This March, @iBizAfrica in collaboration with the World Bank and *iHub Nairobi have brought to you the Negawatt Weekend. Negawatt Weekend is part of the Negawatt Challenge, a global competition to empower 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.
What is the Negawatt Weekend?
Negawatt Weekend is a two days hackathon where you will experience what it’s like to create and launch a startup idea to solve local energy efficiency challenges. Participants will form teams and compete with one another to address specific challenge statements about local energy efficiency issues. Together, team members will come up with potential solutions that they refine and pitch in front of a jury.
Who can sign up for the challenge?
Anyone interested in innovating around local energy issues. We are looking for innovators, techies, entrepreneurs, marketers and experts in the area of energy who can come together and form a winning team. To lean if you are Eligible for the Challenge, read our eligibility requirements.
Why Attend Negawatt Weekend?
- You will Create
In just two days you will create and launch a startup idea that addresses an energy efficiency problem in Kenya! You will join a team and come together to work in a limited time frame that will help you to focus on building, measuring and learning, unlike a typical brainstorming. By the end of Negawatt Weekend you will have created a prototype solution to an energy efficiency challenge.
- You will Learn
Negawatt weekend will give you an opportunity to meet new people who have a common interest in developing ground breaking innovation and starup ideas. It will be an opportunity to network and learn from the best innovative brains in the country.
What Next after the Negawatt Weekend?
- You will Advance
The teams with the most promising ideas will be eligible to move on to the next phase (the Negawatt Boootcamp) as semi-finalists, where they will be given the tools to further develop and prototype their proposed solutions.
This will be a one of a kind opportunity to bring your energy efficiency idea into life. The semi-final stage is a 1 month bootcamp period where:
- You will get free incubation for your startup at @iBizAfrica.
- You will be mentored by experts and successful entrepreneurs.
- You will receive tailored training to help you build a robust product and business.
What you need to know
Dates: 21st – 22nd March 2015
Venue: Strathmore University Auditorium and @iBizAfrica Incubation Centre
Time: Saturday 21st March: 8:00 am to overnight
Sunday 22nd March: 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
Don’t be left out. Join the biggest global challenge on Energy Efficiency today! Sign up for the Negawatt Weekend Challenge and remember to share with friends and ask them to sign up!