An estimated 9 million Somalis survive every day without access to electricity; approximately 85% of the population. Somalia has one of the world’s highest electricity prices. Electricity is largely produced by diesel generators and some renewable energy.
Smart Energy refers to the intelligent integration of renewable energy sources, efficient distribution and optimal consumption. We believe bringing together talent from inside and outside the energy industry, coders, and finance gurus will get us one step closer to a smarter, cleaner energy future in Somalia We’ve got real challenges for you to hack, bottomless drinks and buffet line and mentors to keep your wheels spinning. Bring yourself, your team and the best ideas
Coders develop software, but successful teams need more than that. We are looking for a mix of software developers, energy experts, data analysis experts, product developers and designers, and finance or project management ninjas.
You can apply as a team or as an individual. We recommend teams of 4-5 with each member bringing different skills to the table. If you are unable to find a team, don’t worry, we have two information sessions before the hackathon to find your partner or team mates.
How to provide the consumers universal access to their energy related data (Eg. Billing,usage and efficiency opportunities)?
How might we design a cost-effective energy audit service with targeted and tailored energy savings recommendations?
How might we deploy innovative software or hardware solution to reduce energy consumption in Mogadishu?
How might we develop an innovative business model to finance available EE appliances in Somalia?
How might we decrease the barriers to obtaining capital for energy efficient projects, target bulk procurement or encourage the development of a P2P lending system for energy efficiency in Somalia
How might we make mobile phone power chargers more accessible, especially during power outages?
How might we incentivize consumers to reduce their electricity consumptions during times of peak demand?
How might we invent and efficiently distribute a low cost electrification solutions to Mogadishu’s IDP population?
How might we leverage ubiquitous mobile phone ownership among IDP residents to create a service model innovation around electricity provision?