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Efficiency for Access Design Challenge 2021-2022

Year three of the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge began in September 2021. This year, there will be 18 universities participating from Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Pakistan, Sweden and the UK.

If your university has already signed up to the competition, you will receive information about your kick-off workshop soon.

From October 2021 to April 2022, there will be weekly webinars or workshops. The webinars will explore topics that are connected with each assessment criterion for the projects. The workshops will help participating students develop their skills in developing a design project. These online events will be scheduled at different days and times to cater for different needs and time zones. The sessions will be recorded and available on our website. However, we strongly recommend that students attend live webinars, as they will provide an excellent opportunity for attendees to interact with the speakers and ask questions.

The Challenge Brief 2021-22

The Challenge Brief is the main guidance document for all students who are participating in the competition. This document provides important background information on 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.

Interactive workspace

Through the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge workspace online workspace on CrowdSolve, participating students will be able to upload your projects and collaborate with the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge community. You will be able to connect with other students and industry experts who are working to design affordable, high performing appliances for people living in off and weak-grid communities in low to middle income countries. This workspace is only accessible to students at one of the participating universities, participating mentors or reviewers.


Concept note:

Although student teams 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 for submitting the concept note is 5 pm GMT, Monday 28 February 2022.

The submission portal and template download can be found here.

Final project:

Your team should submit your project (a 4000-word (maximum) report and a three-minute video) by 5 pm BST, Friday 15 April 2022. You are only required to submit one project per team. The submission portal will open in March 2022.

Prototyping funds

Participating student teams will be able to apply for prototyping funds to develop project ideas. Information about the call for applications will come soon.