On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March, @iBizAfrica together with *iHub hosted the Negawatt Weekend challenge. The event was attended by over 70 participants who had registered to take part in the challenge and develop solutions that would solve energy problems in their community. The participants then divided themselves into 13 teams and worked tirelessly to come up with the best solution that would make them proceed to the next step in the Negawatt challenge.
The challenge allowed the participants to code through the night as they had to finish up the prototypes by Sunday 2pm (EAT) and present them to the panel of judges. Throughout the process, the participants were guided by various coaches who advised and guided them on the best way they would develop practical solutions.
At the end of the challenge, the 13 teams presented their prototypes and were then shortlisted to 6 teams who later presented their solutions again to the judges. It was from this that the final winners of the challenge were announced:-
- PlugIin – Winner
- Watt Saver – 1st Runners Up
- Angaza- 2nd Runners Up
- Wezesha Huduma – 3rd Runners Up
What Next after the weekend challenge??
Accelerate: Negawatt Bootcamp Series
No project is ever fully ready after a single weekend of prototyping. To give each of the semi-finalists the best possible chance to give their ideas legs, the winners of the Negawatt Weekend Challenge go through an intense three week Bootcamp curriculum that includes training and coaching, both on-site and online. The Bootcamp will take place @IbizAfrica and we shall provide maximum support in terms of resources to the finalist so that their prototypes are fully developed to great solutions. The program features trainers and mentors handpicked from Nairobi and the international tech scene. The teams will then be flown to Barcelona’s Smart City Expo Congress for D-Day (Demo Day, that is) to compete against the other city winners from Accra, Rio de Janeiro, and Dar es Salaam as well as online competition winners from the Climate CoLab of MIT. The Negawatt Weekend winners will represent Nairobi as they pitch to mayors from all across the world in this finale.
We want to thank all those who took their time to come for the challenge and work overnight to develop their prototypes. Your efforts are indeed very much appreciated. We are also grateful for our coaches who took time to guide the participants. To our judges who helped us in crowning the best teams, Asante sana.
To our sponsors and partners: The World bank, The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), Korea Green Growth Partnership ,National Instrument, Climate CoLab and Amazon, thank you so much for coming up with the challenge and for sponsoring all the activities.
For more details on the Negawatt challenge, kindly access it here.