The summit was well attended, with over 300 students present from across the continent over a period of two days.
The summit marked the first of the numerous international Student Energy Summits to be held in Africa. Occurring simultaneously with similar summits held in Europe, North America and Latin America, linking young Africans with the youth around the world.
The theme for 2014 was “Powering the Future.” The summit aimed to challenge young African students across the continent to provide African solutions for African problems. It is important to look at different ways of approaching energy issues, where a large portion of the continent is underdeveloped and disadvantaged. The challenge is not only to address how to move towards a renewable energy future, but to also address key issues such as accessibility, affordability and reliability of these energy sources.
The summit was also an opportunity for industry, academia and the youth to interact and find unique and innovating opportunities for the energy sector. The running theme was to find solutions that incorporate sustainability and green thinking while ensuring the socio-economic well being of Africans.
Two days of intense talks and workshops, many ideas shared and debated. It was a great pleasure and opportunity to interact with so many different people who brought a voice, not only for their country but their generation.
The future is bright for us if young willing and winning minds are at the helm.