Join university students from around the world by virtually competing in real-world energy challenges and developing potential solutions.
SEA will hold its second annual International Switch Energy Case Competition this October and November, brought to you by Switch Energy Alliance, with additional support from Chuck and Cathy Williamson and the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
Energy poverty affects billions of people around the globe today. This year's International Switch Energy Case Competition will focus on the economic challenges and implications of working to address energy poverty. Students will compete for a prize package worth $25,000 to be split among the finalists with the winning team winning $10,000! Finalists will also have the opportunity to apply for a competitive internship.
Teams of three to four students will choose from a set of scenarios and propose a solution to address energy poverty based on their scenario. The teams will create PDF presentations and a 10-minute video outlining their solutions.
Registration for student teams is now closed! We will be in contact with teams soon. Updates about the Case Competition will also be posted to our Case Competition Facebook Group.
We are looking for energy professionals to volunteer to serve as remote judges and mentors for this year's Case Competition! Sign up here and we will be in contact.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Team registration opens
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Team registration closes
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Competition begins, teams receive scenarios and case packets
Monday, October 18, 2021
Teams must submit scenario of choice
Friday, October 29, 2021
End of preliminary round (deadline to submit)
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Tuesday, November 9, 2021*
Saturday, November 13, 2021*
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.
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.