2016 Student Energy Summit

November 11-12, 2016 on Oahu

Free and open to middle and high school students statewide 

A limited number of air and hotel travel stipends available for neighbor island students (first come, first serve)

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. chekck-in)

Program details coming soon


About Blue Planet Foundation's

Student Energy Innovation & Leadership Academy

The Student Energy Summit is part of Blue Planet's Student Energy Innovation & Leadership Academy (SEILA) inititiatve. SEILA aims to empower youth across the state to take control of their energy future. At the center of these year-round educational efforts, the Summit is a signature event that frames education, conversation, and innovation on some of Hawaii’s most pressing energy challenges and opportunities. The inaugural Student Energy Summit took place in 2015. Nearly 100 students from all major islands, representing 34 schools, gathered for the one-day workshop.

Blue Planet worked with local science teachers to develop a curriculum aimed at experiential and interactive learning, which included an Instagram energy-challenge leading up to the event. At the summit, students put their problem-solving skills into action through a design-thinking challenge. Facilitated by Oceanit, the challenge encouraged critical thinking through a variety of lenses, including an understanding of economic and policy dynamics, as well as technological and engineering considerations related to efficiency, energy storage, and transportation. Post-summit, students had the option of teaming up for the Energy Innovation Design Challenge, supported by a small stipend to bring their ideas to life.

Summit Objectives

  1. Educate students about energy issues in Hawaii;
  2. Inspire students with the knowledge, leadership, and problem-solving skills to understand and challenge our current energy system;
  3. Encourage students to collaborate with the policy, grassroots, business, and community leaders to discuss current issues and create innovative solutions; and
  4. Unite like-minded students motivated to lead Hawaii towards a sustainable energy future.


2015 Summit Videos

This is Our Power



Talking Energy with a Hawaii Resident



Talking Energy with Hawaiian Electric


Mahalo to our 2016 Sponsors and Partners

The 2016 Student Energy Summit is being made possible by sponsorship from Energy Excelerator, Cooke Foundation, and private donations. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact us to learn more.

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