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Efficiency for Access Design Challenge 2020– 2021


Year Two of the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge begins in September 2020. This year, there will be 17 universities participating from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda and the UK. If your university has already signed up, you will receive information about your kick-off workshop soon. The Technical Webinar Week will commence on 26 October 2020.

The Challenge Brief 2020-21

The Challenge Brief is the guiding document for all students participating in the competition. You will find information about the context of the off-grid appliance sector, the scope of the competition, examples of different technologies, key dates, student support and the assessment framework. Read it here.

Student Forum

Through the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Forum, you will be able to contact other students currently participating in the Challenge, as well as students who participated last year. This platform allows you to ask questions, collaborate, and share ideas with students from participating universities. You will be able to connect with students working at the forefront of energy access, by designing affordable, high performing appliances for people living in countries with limited or no access to the grid.

If you are a student at one of the participating universities, you can access the Forum here once you have created your own account.

Submission links

Your team should submit a concept note at any point from September onwards. We encourage you to submit your concept note within a month of the kick-off workshop. The deadline to submit the concept note is Sunday 28 February 2021. The submission portal will be accessible soon.

Your team should submit your project - a 4000-word (maximum) report and a three-minute video by Friday 16 April 2021. The submission portal will be open after the concept note submission deadline.