Lighting for Humanity

This unprecedented event looks to provide a practical humanitarian training for IEEE PES Students during their participation in the IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Latin America 2019 (IEEE PES ISGT LA 2019). Conference that will be held on September 15-18 of 2019 in Gramado – RS, Brazil

The Conference will provide Student Travel Awards (STA) to a selected number of IEEE PES students from different Chapters, Branches, Sections and Regions. This STA is based on financial support that covers housing, during the congress days, and registration fees. The main idea of this support is enabling the student’s participation in the international Congress, providing experiences to these young people, with the opportunity to develop a great networking and, principally, a strong cultural exchange.

Taken advantage of the presence of this considerable number of students during the IEEE PES ISGT LA 2019, was organized an IEEE Humanitarian Event, the IEEE PES Lighting for Humanity. This activity was idealized by the IEEE PES UFSM Student Chapter in partnership with the IEEE PES Chapters Students Activities Committee (CSAC), being financially supported by the IEEE HAC. As well, the event count on the Liter of Light Organization, IEEE South Brazil Section and IEEE UFSM Student Branch as partners supporters.

The IEEE PES Lighting for Humanity Event is based on a several panel sessions and on a practical training provided by the Liter of Light. The Liter of Light organization develops poles and lampions in a sustainable way, utilizing plastic bottles, solar panels and LED lamps, applying it in communities with a restricted or non-access to electrical energy. The Liter of Light idea has gained strength through its characteristic in be a cheap, sustainable and clean solution for these locals that have not access to electrical energy, a very common reality in Brazil, due to its long extension. During this humanitarian training, kits of poles and lampions will be built by the STA students, as well they will be able to understand the impact that the light can provide to a community that has no access to energy. The main purpose of this event is to motivate and inspire IEEE PES students to design new activities and projects in a way that may provide a humanitarian impact on their local communities.