The Shell-installed kinetic
football pitch at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos was in the spotlight again last Thursday, as football legend, Pelé teamed up with Shell to bring together Africa and Europe in a first of its kind player-powered energy game tagged Pelé’s Energy Challenge.
The event helped launch ‘Make the Future London’, a festival of ideas and innovation dedicated to supporting bright energy ideas and providing a platform for innovation, collaboration and conversation about the global energy issues facing the world of today.
Pelé’s Energy Challenge showcased the power of innovative kinetic tile technology that converts footsteps into renewable electricity.
The challenge featured two teams that comprised children from London and Lagos linked up via satellite.
The more energy a player generated on the tiles, the more time they had to compete, directly linking the technology to the task.
Pelé said on the launch: “I’ve seen first-hand how Shell has brought bright energy ideas to life, having helped launch the first kinetic pitch in Rio. And I’ve seen how this amazing technology has reinvigorated the community, allowing Brazilian children to follow their passion in sports and learn about future energy solutions in the process.
“I’m so excited to be here again, and see the legacy of these pitches – how they continue to be used every day – while testing out this new energy challenge at ‘Make the Future London’,” he said.
Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SDPDC) and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor, said: “The tile device at Akoka is not just another football pitch. It is a powerful statement on the kind of energy ideas that Shell and SPDC have been promoting in Nigeria.
“We are confident that Nigerian youths will take advantage of our LiveWIRE programme and launch bright energy ideas that will help to better the lives of millions of Nigerians,” he added.
The LiveWIRE programme was launched in Nigeria in 2003, and has since enabled young entrepreneurs to convert ideas into real businesses that create products or services as well as employment to the community.
Today, LiveWIRE supports Nigeria’s National Youth Policy by encouraging and training young people to start their own businesses by providing start-up funds.
To date, the programme has trained 6,200 youth in enterprise development and management, and provided business start-up grants to 3,100.