IEEE Empower a Billion Lives Global Competition, 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.

To address energy poverty, more of the same may not be the answer. New strategies are needed to scale energy access solutions 1000x.

About IEEE
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a professional association with its corporate office in New York City and its operations center in Piscataway, New Jersey.

As of 2018, it is the world’s largest association of technical professionals with more than 423,000 members in over 160 countries around the world.Its objectives are the educational and technical advancement of electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer engineering and allied disciplines.





1. Learning opportunity

Learn about one of the most pressing issues facing humanity from experts in the field

2. Huge untapped market potential

A market of 1.1 billion unserved people is one of the largest market opportunities today

3. Exposure

Winners of the regional rounds and the global round will be featured on press releases, social media, and various media outlets

4. Networking

Participate in banquets and other social events with participants active in the sector

5. Sponsored field pilot

Winners of the regional round will be provided enough funding to complete a 2-month long field pilot

6. Significant Prize Monies

Amongst the regional rounds and global final winners a maximum $1 Million dollar prize purse will be distributed

The competition is completely open to all, including student groups, small- and medium-sized companies, research labs, international corporations, and non-profit organizations.

August 31, 2018

Application Process

Teams will submit their proposals online at
The process is as follows:

Team Registration –
• Fill out an online form indicating the team’s ’Intent to Participate’ in the competition as soon as
possible after the May 1 start date.
• Upon receipt of this ’Intent to Participate’, EBL will assign the team appropriate identification which allows the team to fully access EBL collaboration resources as they build a team and proposal.
• A Team Leader can only submit one proposal.

Online Proposal Submission –
• EBL review leaders will review the ’Intent to Participate’, primarily to see alignment with EBL goals and objectives, and may provide guidance to the team.

• The Online Round requires submission of an Online Proposal, on the same website above, with the
following key elements:
o A main proposal, with a total of up to five pages, with one additional page for additional
references, figures, financial tables etc. (total of six pages)

o It is suggested that two pages be used for the general proposal, with one page each to address issues related to Impact Score, Tech Score, and Business Score. One page can also be used for figures, tables etc.

o The document will be in English in font size 11 or larger on an A4 or 8.5”x11” page with 1 inch margins, and will be uploaded in PDF format.

o The team may upload a short video (less than 3 minutes) if they desire to explain and summarize their innovations, business models, and reasons they believe they will succeed in solving the challenge of achieving scale in the energy access area. EBL is not responsible for technology compatibility issues with the uploaded recording.

o Team information may be updated at this time, if needed

o Online Round submissions require a Letter of Support from an appropriate authorized official of the team’s hosting organization or school/college/university to be uploaded during the Online Round submission. If there is no hosting organization, the team needs to
provide a declaration that they have obtained all permissions needed to participate in the
EBL competition.

o The Online Round submission must be uploaded anytime starting on May 1, Submissions will not be accepted after 5 pm EDT (US) on Aug 31,2018.

Useful Downloads:
Competition Guide

Competition Rule

Evaluation Guide

Competition Tutorial

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