ABOUT THE CHALLENGE:
One person in five on the planet still lacks access to modern electricity. Twice that number- 3 billion people- rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating. Nearly 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation. In a global economy, this is inequitable – and unsustainable.
The United Nations Foundation in an attempt to mobilize clean efficient energy access for all has declared 2012 as the year of 'Sustainable Energy for All'. Energy 'transforms lives, economies and the planet'- and we, at SELCO, believe the key to ensuring and enabling 'access to all’ is Innovation.
In the spirit of contributing towards positive change and sustainable interventions, SELCO is organizing the 'Sustainable Energy Challenge' primarily for university level students to gain a better perspective on developmental issues and the realities of providing need based solutions.
This unique design challenge which will bring together students from different fields to work on a socially relevant project that falls under the umbrella of renewable energy and sustainability. The winning team(s) will have the opportunity to take their project forward and implement it on the ground through the SELCO Labs.
The SELCO team will hold Induction sessions in colleges across Bangalore during the month of July to discuss ground-level issues of energy access in general and the challenge in particular. Various phases of the challenge will take place over the period of 4 months, culminating in the Final conference- where a panel of esteemed judges from the Social sector and the Energy space will announce the winning teams.
SELCO encourages students to form interdisciplinary teams to ensure more holistic ideas. This Facebook page provides interested students with a platform to interact and share their ideas and opinions on the issue of Sustainable Energy.
Please watch this space for updates on the official website for the challenge, dates and venues for the orientation sessions.
What is the Timeline?
1. Talks and interactive sessions:
> (August 4th, Saturday) St. Joseph's College of Arts and Science
> (August 11th, Saturday) Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering
> (August 18th, Saturday) M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology
2. Deadline for Registrations and draft proposal submission: (September 8th)
3. Mentorship and feedback from Experts for Short-listed teams.
4. Deadline for submission of Final deliverables: (October 5th)
5. Final conference and presentations: (last week of October)
Q. What are the deliverables?
1.PDF poster of the concept
2.Power Point Presentation on the project
3.Visual Representation of how the concept works (Storyboard)
4.Word file (with further details if necessary) *optional
Q. Will we get participation certificates?
Yes, all the teams who send in the deliverables will get an official SEC Participation Certificate.
The 10 teams that make it to the final get a distinct “outstanding entry” certificate and a chance to present to, interact with and get feedback from an esteemed panel of judges, which includes practitioners and leaders from relevant fields.
Q. What are the different categories of winning??
The final 3 projects chosen by the judges will be in the following categories:
> Best in Class: Innovation - For the solution with the newest / most original idea
> Best in Class: Holistic - For the solution that is most community inclusive & well constructed
> Best in Class: Functional Availability - For the solution that is practically feasible and simple enough to implement at the earliest.
They will be eligible for the cash prize, SEC memento, “winning concept” certificate and a chance to take their project to the next level. These teams have a shot at getting full funding and support from SELCO Foundation.