Energy Solutions for the Future

An International Student Competition

Brought to you by our partners and sponsors

VAPA, partner

SEA, partner

Gente Capaz, partner

CITGO®, sponsor

The competition has come to an end.

A big thank you to our volunteers, judges and participants!

Check the winners and their videos here

Join students from around the world by virtually competing for developing potential solutions to real-world energy challenges.

We aim to get students involved in recognizing the critical role of energy for the continuous development of society, motivate a debate, share their vision on energy transition, and propose sustainable solutions. For that, we present a case study based on Venezuela, a country with a variety of resources that makes it a perfect laboratory to design and evaluate a diversified energy matrix.

This event is in addition to SEA’s Second Annual International Switch Energy Case Competition, which will be held in Fall 2021. We are looking to build on the momentum created by the 2020 International Switch Energy Case Competition, which had incredible global participation from 37 different countries and six continents.


Student Benefits

  • Hone your leadership skills and engage with a diverse group of energy professionals, global energy non-profit organizations, and one of the major energy players in the United States, CITGO®

  • Become part of a great network of energy professionals and students in global locations

  • Compete for cash prizes while developing research and communication skills

  • Gain experience working and communicating with your team members and mentor remotely

  • Obtain a deep understanding of the energy challenges in a country like Venezuela

  • Receive broad recognition by participating in an international competition


Competition Overview

  • University students form teams of 3-4 members and submit a team application online. The application form can be found here. By applying to participate in this event, your team consents to the terms of our competition, as described in the legal section.

  • Team members should be undergraduate students, with the option to replace one undergraduate member for a graduate student

  • The organizing committee selects a number of teams from the applicants, based on the answers to the two essay-type questions here below. Please have the answers ready before starting your application (max. 800 characters per answer)

  • If your team is selected, you will be proposing an energy solution before influential professionals in policymaking. Could you describe what makes your team stand out and be the best choice for the job?

  • Is diversity of energy sources important or not when designing solutions to address the energy needs of a country? Justify your answer

  • The selected teams receive the prompt and the case packet. The case study provides  a common starting snapshot of the present energy state of  Venezuela

  • Teams are given three weeks to work around guiding questions and prepare a 10-minute video presentation supporting their proposed solutions

  • A panel of semifinal judges review the video presentations and pick the top teams to compete in the finals

  • Finalists have a Q&A session before a second judging panel in a Live Final event, during which the final ranking is decided

  • CITGO® -$5000 sponsored prize money- is distributed among the best performing teams.​ The finalists are featured on SEA's website, newsletter, and social media channels

Apply [here] Deadline: April 19, 2021

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Competition activities start on March 29, 2021 and span for a couple of months, as seen in the graphic below.


This Competition has been made possible thanks to the support of our partners and sponsors:

The Venezuelan American Petroleum Association (VAPA) has built the competition case and provided valuable advice.

Switch Energy Alliance (SEA) has provided the platform and the format, following a very successful international student competition on Energy Poverty in November 2020.

Gente Capaz, an NGO dedicated to promoting the continued development of the migrating Venezuelan talent, has brought in organizational capacity and individuals within the competition organizing committee.

CITGO® has provided vital support and has sponsored monetary prizes for the top-performing teams.

VAPA, partner

SEA, partner

Gente Capaz, partner

CITGO®, sponsor

Organizing Committee

We are a group of Venezuelan energy professionals with an international presence motivated to create spaces to discuss energy subjects relevant to our future.

Competition Director

Partners and Sponsors Coordination

Students Coordination

Students Coordination

Mentors/Judges Coordination

Mentors/Judges Coordination

Marketing/Social Networks

Marketing/Social Networks

VAPA Board Representative



Join us and be part of the solution!

If you continue to use our website, related links, documents, and forms or apply to participate in the Competition, you agree to our terms as described in the legal section