The first ever Negawatt Weekend right here in Nairobi!

You might have heard yourself and others say something like, «It would be nice if someone could find a way to transform cities into more energy efficient places.» At the Negawatt Weekend, you are that someone. If you want to solve that problem and—better yet—build a financially viable company around it, go for it. This an open invitation from the World Bank in partnership with @iBiz Africa, iHub, and National Instruments (NI) to do just that.

The Negawatt Weekend will take place at @iBiz Africa, the tech incubator at the heart of Strathmore University. It marks the third phase in the Negawatt Challenge, an international competition that aims to convene and empower communities around the world to innovate around urban energy efficiency issues.

From March 21st to 22nd, makers, hackers, coders, business experts, and energy efficiency specialists are invited to form teams and compete to address challenges relating to urban energy efficiency. In fast-growing cities like Nairobi, the demand for energy outstrips both total supply and the capacity of the grid to deliver  energy to businesses and households. Blackouts are a typical consequence, and they are costly and dangerous. Energy generation is also often very inefficient. As such, energy efficiency holds a big opportunity for reducing wasted energy resources.

Joining the Negawatt Weekend means leveraging that very opportunity. To give you a head start, last January 29th, a diverse group representing the city’s public and private sectors got together at *iHub and produced these Challenge Briefs.

The two winning teams are awarded the best possible chance to give their ideas legs: a 3-week Bootcamp, both on-site and online, both run in partnership by iHub with Strathmore University. A summer business acceleration program will follow the Demo Day culminating the Bootcamp where only one team out of two will be selected to represent Nairobi at Barcelona’s Smart City Expo Congress. There Nairobi Negawatt finalist team will compete against the other city winners from Accra, Rio de Janeiro, and Dar es Salaam as well as an online competition winner identified through the MIT Climate CoLab contest.