EBL Global Final

A celebration of innovation

Baltimore, MD | Sep 28 - Oct 1, 2019

About the Global Final

The IEEE Empower a Billion Lives (EBL) global final competition organized by PELS will include presentations by the winning teams, with the award of >$200,000 in prizes. To learn more about EBL click on the Home button.

Starting from a pool of 459 registered teams from 70+ countries, EBL has gone through a rigorous evaluation process by a team of international experts at five regional competitions to select 23 global finalists. Selection of the final winners will be based on technology, social impact, business models and field-testing data. The EBL Global Final will be held in Baltimore on September 28/29, 2019, followed by the IEEE Energy Access Workshop and EBL Prize Ceremony on October 1, 2019.

The workshop will bring together experts from global aid organizations, NGOs and foundations involved in energy access, as well as a cadre of technical experts from the IEEE, to begin to explore how solutions that are technically and economically viable can be developed and deployed at scale.

Key issues to be addressed include technology, social impact, business models, regulatory issues, climate impact and sustainability.











Grand Prize Winner


The EBL Global Final prizes are jointly funded by IEEE PELS, Georgia Institute of Technology and our Sponsors. Prizes, if awarded, shall be distributed as follows:

1 Grand Prize

Amount: $100K

One Entrant or Team will be chosen and awarded the top overall Global Prize

3 Track Prizes

Amount: $30K

One Entrant or Team will be chosen and awarded a prize for each of the tracks at the Global Level.

1 Student Prize

Amount: $20K

One Entrant or Team will be chosen and awarded the Student Prize at the Global Level.


September 28, 2019

08:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Judging (Closed Session) - Holiday Inn 12th Floor - Harbor Room

September 29, 2019

08:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Judging (Closed Session) - Holiday Inn 12th Floor - Harbor Room

September 30, 2019

05:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Poster Session at the Baltimore Convention Center Main Exhibit Hall - Open to ECCE attendees

October 1, 2019

Preliminary Agenda

Energy Access Workshop (By Invitation - to inquire, email billionlives@ieee.org)

08:00 AM


8:30 AM - 10:10 AM

Session 1 – Keynote: Achieving Energy Access for the Last Billion

• Introducing EBL

• EBL Winning Team Presentations

• EBL Prize Ceremony

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM

Coffee and Networking Break

10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Session 2 – Energy Access and TechnologyPanel: Energy Access • What are the gaps in the current global effort? • Technology Solutions and Gaps

• Institutional Initiatives

• Investment Opportunities

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch and Networking Break

1:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 3 – Scaling Energy Access SolutionsPanel: Overcoming Challenges to Scaling of Energy Access Solutions

• Non-technical Challenges

• Technology as an Enabler

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM


3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Summary and Next Steps

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Networking Reception


Holiday Inn Inner Harbor

September 28-29, 2019

The Baltimore Convention Center

October 1, 2019



Air Service: The closest airport is Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), which is 15 minutes from the Baltimore Inner Harbor. How to get here: Utilizing ride share service or scheduled shuttle service is encouraged.


If you require visa to travel please reach out to billionlives@ieee.org


For those attending the Energy Access Workshop please procure your hotel reservation via the IEEE ECCE website: http://www.ieee-ecce.org/2019/hotel-travel/hotel-travel-info/

Organizing committee

Global Chair & Americas Regional Round

Deepak Divan


Jerry Hudgins

IEEE PELS President

Frede Blaabjerg

Chair - European Regional

Pedro Rodriquez

Chair - Pacific Asia Regional

Mark DeHong Xu

Chair - Africa Regional

Gideon Potgieters

Chair - South Asia Regional

Suryanarayana Doolla

Global Steering Committee

Phil Krein

Global Steering Committee

Braham Ferriera

Global Steering Committee

Prasad Enjeti

Global Steering Committee

Liuchen Chang

Global Steering Committee

Alan Mantooth

Global Steering Committee

Frank Lambert

Global Outreach

Issa Batarseh

EBL Coordination Chair

Szilard Liptak

EBL Project Coordinator

Aline Banboukian


Mike Kelly - Executive Director


Jane Celusak - EBL Project Manager

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