Energy, Education and Empowerment for Off-Grid Communities

August 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm America/New York Timezone
National Grid (Rooms: Valley A&B)
40 Sylvan Rd
Waltham, MA 02451

Power & Energy Society

Robin Podmore, Co-Founder IEEE Smart Village and President IncSys

Refreshments start at 6pm, talk commences at 6:30PM

IEEE Smart Village (ISV) is an IEEE Foundation program that provides renewable energy, community-based education, and entrepreneurial opportunities for off-grid communities. ISV funds carefully selected community entrepreneurs based upon credible business plans that individually aim to impact one million people with electricity, education and jobs. The IEEE Smart Village Entrepreneurs work in villages to build the confidence and support of local communities. They consistently demonstrate a deep respect for preserving the best of local cultures and heritages while gracefully introducing new technology and business practices. They survive under extremes of climate, altitude, floods, currency devaluations, power blackouts, media blackouts, political instability, local rivalries and contentious elections. Entrepreneurs funded by IEEE Smart Village collaborate and openly share their experiences, successes, difficulties and lessons learned. Many of the ISV Volunteers are IEEE Members but volunteers are needed from a wide range of disciplines. In this presentation, Dr. Podmore will cover how a Systematic Approach can be applied to engineer the future development of Smart Villages. IEEE Smart Village is partnering with Rotary clubs to also provide safe water, sanitation and heath care. IEEE Smart Village entrepreneurs are encouraged to envision the future of their village once clean water, sanitation, electricity, internet and education are available and to recruit and train their local work force in support of this future vision.

Robin Podmore has received the B.E.E. and Ph.D. in power systems from University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He specializes in developing innovative businesses using dynamic learning activities, especially simulators, for knowledge capture and transfer. His company has trained system operators and trainers across the world to operate the worlds most challenging power systems. The IncSys Academy with its Digital Virtual Instructor has assisted over 300 veterans to start or advance their system operator careers with 90 different companies. He played a key role in the start-up and growth of ESCA, now GE Grid, IncSys and IEEE Smart Village Entrepreneurs in India and Africa. He is an IEEE Life Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineers.

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