The Nairobi Energy Data Challenge

December 1, 2016
December 4, 2016
Nairobi, Kenya
From the project

Energy Data For All

Off/grid energy access point in Kenya

The Nairobi Energy Data Challenge was held in December 2016 and consisted of three events focusing on brainstorming, ideation and learning about data, off-grid energy access and Internet of Things technology.

Event 1

Untangling the Challenges

Date: 1 December 2016
Time: 12.00pm–5.00 pm
Location: iHub UX Lab

Energy service providers, pay-as-you-go technology companies, NGOs, and anyone interested in off-grid energy access and data —jJoin us for an afternoon of brainstorming, ideating and prototyping ways to untangle and address challenges and emerging opportunities around data, technology and off-grid energy access.

Questions include:

  • How might the off-grid energy sector share and use its collective data more effectively, and what would that look like?
  • What opportunities exist for improving communication with energy users about their energy use and payment and how could communication be redesigned to benefit companies and users?
  • How might low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) influence what data is collected from off-grid energy systems and users and how it is used?
  • What are some specific ways that we could better use existing public and private data, data collection systems and / or customer relationships to strengthen the off-grid energy sector while realising holistic development?

Event 2

IoT Workshop with Pycom

Date: 2 December 2016
Time: 11:30am–5.00pm
Location: @iLab Africa, Strathmore University

Inventors, developers, programmers, and all-around tech lovers! Learn about emerging technologies and develop new IoT skills at the IoT Workshop with Pycom (some programming experience recommended). Get to know how Pycom is supporting rapid development and prototyping in the IoT space, and then bring your learning along to brainstorm energy-related IoT applications at the Energy Data Challenge Weekend.

Event 3

Nairobi Energy Data Challenge Weekend

Date: 2–4 Dec
Time: 2 December 2016, 6.00pm–9pm and 3–4 Dec 9.00am–6.00pm
Location: iHub, Ngong Road, Nairobi

Designers, data gurus, energy enthusiasts, techies, makers and more! Put on your brainstorming caps, pull out your creativity and design skills, bring along your interest in tinkering with electronics and IoT, and add anything you know or want to learn about making data meaningful and valuable to people and come to the Energy Data Challenge Weekend. Meet and work alongside University of Edinburgh students and staff as we take on challenges provided by energy service providers, NGOs, tech companies and researchers — and brainstorm, ideate and prototype all kinds of ideas and solutions around off-grid energy access and data.

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