Application Deadline: August 31st, 2018
IEEE Empower a Billion Lives is a global competition aimed at fostering innovation to develop solutions to electricity access. Solutions are expected to be scalable, regionally relevant, holistic, and leverage 21st century technologies with exponentially declining prices.
There are 3 billion people in the world living in energy poverty, and over 1 billion people without any access to electricity. So far, only 1.8 million people have gained tier 2 energy access by using off-grid electric services.
The IEEE Empower a Billion Lives competition is agnostic to energy sources, technologies, and business models. Solutions will be evaluated on both their technical innovation and business viability to rapidly and sustainably scale to one billion customers.
- The competition is completely open to all, including student groups, small- and medium-sized companies, research labs, international corporations, and non-profit organizations.
The competition is organized by IEEE, an all-volunteer organization whose goal is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
Learn about one of the most pressing issues facing humanity from experts in the field
Huge untapped market potential
A market of 1.1 billion unserved people is one of the largest market opportunities today
Winners of the regional rounds and the global round will be featured on press releases, social media, and various media outlets
Participate in banquets and other social events with participants active in the sector
Sponsored field pilot
Winners of the regional round will be provided enough funding to complete a 2-month long field pilot
Significant Prize Monies
Amongst the regional rounds and global final winners a maximum $1 Million dollar prize purse will be distributed
May 1, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018
Registered teams present their solution concept and a three-minute pitch video.
Nov 2018 to Jan 2019
Qualified teams demonstrate their solution prototypes and pitch their business ideas at a regional round nearest to them (see map).
Qualified teams complete a 3 month long field pilot in a region of their choosing.
Sep 29, 2019 to Oct 3, 2019
IEEE ECCE Conference
Qualified teams demonstrate the ruggedized prototypes, field test results, and final business plan
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