- Total Energies Uganda launched the challenge which aimed at providing an opportunity to young Ugandans to propose solutions that will help in identifying optimal locations for Electric Vehicle [EV]charging points in Kampala.
Total Energies EP Uganda handed out a total of 37,000,000 million shillings to the best teams, that came up with innovative Artificial Intelligence based solutions to identify locations for the installation of Electric Vehicle charging point in Kampala.
TBKN team emerged the winner taking home a cheque of Uganda shillings 18.5 million as a three months hackathon challenge came to a conclusion.
Total Energies Uganda launched the challenge which aimed at providing an opportunity to young Ugandans to propose solutions that will help in identifying optimal locations for Electric Vehicle [EV]charging points in Kampala. Most of the solutions recommended setting up the EV charging infrastructures near fuel stations, near power lines and major roads
Philippe Groueix, the General Manager Total Energies EP Uganda who handed over the cheques to the winners advised them to work together for better performance.
“It is important to work as a team to solve problems. Diversity has value, brings more creativity and better perform ace” Mr. Groueix stated.
He noted that addressing today’s carbon neutrality challenge requires a collective focus on innovation adding that the company is part of the energy cluster on e-mobility think tank and is supporting innovation in line with e-mobility.
The first runners up ISBAT University received Uganda Shillings 11.1 million. Team Data Knight and team Shalom both finished in 3rd position and bagged 3.7 million shillings each.
Teams comprised of four people each, were tasked to propose innovative ideas using the data provided on Kampala city roads, electricity and traffic networks
Richard Zulu, Team Principal , Outbox Uganda said the challenge demonstrated that young people have a role to play in addressing societal challenges working in partnership with the private sector.
“ We remain committed to ensure that the solutions selected can be considered for operationalisation by Total Energies in Uganda and other mobility actors in the country” Zulu said.
More than 400 people applied to participate in the challenge implemented by Outbox Uganda on behalf of Total Energies Uganda.