This document (download below) is intended for universities/organizations/companies which might be interested in participating/partnering/supporting IdeaSpace Challenge 2009... not yet finalized, and would love to do some better design work, but this as an initial intro/outreach document. Obviously not for student/campus recruitment.
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The Goal: Clean, sustainable, affordable, and reliable ENERGY.
Energy in Lebanon - Summary of the Challenge:
We pose the CHALLENGE (a social, environmental, or development challenge in Lebanon) and organize workshops and events to help the participants learn about the problem and brainstorm innovative market-based solutions. We then host a friendly competition, and the best ideas & presentations win fun prizes and bragging rights! Launching in Fall 2009. Contact us today if you want more information.
Though Lebanon sits in a region with vast oil resources, the country itself has no petroleum deposits on its own territory. The depressed economic situation, massive debt, and poor energy management lead to frequent (in most places daily) electricity outages. At my house, in the heart of Beirut, we have had rotating daily outages of at least 3-hours every single day for the past few years. During times of political trouble, high energy consumption, or oil shortages, the outages can be longer and/or more frequent. Outside of the municipality of Beirut, the situation i