To address the metering gap in Nigeria, the Lagos State Government through its ministry of energy and mineral resources, in collaboration with the Eko Innovation Centre, has unveiled a smart meter initiative, the Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon 2020.
The application deadline is 28 August 2020 (see links below).
The initiative is expected to leverage the availability of local talents in Nigeria to develop and produce affordable smart electricity meters for consumers.
The aim is to also drive significant reduction of revenue losses and ultimately improve last-mile electricity supply.
The advisory board member at the Eko Innovation Centre, Doja Ekeruche, explained that a call for application had been sent out to local talents in the tech community to submit their proposed hardware and software solutions using the guidelines stipulated on the Lagos Smart Meter website.
“All concepts would be assessed based on strict but transparent criteria to identify the most viable concepts proceeding to the next stage,” she said.
Who can enter and what’s up for grabs?
The 2020 initiative, launched by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, calls on applications from teams that can deliver finished metering hardware and software systems.
- Open to entrepreneurs, software enthusiasts, hackers and developers.
- While the preference is to drive local participation and technology contribution, submissions are welcome from those who want to make a change and contribute to the making electricity supply better in Lagos.
- You can participate in the Hackathon whether you’re starting your development from scratch or continuing a previously started project. Ensure you follow the requirements in the RFP document.
- N7 million for combined winning hardware and software team.
- Additionally, a percentage of the Intellectual Property royalties from the winning solution.
For hardware submissions, you are expected to submit:
- A PDF version of electronic an electrical diagram of motherboard and device schematic designs/diagrams.
- A sketch or 3D diagram of Device/Casing.
- And/or a YouTube video URL of your prototype. You can mark your YouTube video unlisted but not private.
Currently, the application deadline is August 28, 2020. However, any extensions will be properly communicated by the Eko Innovation Centre.
Why launch a Smart Meter Hackathon in Lagos?
Governor Sanwo-Olu said the launch “marks a significant milestone in the implementation plan of the Government towards improving access to electricity in the state, and it is also in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 7 of the UN, which aspires to drive universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all by 2030″.
Sanwo-Olu added that increased electricity access is one of the priority mandates of his administration given its significance in ultimately driving the economic development of the State, to enable it to achieve the objective of making Lagos a 21st-century economy.
He said further that the Lagos smart meter hackathon is an important way for the Government to demonstrate its commitment to improving electricity access and reliability for Lagosians.
“We believe that adequate metering of Lagosians and in turn Nigerians, would increase willingness to pay for electricity, improve productivity, and more importantly, continue to improve the living conditions of our people,” he added.
Minister Jedy-Agba said that local design and production of affordable meters would be transformational for the industry and the economy at large.
“Electricity is an essential service, and we need to ensure that the benefits of smart meters flow to everyone. I call on all relevant stakeholders in the sector to support this innovative and impactful initiative – industry regulators, electricity sector players, technology experts, and fund providers,” he added.
affordable smart meters for Lagosians [will] improve electricity supply, monitoring, and trust.
Similarly, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, said the initiative is expected to provide access to affordable smart meters for Lagosians to improve electricity supply, monitoring, and trust between electricity providers and end-users while preventing revenue leakages.
He added that the project is also expected to drive innovation and creativity while generating new interest in young people for the sector.
“Over the years, despite significant investments and resolutions around power generation and distribution, there remains a huge metering gap of over 60% of electricity consumers in Lagos and Nigeria. This metering gap is what we are seeking to bridge through the Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon,” said Odusote.