Join university students from around the world by virtually competing in real-world energy challenges and developing potential solutions.
SEA will hold its third annual International Switch Energy Case Competition this October and November, brought to you by Switch Energy Alliance and supported by SEMPRA and the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering at UT Austin.
Energy poverty affects billions of people around the globe today. Teams of three to four students will choose from a set of scenarios and propose a solution to address energy poverty based on their chosen scenario, which will then be summarized in a PDF presentation and a 10-minute video. Students will compete for a prize package worth $25,000 to be split among the finalists with the winning team receiving $10,000! Finalists will also have the opportunity to apply for a competitive internship at SEA.
Student Team Registration
Self-formed teams of 3-4 university students will participate virtually to identify solutions to some of the world's most pressing energy challenges. Students can be from the same school or different schools, but at least two students on each team must be undergraduate students (bachelor's candidates); remaining team member(s) can be graduate student(s) (MS or PhD candidates). All students must be currently enrolled at a college or university and may be pursuing any major.
This year students will also have the opportunity to compete in our new "Social Media Contest" which will track participant activity on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram. The competition will be conducted in three stages, each of which will have individual winners who will receive a cash prize of $100. Additional details and competition rules will be included in the Case Packets that will be distributed on October 3rd.
Online student team registration is now open and will close on September 23rd.
Mentors and Judges
We are looking for energy professionals to volunteer to serve as remote judges and mentors for this year's Case Competition! Mentors must be available to meet virtually with their assigned team(s) once a week between October 10th and October 30th. Judges will virtually review and score PowerPoint and video presentations prepared by the student teams to determine winners in the Preliminary, Semifinal, and Final rounds between October 30th and November 11th. No travel is necessary to serve as either a Mentor or Judge.
Online registration for Mentors and Judges is now open and will close on October 9th.
September 1, 2022
Team registration opens
September 23, 2022
Team registration closes
October 3, 2022
Competition begins, teams receive scenarios and case packets
October 9, 2022
Teams must submit scenario of choice
October 30, 2022
End of preliminary round (deadline to submit)
November 4, 2022
November 8, 2022*
November 12, 2022*
Finals Round, broadcast live
*dates subject to adjustment depending on level of participation and need for additional rounds of judging
About the Competition
The International Switch Energy Case Competition will challenge and make you think critically about how the world can transition to a sustainable, equitable energy future.
Join university students from around the world as your team competes for cash prizes.
You do not need to have technical experience or knowledge. Instead, the Case Competition places a premium on multidisciplinary solutions.
The Case Competition is appropriate for students pursuing any academic discipline.
There is no entry fee. Students may form teams on their own or universities may assist with putting teams together.
The second annual International Switch Energy Case Competition was brought to you by Switch Energy Alliance with additional support from Chuck & Cathy Williamson and the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
SEA is assisting the Venezuelan American Petroleum Association with an energy case competition called Venezuela – Energy Solutions for the Future.
This competition was brought to you by Switch Energy Alliance and the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
University students form teams of 3-4 members and submit a team registration online.
Teams that have registered receive the prompt and the case packet and begin creating PowerPoint and a 10-minute video presentations supporting their proposed solutions.
Teams then submit their PowerPoint and video presentations. A panel of judges review the presentations and pick the top teams to compete in the Finals.
The top teams virtually compete in the Finals via a live video conferencing format shown throughout the world.
The finalists are featured on SEA's website, newsletter and social media channels. The total prize money is split among the finalists.