Data? Design? Technology? Internet of Things? Off-grid Energy Access? Pay as You Go Technology? Creating? Imagining?
Then join us for the Nairobi Energy Data Challenge!
Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) and other technologies are opening up new opportunities to collect data about people and about their energy use and payment patterns. The potential to use this data to expand energy access and financial inclusion and to make a wide range of products and services available to a new segment of the population is only beginning to emerge.
We will work on three core challenges:
1. How might we design meaningful ways to create value for energy users by communicating with them about their energy use and payment patterns?
2. How might we design IoT systems that work effectively to improve data collection and transmission for pay-as-you-go and off-grid energy service provision?
3. How might we use pay-as-you-go technology and the data currently collected about energy users to design new ways to provide access to other essential services (health, clean water, etc.)?
The ideas and solutions generated during the event will be shared with companies, NGOs, researchers and other stakeholders, and participants with outstanding ideas will be connected to these organisations to discuss their ideas and how to take them forward.
For any questions or additional information, contact Cat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: this event covers the entire weekend
Friday 2 Dec, 6.00pm-9.00pm: Kick-off - Meet and greet, Presentation of challenges, Team formation
Saturday 3 Dec, 9.00am-6.00pm: Hacking the Challenges - With guidance and advice from mentors and experts in data, design, and social research
Sunday 4 Dec, 9.00am-4.00pm: Hacking the Challenges - Ongoing hacking, Developing ideas and prototypes, Presentations to experts for feedback
Participants will work on challenges in teams. A variety of materials and resources will be provided, including real data on minigrid customers' energy use and payment patterns; short video interviews, probes, and other qualitative and quantitative documentation from research with energy users; IoT devices; a selection of sensors and other devices; data analysis tools; paper and other 'making' materials; computers; and Internet access.
We invite participants to work with each other and their collective imaginations to brainstorm, ideate, analyse, develop, design and prototype new approaches and opportunities for the future of off-grid energy services, data collection and analysis, and use of data for development and the benefit of people and society.