Switch Energy Alliance hosted the International Switch Energy Case Competition Finals live on Facebook. SEA interns Phillip Boltan, Preston Bomchill, and Syed Talha Tirmizi led the event on November 14th.
The Case Competition began with close to 250 teams from 37 different countries. Seven finalist teams competed for $10,000 total in prize money. Each finalist team presented their solutions to reduce energy poverty for a selected country, and then answered a series of questions from the judges during the live final round.
The three judges represented different sectors of the energy industry. Melody Meyer is President of Melody Meyer Energy LLC and Women with Energy LLC, Dr. Rob Stoner is Deputy Director of Science and Technology at the MIT Energy Initiative, and Dr. Gurcan Gulen is Principal at G2 Energy Insights LLC.
Team In The Greens from The University of Texas at Austin won first place with their presentation on Papua New Guinea. Team members Riley Andersen, Zeke Kang, and Satvik Kollurias proposed intensification and extension of on-grid hydropower as well as off-grid solar for community centers and households and off-grid biogas for rural highland regions. Their team mentor was Chris Touhy.
“While this does mark the end of the competition, use what you have learned to make your friends aware of the progress that must be made to rid the world of energy poverty,” Bomchill told participants.
The full recorded live event is available to watch on the Switch Energy Alliance Facebook page.
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