2019 Q4 - Shoutout to the Future

Afnan Hannan
December 27, 2019



  • 65 % of the jobs children entering primary school today will be doing when they graduate, don’t even exist yet.
  • The highest-paid Youtube earner this year was an 8-year-old child reviewing toys & he pulled in more than $26 million.


250 houses were connected to Pineapple, the first prototype of our product. Over the last year, these houses consumed more than 9MWh of energy, with a 26.4% average increase in household income.

If these communities were a country, they would be the cleanest and fastest-growing economy in the world 😉

We won multiple competitions this year, including the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield in Shenzhen where we unveiled our new product. All eyes of the tech world are looking with keen interest at how the energy access gap for 1 billion people is going to be closed..

Did we say a new product? The next evolution of the Okra Pod – codenamed “Edamame” – has finally hit the field trials. With up to 1.2kW output families will be able to simultaneously power freezers, washing machines and a range of other household appliances from Okra smart grids. Edamame also supports isolated demand-side management: a feature that allows real-time pricing and non-essential load ports to be remotely disabled if there’s not enough sun in the sky, or if bills aren’t paid (we’ll never turn off the lights).

Off-grid communities will have more robust real-time monitoring and control than the national grid of Australia.


We’re focused on getting 100 more houses connected with the Okra Edamame Pod next quarter, given our alpha field trials work out well – expect thousands of houses to be connected next year.

We’ve also just opened up our next fundraising round, so if you’re interested to be part of the journey, let us know and we’ll be in touch early in the new year!

The future that’s being built in front of us is exciting. We’re going into this holiday season inspired by all the people who are using energy in ways we could never imagine, motivated by all the people that remain to be connected, and grateful to all of you, our friends and partners for helping us on our journey.

Have a great break, and get recharged for an exciting 2020. Much love & best wishes from the Okra team. <3 🎅

We can’t do it on our own!




Affy has a simple vision: to get energy access to everyone in the world as fast as possible. After working in the tech industry in Australia, he saw an opportunity to break down the technological barriers to global energy access by leveraging IoT and A.I. He’s since been named Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia and won multiple other awards for catalysing disruptive social impact with Okra.