Initiate! Innovation African style


Cyndhu Sriram and Abdur-Rahmaan Loonat participated in the Initiate! programme at European Utility Week 2018. Smart Energy International gained their feedback on the programme, as well as their vision for Africa, powered by innovation.

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How did you work with the EUW Initiate! Programme and what was your experience?

CS: After achieving first place at the Gen-X Theatre Africa, I was awarded the opportunity to be part of the Initiate! Programme. I was fortunate enough to attend the visit to the Aspern Smart City Research Centre. It was an invaluable experience as I learned about the progress of the project and what the current challenges are in moving forward. I was also fortunate enough to be part of the guided tour of the city, facilitated by Robert Hammerling who is involved in the research aspect of this project. It was a great experience overall because I was able to have a glimpse of what a futuristic city would look like and how it would operate in the new energy environment. I was also able to ask questions and gain valuable insight into what qualities are measured, how residents are benefitting from this research and what provisional conclusions can be drawn from the data already collected.