African Utility Week

  • African Utility Week
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Apr 04, 2019
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Initiate! Impact Challenge - we're looking for new talent and new ideas...

14 – 16 May 2019 | CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

The Power and Energy industries are in constant need of new talent and new ideas to encourage the development of ‘out of the box’ strategies to bring about change. If you're a postgraduate student who's about to complete your degree and ready to work in the industry, the Initiate! Impact Challenge can help you with your next career move! This is a brilliant way to share your ideas whilst networking with peers and have access to other utility professionals to put your ideas into practice and gain maximum exposure within a pool of the top power, energy and water decision-makers. 

Initiate! is your chance to learn about career possibilities in the power and energy sector and to use your imagination to power up yourself, your community and your industry.

What is the Initiate! Impact Challenge?

The Initiate! 3-day challenge is for postgraduate students enrolled at Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, the University of Witwatersrand and Strathmore University. Four students will be selected to represent their university to complete a series of challenges where they'll have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the conference and exhibition. They will have to source the opinions and input from a wide variety of experts attending the event, pull ideas from conference sessions and the exhibition floor to enable them to compile their responses and strategies. 

On the last day, students will be invited to our ‘Ideas Pitching Platform’ at the Training and Development workshop, where each team will have 5-10 minutes to pitch their innovation to a prestigious committee of judges.

Why apply to participate in Initiate!?

Not only could your team win R20,000 cash, as a participant you will receive:

  • Paid-for economy flights to and from Cape Town, accommodation and meals

  • Incubate your innovation with our knowledge partner, The Innovation Hub

  • An opportunity to be interviewed by ESI Africa, Africa's leading power and energy journal, where you can showcase your research across Africa and the globe

  • A free pass to African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa valued at R12,500

  • Gain maximum exposure within a pool of the top power, energy and water decision-makers

  • Learn about career opportunities

Make sure you submit your abstract before 15 April 2019

Your chance to win!

Not only will you receive all the amazing benefits as a participant, you could also win R20,000 cash prize for your team!

Do you qualify?

If you are:

  1. A post-graduate student at Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of Witwatersrand or Strathmore University and
  2. Studying Engineering, Business, Energy or IT
  3. Able to thrive in a team setting
  4. Capable of working under time pressure

... then you're a perfect candidate!

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: 15 April 2019

Notification of Acceptance: 22 April 2019

Last day of registration: 29 April 2019

Final Competition: 14-16 May 2019

Entry Process

  1. Submit your individual abstract
  2. Individuals are selected by a AUW and PGAF Advisory Board members
  3. Based on your abstract, you could be selected to be part of your university team
  4. You will be notified on the success of your entry and be informed of your team members by 22 April 2019

How to enter?

Simply complete the submission form with the following information:

  • Abstract Title: What will be the energy of the future?Please motivate your answer. (maximum 500 words)
  • List three learning objectives you would want to take home. (maximum 100 words)
  • Your biography and a photograph 

Experience level of the applicant we want

Some work experience, Graduate, Undergraduate, College / Sixth form, High School