IEEE Smart Village @ PowerAfrica Conference


IEEE Smart Village stimulates social enterprises by providing renewable electrical systems, start-up training and ongoing support to help poor, energy-deprived communities globally build toward sustainable prosperity.

The goal of IEEE Smart Village is to engage ten Smart Village Entrepreneurs each year, support them with up to $200,000 of seed funding and help them grow a micro-utility business that will impact a million people with clean electricity, communications and quality education (Read More about ISV).


The ISV program at PAC 2021 will be distributed across sessions scheduled from the morning of the 23rd to 27th  of August. Several sessions will be open to the general body of PAC registrants while others will be limited to ISV participants. Read More


IEEE Smart Village (ISV) co-locates a series of workshops, presentations and round-table discussions each year at IEEE’s annual POWERAFRICA CONFERENCE (PAC). Read More


The IEEE Smart Village (ISV) New Talents Program supports talented individuals who aspire to become Smart Village Developers. Our Developers are passionate entrepreneurs working to provide electricity in the most vulnerable communities in the world. Read More


As an awardee, you will be provided the ISV registration code which will give you access to ISV’s special reduced registration fee.

At the IEEE Power Africa Conference, you will meet with members of the Smart Village Leadership that can guide you to become a Smart Village Energy Entrepreneur. At the Workshop you will network with a new generation of Smart Village Entrepreneurs that are building and operating successful and sustainable micro-utility businesses across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the rest of the world. Read More


The “Meet the Entrepreneur” competition is an opportunity to pitch your ideas to the IEEE Smart Village community. This video pitch competition, in view of the ‘decade of action’ aimed at driving change between 2020 and 2030, invites individuals with original and innovative approaches to current world problems. These projects should have great potential to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in line with IEEE Smart Village’s three core pillars i.e. energy, education and enterprise development. Read More


ISVx is organizing a competition for students in the forthcoming PowerAfrica 2021. Students are required to write articles on the topic: Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Africa – Technology, Applications, Benefits and Challenges. For more details, visit this page.

Do you have high motivation for becoming a technopreneur & an interest in the foundation of entrepreneurship, from ideation to start-up? Join us in the forthcoming workshop.


IEEE Smart Village, all of its programs, projects, events, and volunteer support, is totally funded by generous donations from  both within and outside of the IEEE. By submitting your application, you understand and agree that your information may be shared by the IEEE Foundation, and others in an effort to solicit support of your travel and conference-related expenses.