Innovation Lab 2019

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The ‘innovation lab’ is a non-traditional workshop format wherein participants focus more on what they want to do next and how they might work together rather than on sharing past results. Deep discussions in small groups are a feature, and we avoid ‘death by powerpoint’. These are invite-only events that feature a highly diverse set of participants (expertise, nationality, age, gender, etc.). The 2019 event represents our second full-scale innovation lab.

Themes & Objectives

This event will bring together experts and practitioners in the field of energy access for the purpose of developing new insights on the delivery of affordable energy services in regions with limited access to electricity. The objective of the lab is to identify how delivery of a range of specific energy services can help spur local economic development and social value creation. 

We aim to produce a set of working papers that outline follow-up activities which advance off-grid energy innovation to support key end user needs/energy services, including:  

1. Business services

2. Agriculture 

3.Electric cooking

4. Electric mobility

5. Education & public health

6. Clean water access 

7. Communications & entertainment

8. Heating & cooling


Participants will work collaboratively to identify best practices, barriers to implementation of sustainable energy projects and enterprises, and to scope follow-up activities that will advance knowledge. Participants will form teams, and discuss partnership requirements and potential sources of funding to support research and other follow-up activities.

The lab will also be a place for enjoyable networking, allowing new collaborations to emerge organically between participants.

Event Details

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Wednesday June 19 to Friday June 21, 2019

The Balsillie School of International Affairs

Waterloo, Ontario Canada


Participant Profile

  • Energy access experts from various academic disciplines 
  • Micro-grid developers and development institutions involved in electrification projects
  • Rural economics and inclusive business development experts
  • Individuals with extensive energy sector experience in the Global South

Public Event

On Wednesday June 19th a public event will be held, featuring innovation lab participants discussing cleantech entrepreneurship in Africa. This event is also a part of the TrueNorth Festival, the largest annual gathering of tech leaders in Canada's technology triangle.

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Setting the Stage for Collaboration and Co-Defining Challenges

8:15 AM

Breakfast

9:00 AM

Welcome [Jatin Nathwani, Nigel Moore]

9:30 AM

Roundtable Discussions: Sharing Mindsets

  • Introductions
  • Individual & collective objectives
  • Barriers & opportunities for collaboration

10:45 AM

Coffee Break

11:15 AM

Stage-Setting Talks: Energy System Challenges and Innovations

[Clark Miller, Malcolm McCulloch]

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

Challenge Identification Part 1: PAIRS 

  • Partner interviews on key challenges

2:15 PM

Challenge Identification Part 2: TABLES

  • Pairs report to tables and refine challenges/tensions/paradoxes

3:15 PM

Challenge Identification Part 3: CLUSTERING

  • Stick 2-5 challenges per group on the wall and cluster – active participation

4:00 PM

Challenge Identification Part 4: DISCUSSION

  • Final decisions to identify    challenges that we will work on tomorrow

4:30 PM

Break & fend for yourself dinner

7:00 PM

Public Panel Discussion @ Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

[Peter Nyeko, Sebastian Manchester, Oscar Ankunda, Youba Sokona, Ify Malo, Aaron Leopold, Jatin Nathwani]

  • Africa’s Energy Revolution: Perspectives on Cleantech Entrepreneurship

8:30 PM

Concert @ Waterloo Town Square and True North Festival


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Working in Groups to Scope Innovations and Develop Project Plans

8:15 AM

Breakfast

9:00 AM

Introduction

  • ‘Innovation Brief’ templates
  • Getting into groups of 3-7 on challenges identified yesterday

9:15 AM

Group Work

  • Draft Innovation Brief sections 1 & 2

10:00 AM

Coffee Break & Gallery

10:30 AM

Group Work

  • Integrate gallery feedback
  • Draft Innovation Brief section 3 & 4

11:30 AM

Group Presentations

  • Short presentation + plenary comments (5 mins/group)

12:30 PM

Lunch and changing groups

1:30 PM

Group Work

  • Draft Innovation Brief sections 5 & 6

2:15 PM

Coffee Break & Gallery

2:45 PM

Group Work

  • Integrate gallery feedback
  • Complete Innovation Brief
  • Prepare for final presentations

3:45 PM

Final Group Presentations

  • Short presentation + plenary comments (10 mins/group)

5:15 PM

Break and gather @ Proof (Delta Hotel Restaurant)

6:00 PM

Conference Dinner @ Proof (Delta Hotel Restaurant)


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Wrapping Things Up

8:15 AM

Breakfast

9:00 AM

Bookend Lecture: A Critical Retrospective on Development and Energy Access

[Carsten Hellpap]

9:45 AM

Next Steps Plenary

  • What we learned
  • Items for follow-up

10:45 AM

Coffee break

11:15 AM

Final Announcements

  • Ad-hoc sharing of upcoming opportunities

11:30 AM

Light lunch

12:00 PM

Break & optional social activities

4:00 PM

Reception @ Jatin’s Condo (finish at 7pm)



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Jatin NathwaniJoachim KnebelDan KammenClark MillerMalcolm McCulloch
Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyHead of Division II, Electical and Mechnical EngineeringDirector, Renewable and Appropriate Energy LaboratoryDirector, Center for Energy and SocietyDirector, Energy and Power Group
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Claudio CanizaresKirsten Wright
Manager of Global Programs, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyProfessor of Electrical and Computer EngineeringAssociate Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
Professor of Electrical and Computer EngineeringPhD Student, Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation
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Mary Jane ParmentierSaurabh Biswas
Carlo Altamirano-Allende

Principal Research Scientist, Department of Management Studies
Professor, school for the Future of Innovation in SocietyPhD Student, Grassroots Energy Innovation Laboratory
PhD Student, Grassroots Energy Innovation Laboratory

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Michel Normand-Marleau

Chief Officer, Corporate PlanningSenior ResearcherManager, Energizing Development ProgramEnergy Specialist and Uganda Country LeadSenior International Development Officer
Kenya PowerRural Electrification Authority, NigeriaGIZUSAIDGlobal Affairs Canada
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Aaron Leopold
Youba Sokona
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Ify Malo
Project Manager, African Mini-Grids Community of Practice
Chief Executive Officer
Special Advisor for Sustainable Development
Junior Fellow & PhD Student
Nigeria Country Director, Power for All & CEO
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African Minigrid Developers Association
The South Centre/University College London
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
Cleantech Hub Abuja
South Africa
Kenya
Switzerland
Germany
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Sankaran Ramalingam
Marvin Tumusiime
Adedoyin Adekele
María Yetano-Roche
Managing Director
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PhD Student & Founder
Research Fellow
Tesfa Ilg Foundation
Energy and Fuel Users Association of India
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International Support Network for African Development
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Switzerland
India
Uganda
Italy
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Arthur Energy AssociatesJaza EnergyEnergy Action PartnersTrama TecnoAmbientalSunbridge Solar Nepal
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