Two teams, Plugin and Angaza, have emerged winners at the World Bank’s Negawatt Challenge held in Nairobi.
The teams where selected after a contest at the Negawatt Demo Day, which saw four teams showcase working prototypes of energy efficiency innovations. The Negawatt Demo Day, held on May 30th, was a culmination of the Boot-camp phase of the Negawatt Challenge.
Plugin and Angaza, the winning teams, will now advance to the final stage, The Acceleration, which will focus on development and launch of their products. The three month accelerator program will also provide additional training and mentorship worth a total of US$10,000.
Team plugin showcased the Plugin Pulse, a device that will drive solar energy adoption and provide solar energy providers and other energy data consumers with a myriad of energy usage data across different consumer groups including households, organizations and factories. The team, positioning itself to be the Google Analytics of energy data in Africa is composed of Dr. Winnie Waudo (CEO and clean energy expert), Graham Ingokho (Operations and technology lead), Michael Mugo (CFO), Kelvin Micheni (Lead product development and R&D) and Pharis Kahama (Lead designer user experience).
Team Angaza unveiled a solution to help energy consumers’ move from grid to solar bit by bit. The Angaza Smart Energy Device also promises to help consumers Keep track of consumption reduce monthly utility bill by optimally connecting different home appliances to different energy sources. Starting off with Kshs 15,000 for a Kshs .100,000 system, users will enjoy affordable and stable power supply and smart energy management and monitoring. The team behind this innovation are all young engineering students and include: Phillip Ochola (Team Leader), Frankline Mogoi (User Experience), Clement Nzau (Marketing) and Caroline Njeri (Business Lead).
The overall winner of the Negawatt Challenge will pitch head-to-head at a global event in Barcelona, Spain.
According to organisers, “We want to pass our congratulatory message to the other teams for making it this far! We will continue to engage with you at different levels in the journey towards making your innovations a reality.