The World Energy Day (WED) celebrations in Kenya will officially be launched on Monday, October 22, 2018.
WED is observed yearly on October 22 to raise awareness on global energy-related issues.
Locally, Eenovators Limited, the pioneer organizers of WED celebrations, have partnered with the Association of Energy Professionals Eastern Africa (AEPEA) to organise a number of activities geared towards the celebrations.
AEPEA president, Eng Simon Ngure will flag off this year’s celebrations where activities planned include talks in schools on energy, individual and corporate competitions, student innovation challenge and the WED Conference.
WED provides an opportunity for both individuals and organizations to demonstrate social responsibility.
To participate as an organization involves creating a plan with ideas of how to conserve energy both at work and at home.
These ideas may then be implemented during the WED Celebrations period.
The organizations then report their activities in the WED portal and stand a chance to be crowned the Corporate Energy Challenge winners.
Individuals will also not be left behind as they have a chance to participate in an energy challenge dubbed the #Thitima Challenge.
To participate individuals have been asked to: Switch off all appliances, machines, gadgets, lights for 1 min from 12.00 on October 22, 2018, take a selfie of themselves, their friends and their colleagues as evidence and post it on Twitter using the hashtags #ThitimaChallenge #WorldEnergyDayKe2018.
The most creative and retweeted tweet during the WED Week stands to win Sh5000 worth of airtime among other prices.
The weeklong WED Celebrations will culminate with the WED Conference from October 25-26. The conference will bring together key players in the energy sector, as well as visiting speakers from around the globe as well as corporates across various sectors of the economy, from both the public and private space.
Speakers at the conference will come from Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and Dubai to speak on key issues that will shape the future of energy in Africa.
During the conference, the winner of the Student Energy Challenge will be crowned.
The student energy innovation challenge as one of the main activities is planned for students in colleges and universities in aspiration to nurture the next generation of energy enthusiasts.
The eminent panel of judges with business acumen, innovation prowess and energy expertise, will take part in evaluating and ranking the projects.
Prizes that include a 3-month internship, incubation, and commercialization of ideas, shopping vouchers, and holiday experiences and cash prizes are set for the top three projects.