On holding an intellectual team competition “Student Energy Challenge”

The KAZENERGY Association and the Shell Kazakhstan company in 2017 initiated the annual intellectual team competition “Student Energy Challenge” among student teams of technical specialties of higher educational institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This year the project started on April 16.

The competition purpose is to stimulate and support innovative projects developed by the students of Kazakhstan to solve energy problems.

The competition tasks:
  • to promote the development of professional and personal potential of students;
  • to promote the broader understanding of the importance of energy efficiency and related problems;
  • to support the development of engineering thinking and creativity;
  • to promote the strengthening of relations, the exchange of experience and the acquisition of relevant knowledge;
  • to transfer experience and technical skills to Kazakh students.

The competition directions:
  1. Energy generation
  2. Energy accumulation
  3. Energy transmission
  4. Energy consumption

Commenting on the competition, Director General of the "KAZENERGY Association Asset Magauov said: “The competition “Student Energy Challenge” is held in partnership with Shell Kazakhstan for the second time, and we are confident, as the experience of last year shows, that it will inspire and unite young people to create solutions for use in the industry. Together with Shell Kazakhstan we hold not only a contest in its traditional format, the competition is accompanied by the number of options that are interesting and popular among students: online webinars, trainings, various formats for the protection of projects, clear and precise competitive stages, including creative disclosure of teams at each level of the competition”.

Olivier Lazare, Vice President and Chairman of Shell Kazakhstan said: “Supporting projects in the field of education, in particular, stimulating the interest of the younger generation in STEM research programs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is one of the key areas of social responsibility of our company. After all, the future lies in the hands of young people, whose talents and ideas can change the world”.

By the closing date of registration on May 15 this year, the applications were received from 48 teams, including students representing the following educational institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan:
  • Almaty University of Energy and Communications;
  • Atyrau University of Oil and Gas;
  • Ekibastuz Engineering and Technical Institute named after academician K. Satpayev;
  • Zhangir Khan West Kazakhstan Agrarian-Technical University;
  • Innovative University of Eurasia;
  • Kazakh-British Technical University;
  • Kazakh National Technical University after K.I. Satpayev;
  • Caspian State University of Technology and Engineering named after Sh. Yessenov;
  • Karaganda State University of the name of academician E.A. Buketov;
  • Karaganda State Technical University;
  • Karaganda Economic University KazPotrebsoyuz;
  • Nazarbayev University;
  • M. Kozybayev North Kazakhstan State University;
  • Taraz State University named after M.Kh. Dulaty.

The participating teams were registered by filling in the registration form on the website of the KAZENERGY Association. To pass to the first stage, the registered teams will need to send a short video resume about the team and the project. Consideration of incoming video resume will be conducted remotely, without the personal participation of teams. After the selection, 8 teams will be completed in the final stage, which will be awarded to the presentation of projects to the jury on October 2-3, 2018 in Astana, in the framework of the Youth Conference of the World Petroleum Congress. As a result, 3 teams will reach the final and present their projects in the “Elevator pitch” style.

At the same time, in order to assist student teams in forming the right approach to project implementation in effective interaction with all team members, with the support of the Ernst & Young Kazakhstan Business Academy it is planned to hold master classes in the format of webinars.

To further implement the presented projects, the three winning teams will be awarded cash prizes from Shell Kazakhstan in the amount of USD 10,000 for the first place, USD 5,000 for the second place, and USD $ 3,000 for the third place.
Also at the end of the competition, on October 4-5, 2018, for all 8 teams, NXplorers training “New Thinking Technologies” will be held.
The information on the competition (position, stages, booklet on the results of the last year competition) can be found on the website of the KAZENERGY Association, in the section: Home → Activities → Educational program → Competitions (link: educational-program /140/1099/).

On NXplorers training “New Thinking Technologies”

The NXplorers program “New Thinking Technologies” is the specialized methodology that offers tools and special skills for the younger generation. This technique allows us to find non-standard solutions to real-world problems through cooperation and using innovative and interdisciplinary approaches.

NXplorers is the movement towards change and the method for solving complex problems:
  • System thinking - STUDYING
  • Scenario planning - CREATION
  • Theory of Change - CHANGE

Shell and Shaping Learning developed NXplorers Training. Training methodology NXplorer combines system thinking, planning and the theory of changing scenarios.
The training will be held on October 4-5, 2018 in Astana for all 8 teams of the competition “Student Energy Challenge”. Certificates will be issued upon completion. For more information, please visit: .


Association KAZENERGY unites about 80 major players of oil and gas and energy complex, including mining and transport, service and geophysical, uranium and other transnational companies. The Association is an independent voluntary non-profit association of legal entities that is aimed to assist in the formation of favorable conditions for the dynamic and sustainable development of the fuel and energy complex of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Royal Dutch Shell plc. (hereinafter - Shell) is an international energy concern specializing in the exploration and production, processing and marketing of oil and natural gas, as well as the production and sale of petrochemical products. The headquarters is in The Hague (the Netherlands). In the early 1990s, the company was among the first foreign investors to establish its presence in Kazakhstan, taking part in the assessment of the country hydrocarbon resources, and played a leading role in the development of its oil and gas sector. Having invested to date more than USD 15.4 billion in investments, Shell is one of the largest foreign investors in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Shell takes part in four projects in Kazakhstan: the North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement (16.81% share); Final agreement on the production division of the Karachaganak field (share of participation - 29.25%); The production sharing agreement for the development of the Pearls license area (share of participation - 55%), and the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (share of participation - 7.4%).
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