1. Skills for innovation (#Skills)

To build on its past strengths and successfully adapt for the future, the energy sector will need to access a skilled pool of talent—well-trained engineers, technicians and scientists. How do engineers, technicians and scientists stimulate innovation in the energy sector? How can education systems and businesses develop a broader approach to STEM skills and make related professions more attractive?


2. Diversifying our energy mix (#Diversification)

The world faces two major energy challenges over the next 40 years. The first is to meet rapidly rising demand for energy and the second is to realise this goal while also achieving substantial reductions in carbon emissions. How can technology and innovation help meet these twin challenges? What are the most promising alternative sources of energy- are they viable?



3. Ensuring access to energy in developing countries (#Access)

Affordable, reliable energy is critical to boosting prosperity, health and education. Yet more than 1.5 billion people in the developing world lack access to grid electricity. The problem of energy access has become even more acute because of the increased vulnerability brought about by climate change, the global financial crisis and volatile energy prices. What key policy changes and investments are needed to secure access to energy in developing countries? What are some of the most innovative local approaches that could be rolled out elsewhere?



How will my entry be judged?

  • The competition will reward courageous, bold, collaborative and tech-savvy entries.
  • Entries can consist of an entirely new idea, or of taking an existing initiative and improving it.
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit will evaluate all the nominations and whittle these down to a shortlist.
  • The three finalists and, ultimately, overall winner will be designated by a panel made up of qualified business executives, policymakers and academics.


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