field of energy efficiency. NI’s technology is used for advanced data acquisition, measurements, control and monitoring by top corporations (NASA, Tata Motors, Schlumberger, Samsung, Duke Energy) and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), alike.

This meetup is organized under the auspices of the World Bank’s Accra Negawatt Challenge Competition, which is part of the international competition - the Negawatt Challenge - empowering communities around the world to innovate around urban energy issues. In addition to Ghana, the Negawatt Challenge is also unfolding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nairobi, Kenya; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

What:    Hardware Open House is the second meetup organized by the iSpace Foundation under the auspices of the      Accra Negawatt Challenge

Who:    NI and the iSpace Foundation, with support from Power World Ltd.

           Where: The iSpace Foundation located in Anumansa Street, Osu, Accra. Driving directions are here.

           When: Tuesday, March 3, 6:30-8:00PM

NI - Since 1976, NI has made it possible for engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges with powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity, innovation, and drive rapid discovery. Customers from a wide variety of industries - from healthcare to automotive and from consumer electronics to particle physics - use NI’s integrated hardware and software platform to improve the world we live in.

The iSpace Foundation is a co-working tech and creative hub for startups, innovators, social entrepreneurs, creators, developers, technologists, designers and change makers in Accra, Ghana. Founded in 2013, iSpace fills an incredible gap in the ecosystem by providing an open environment where community, talent, management, entrepreneurship, business mentorship and research meet to join forces and innovate, while facilitating the connection of great minds, ideas and talent.

Negawatt Challenge is an international competition empowering communities to innovate around local energy issues. Using a multi-phase open innovation methodology, this initiative aims to transform cities into more sustainable and energy efficient places. Cities all over the world have been selected on the basis of their governments’ commitment to energy efficiency and low carbon growth, as well as the existence of dynamic and growing entrepreneurial and technology sectors.

National Instruments is a Terrawatt Sponsor of the Negawatt Challenge providing significant financial and in-kind support in all participating cities: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Accra, Ghana; Nairobi, Kenya; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Accra Negawatt challenge definition day news story from Xinhua news agency

World Bank group launches search for energy efficiency in Ghana

http://www.spyghana.com/world-bank-group-launches-search-for-energy-efficiency-in-ghana/

March 6, 2015

The World Bank Group is partnering with other stakeholders in search of an appropriate innovation for energy efficiency in Ghana‘s capital.

In this connection, it launched here on Monday an initiative dubbed the ‘Negawatt Competition’ with stakeholders converging to deliberate on the most pressing energy efficiency challenges in the city of Accra.
The World Bank is collaborating with iSpace Foundation, a co- working technology and creative hub for start-ups, innovators, social entrepreneurs, creators, developers, technologists, designers and change makers in this initiative.

Negawatt Challenge is an international competition empowering communities to innovate around local energy issues. Using a multi-phase open innovation methodology, this initiative aims to transform cities into more sustainable and energy efficient places. Cities all over the world have been selected on the basis of their governments’ commitment to energy efficiency and low carbon growth, as well as the existence of dynamic and growing entrepreneurial and technology sectors.

The Accra Negawatt opened with the Challenge Definition Day bringing together different groups of government and nongovernment stakeholders to discuss the most pressing energy efficiency issues Accra is facing. Cecilia Guilford, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Specialist at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, told Xinhua that several start-ups, innovators, and students would be assembled on March 14-15 to identify solutions to the challenges identified on Monday.

“These issues are to be addressed through relevant software, hardware, and new business model solutions identified through the Negawatt Weekend on March 14-15 and refined through a special acceleration program for selected teams in March-April,” she explained.

Three to five groups will then be selected to go through an acceleration process which would last for between two and three months where they would prove the viability of their innovations. The finalist to be selected would then join other winners from across the world to showcase their innovations for the global awards.

Source: Xinhua


Xinhua News Agency, Xinhuanet is an important central news service-oriented website, an important information organ of the central government, and an important platform for building up China's online international communication capacity. Established on November 7, 1997, as an online news provider of the Xinhua News Agency, it was officially named Xinhuanet on March 10, 2000 and began around-the-clock news release with leading online public opinion at home and setting a good image of China abroad as its main task.

                                                                                                

ACCRA NEGAWATT Challenge Definition Day GALLERY. PHOTO CREDIT: KOBE SUBRAMANIAM

Accra Negawatt media advisory: the Challenge Definition Day

 

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The World Bank and the iSpace Foundation kick off the Accra Negawatt competition with the Challenge Definition Day

Accra, Ghana, March 2, 2015 – The World Bank and the iSpace Foundation will officially launch the Accra Negawatt, part of the international competition  - the Negawatt Challenge - empowering communities around the world to innovate around urban energy issues. In addition to Ghana, the World Bank is organizing a similar competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nairobi, Kenya; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. National Instruments, or NI, is a global sponsor of the Negawatt Challenge in all four locations.

The Accra Negawatt will start with the Challenge Definition Day convening different groups of government and nongovernment stakeholders to discuss the most pressing energy efficiency issues the City of Accra is facing. These issues are to be addressed through relevant software, hardware, and new business model solutions identified through the Negawatt Weekend on March 14 & 15th and refined through a special acceleration program for selected teams in March-April.  Video footage of the event can be provided upon request.

What: The Challenge Definition Day is an event during which diverse groups of stakeholders will deliberate on the most pressing energy efficiency challenges in the City of Accra

Who: The iSpace Foundation, with support from the World Bank’s Information and Communication Technology Practice, NI, and partner institutions: WeDesign Services consultancy and Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology

         When: Monday, March 2

Negawatt Challenge is an international competition empowering communities to innovate around local energy issues. Using a multi-phase open innovation methodology, this initiative aims to transform cities into more sustainable and energy efficient places. Cities all over the world have been selected on the basis of their governments’ commitment to energy efficiency and low carbon growth, as well as the existence of dynamic and growing entrepreneurial and technology sectors.

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Negawatt Challenge Teaser

 

Accra Negawatt Meetup #1 Gallery. Photo credit: Kobe Subramaniam