Pioneered by Eenovators Limitedin partnership with AEPEA, World Energy Day was celebrated for the 3rd time in Kenya on 22nd -26th October 2018.
WED Celebrations Launch
The World Energy Day celebrations in Kenya were officially launched on Monday 22nd October 2018, at the Kengen office, RBS Building on the 9th floor. The chief guest at the launch, who flagged off this year’s celebrations, was the James Ngomeli, the managing director of Brands and Beyond and an energy communication expert who owns the magazine Watts Up. Others who spoke during the launch were Warren Ondaje, the Technical Lead at Eenovators, who spoke about the need to have energy conversations in the world today and how World Energy Day celebrations plug in to having people engaged. Michael Kili, the Head of Membership at the Association of Energy Professionals Eastern Africa, spoke of the need to walk the energy efficiency talk by ensuring that our homes and workplaces were energy efficient.
The two-day conference that took place on the 25th and 26th of October 2018 at the Best Western Meridian Hotel, brought together key players in the energy sector, visiting speakers from around the globe as well as corporates and individuals across various sectors of the economy, from both the public and private space. The conference was a success and saw the gathering of industry professionals from the region with an attendance of over 100 delegates. The conference sought create an invigorating space for these discussions amongst different industry players and to share knowledge with a view to yielding sustainable next steps. The conference was flagged off by the president of the Association of Energy Professionals Eastern Africa and had speakers from Uganda, Tanzania, and South Africa speak on key issues that will shape the future of energy in Africa.
WED Student Challenge
The student innovation challenge was officially launched on Friday, 20th July 2018, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, main campus, IPic Building, 2nd Floor, where the AEPEA board secretary, Andy Amadi, officiated the ceremony to officially open the innovation challenge. Representatives from various universities were present during the launch. The launch was attended by more than 100 students. After the launch a panel of judges then assessed the projects submitted by the students and shortlisted seven projects which moved forward to the next stage. The judging criteria was based on the originality, innovativeness, suitability to Kenyan realities and financial/business sense of the projects.
During the conference, the finalist teams had a maximum of 10 minutes each to present their project to a panel of judges and all the conference attendees. The judges brought their years of energy experience both in industry and having worked with young people to the table towards ensuring the criteria was holistic. The winning team, ‘All Fresh”, got to walk away with a cash prize, holiday trip for two and mentorship opportunities. The first runners up was awarded a cash prize and mentorship and finally the 2nd runners up also got to walk away with a cash prize. All the students who participated got certificates and will be provided with mentorship opportunities to help them develop their innovative concepts further.
WED Thitima Challenge
Individuals were not be left behind in the World Energy Day celebrations as they have a chance to participate in an energy challenge dubbed the #Thitima Challenge. To participate individuals were asked to: Switch off all appliances, machines, gadgets, lights for 1 min from 12.00 on 22nd October 2018, take a selfie of themselves, their friends and their colleagues as evidence and post it on Twitter using the hashtags #ThitimaChallenge #WorldEnergyDayKe2018. The most creative and retweeted tweet during the World Energy Day Week would stand to win 5000/- worth of airtime and other exclusive prices. After analysis, the winner, @KenyanMusik, was announced on Twitter and awarded.