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The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Grand Final

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Grand Final will be a suite of online events between 15 – 25 June that brings together university students, leading off-grid companies, and aid agencies. Register for the Grand Final now.

Efficiency for Access, supported by Engineers Without Borders UK, will hold the Grand Final for the inaugural year of the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge online between 15 – 25 June 2020. The Challenge is a global, multi-disciplinary competition that empowers teams of university students to help accelerate clean energy access.

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge invites teams of university students to design affordable and high-performing appliances and supportive technologies for an off-grid context. The Challenge began in September in 2019, with teams from nine universities in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda and the UK. Teams include Durham University, Independent University of Bangladesh, Loughborough University, Makerere University, Strathmore University, Swansea University, University College London, University of Bath and the University of Strathclyde. Students submitted their final projects in April.

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Grand Final will be a suite of online events between 15 – 25 June that brings together university students, leading off-grid companies, and aid agencies. It will comprise three distinct phases: speed networking, pitching sessions, and a Grand Final where winning teams will be announced. In this way, the events will provide ample opportunities for academics, students and off-grid industry specialists to connect

During the speed networking phase, students will take part in one-to-one conversations with representatives from off-grid companies between 15 – 19 June. The speed networking will allow students to learn more about the off-grid appliance industry and companies to connect with top student talent.

On 17 and 19 June, students will present their projects in front of a panel including Steven Hunt, Senior Energy Innovation Advisor, UK Department for International Development, Jeffrey Prins, Head of Portfolio – Renewable Energy at the IKEA Foundation, and Leslie Labruto, Global Head of Energy, Acumen.

The Grand Final will take place online on 25 June. During this event, the panel of judges will award teams with bronze, silver and gold prizes. The event will also showcase students' submissions.

Register here to join the event and celebrate the work of our talented participating teams.