2012 Challenge

Energy Poverty


Energy Poverty

The theme of 2012 was global energy poverty. To combat the issue at grass-root level, university students were challenged to find solutions to challenges faced by 1.3 billion people in the world living in the dark, with the specific mission of eliminating the use of the kerosene lamps in Africa by 2018.



New York University Abu Dhabi

Sunny Money is now the largest seller and distributor of high quality solar lights in Africa, where over 600 million people don’t have access to electricity. Replacing kerosene or paraffin with portable, affordable solar lights saves money, enables more study time, improves health, makes a home safer and saves the environment from harmful black carbon.

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Past challenges

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