about the challenge


about the challenge:

The Lightning Lab Electric Innovation Challenge is New Zealand’s first ever open call for innovation in the electricity sector. 

We need New Zealand’s smartest minds looking to improve the future of electric energy in our lives. You might be an inventor, designer, technologist, scientist, coder, engineer, designer, idea guru, student or startup founder. 


Entries ARE NOW CLOSED



YOUR CHANCE TO WIN :

Your entry will get expert analysis, industry attention and the chance at a finalist spot pitching to the Challenge panel for prizes worth $40,000, with a top prize of $20,000.  Find out How it works.

 

YOUR IDEA FITS HERE : 

Your idea, project, product or innovative take on electricity fits into one of the Innovation Challenge tracks - Consumer / Network / Grid  - Register now for your Challenge Pack with full information on what you need to enter. 

 

ATTEND THE ROADSHOW :  

Hear more about the Challenge and the future of energy from local and international perspectives at the Innovation Challenge Roadshow events on Feb 21-23. 

 
 
 
 
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Potential For Solutions

 

The Innovation Challenge aims to drive new ideas within different areas around the electricity sector. These three challenge tracks have been identified as areas that are ripe for disruption.  Each of the tracks are aligned with the sponsor supporting. 

 
 
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Consumer Solutions

A power shift is occurring around the world as new technology allows consumers greater choice in how they purchase and use electricity.

The Consumer Solutions track focuses on innovation aimed at delivering value and improved utility for residential, commercial or industrial customers by using new consumer technologies.

Examples might include:

  • Data analytics and artificial intelligence to assist consumer decisions
  • Consumer device integration, control and automation systems
  • Peer-to-peer trading platforms
  • User interface and mobile software platforms
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Network Solutions

As solar, storage and electric vehicles become more prevalent utilities are under increasing pressure to adapt and manage fast-changing demands on local networks.

The Network Solutions track focuses on innovation around creating new value for distribution network operations through customer participation, integration and utilisation of distributed energy resources. 

Examples might include:

  • Analysis and incentives for network support services
  • Remote monitoring and management of distributed energy resources.
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The Future Grid

Aging assets, distributed generation and changing demand patterns are making grid maintenance and investment decisions more challenging every day.

The Future Grid track focuses on innovation that can enhance utilities and established generators ability to plan and optimise future investments by considering changing demand patterns and the increasing integration of distributed energy resources. 

Examples might include:

  • Flexible/modular network assets,
  • Remote asset monitoring,
  • Asset analytics and network modelling tools etc. 
 
 

 
 
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MORE INFORMATION ON THE ROAD


HEAR ABOUT THE FUTURE OF ENERGY  - Feb 21st - Feb 23rd

US-based energy experts Helen Edwards and Dave Edwards are in New Zealand for three public events to talk energy innovation as part of the Innovation Challenge. Hear about US energy trends, the acceleration of technology horizons and the outlook for New Zealand. 

Starting her career at Transpower and Meridian, Helen Edwards went on to be Director of Emerging Markets at Pacific Gas and Electric before co-founding Intellegensia.ai with husband Dave. Dave Edwards has worked deep in Silicon Valley with Macromedia and Apple, and done time as a Wall St analyst with Morgan Stanley. More recently he became a leading cleantech investment expert before starting Intelligentsia.ai

 

ROADSHOW - WHERE/WHEN

  • AUCKLAND, Tues 21 Feb
    4.00-6.30pm @ Auckland University, Newmarket Campus. Register here
     
  • CHRISTCHURCH, Weds 22 Feb
    4.00-6.30pm @ Ilex Event Centre, Botanical Gardens. Register here 
     
  • WELLINGTON, Thurs 23 Feb
    4.00-6.30pm @ Te Papa, Cable St. Register here