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Latin America Working Group

Contact: Mario Alejandro Aleman

First project in Honduras funded by IES with support from Dr. Morgan Kiani approaching completion. Seven skilled volunteers from the IEEE Honduras Section providing consultancy for the project. Student volunteers to be involved in the project for community development. Reports created in Spanish for local engagement.

  • The WG is working closely with Fransisco to ensure operations run smoothly. The greatest challenge is the border restrictions and logistics involved in the operations as they need to rely on locals to transport people and goods to site.
  • Professor Pritpal received funding to build a water pumping system with help from Mario and Fransisco.

North America Working Group

Contact: Joan Kerr

Since the NAWG was created in December 2020, we have been working hard to identify and attract viable projects to help develop and explore how they can be implemented with the help of ISVx.

We have started to schedule speakers, especially those with possible low cost and/or low-tech solutions. The first such presentation was Visala Tallavarjula, a sophomore at UCSB pursuing Environmental Studies BA and is also taking Political Science classes through UC Centre this Summer, who spoke about her award-winning water irrigation project. Visala was joined by Ayushi Sharma from SunMoksha , who conducted the tests, including sensors and IoT. This research is being done at the agriculture centre at an University.

At our June meeting, David Kankam, from the Project Development Committee, gave an overview of the criteria and answered questions from the project representatives as well as the Committee members. The project representatives will be invited to attend our meetings to start the development process.

The Committee is identifying possible project, and so far, three distinct ones are being reviewed as follows:

  • University of Calgary: to explore and develop templates of engaging university students to identify challenges in a community and work together on possible solutions. The template will be available to other universities throughout North America.
  • Dine College: The College have several projects, but the Entrepreneurs Hub maybe a starting point for the Committee, and
  • Sedona Greenhouse: Community based education program for greenhousing and ecotourism, Indigenous Medicines, and other vegetables to encourage a community to learn, grow and sell produce.

The NAWG is on target to achieve its goals, and will continue to increase its membership, discover projects and make an impact on the lives of many entrepreneurs.

Our Committee Members are:

  • Joan Kerr and Ashok Das: Co-Chairs
  • Ayushi Sharma, Secretary
  • Ray Larsen
  • Rajan Kapur
  • Wei-Jen Lee
  • Sai Tallavarjula

Africa Working Group

Contact: Abdulateef Aliyu

The Africa working group was officially inaugurated on the 16th of October 2020 and has regular meetings on the 2nd Friday of every month. The group has the following mandate:

  • Develop a good cross section of African representation.
  • Set up ISVx student branches in all African Technical Universities
  • Develop working solar model with each student branch for hands-on experience.
  • Support African Projects and be available to travel to various sites on an annual basis.
  • Support the ISVx PowerAfrica21 and later conferences.
  • Help create and propose new ISVx projects in Africa.
  • Increase number of females in ISVx & IEEE.

To achieve these mandates, the team swiftly created an online form to reach out to volunteers across Africa. More than 50 volunteers from 12 African countries and abroad have signified interest to support the group.

Key identified projects by the group which will be our focus in 2021 include:

  • Six (6) pilot telehealth projects in Uganda and Kenya with the plan to scale to other Africa countries.
  • Five (5) pilot student branches to be created in Africa Universities in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mauritius, and Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Power Africa 2021 Conference
  • Visibility for ISVx for the continent of Africa

The group created three sub-committees: Project support, Education/Conferences and Membership/ Marketing sub-committees. These committees will collaborate with the respective global committees.

The Volunteer lead roles of the groups are:

  • Vice President – Abdulallateef Aliyu
  • Secretary – Azuka Jude Ofogu
  • Chair, Education/Conference Sub-Committee – Avoki Omekanda
  • Secretary, Education/Conference Sub-Committee – Mary Omowunmi Longe
  • Chair, Project Support Sub-Committee – Humphrey Muhindi
  • Vice Chair, Project Support Sub-Committee – Muhammad Buhari
  • Secretary, Project Support Sub-Committee – Ciza Ndegey
  • Chair, Membership/Marketing – Anita Mekwunye
  • Secretary, Membership/Marketing – Cyiza Augustin

China Working Group

Contact: Xiaofeng Zhang

IEEE PES China Smart Village Committee is composed of experts, teachers, and students in the field of electrical engineering and new energy, engineers, entrepreneurs and social workers. ISVx CWG pays attention to poverty alleviation and smart rural construction in remote areas of China, and actively promotes the development and use of public welfare undertakings for rural poor areas, popular science and student education in remote townships, electricity, and new energy sources, and helps eliminate poverty and backwardness in rural areas. It also develops innovative energy, science and technology financial services, guide investment in new villages and towns, and develop local innovative and entrepreneurial township enterprises with market development prospects.

Milestones

  • Pilot project involving donation of solar panels to elementary schools to support education.
  • 8 webinars conducted in China last year.
  • Website created – WeChat group to coordinate communications.
  • Three members from China State Grid Corporation and Energy Institute recruited to actively participate in the CWG core team.
  • New member Yiyi Jin – Lawyer from Silicon Valley onboarded to assist with any legal matters advice.

Plans

  • A plan to create ISVx Shandong subcommittee.
  • Online education lessons to be presented on ISV for 7 remote schools in China.
  • Global green development summit in November for 2 days.
  • Smart Village panel in Energy Internet conference on October 21st

South Asia Working Group

Contact: Sanja Patki
South Asia Working Group (Contact Sanja Patki)

  • Digital literacy and entrepreneurship – center to be established in college.
  • Digital kiosk to be provided in community center – to receive guidance on setting up.
  • Agriculture related platform giving access to market produce.
  • Social center for excellence – POU in the village
  • Collaboration – Rotary member from India District discussing joint proposal.
  • Student chapter initiatives establishment in Bangladesh to pilot with 3 universities.
  • Daleep – request safety documents from Smart Solar to be provided.
  • The 6 villages concept – 2 concepts on advanced stages to be presented to PDC soon.
  • Incentives for setting up SBs to be presented to Governing Board. The South Asia working Group has been reconstituted with an experienced team of volunteers from industry, academia, social enterprises, independent professionals and GIEEE as follows:
    • Social Enterprises: Ashok Das, Paras Loomba
    • Independent: Rashmi Naik, Rahul Bhargava
    • Faculty: Prof. Sasi Kottayil, Prof. Celia Shahnaz
    • Industry: Girish Khilari, N Kannan, Dr. Satish Chetwani, Eugene Kingsley
    • GIEEE: Harish Mysore
    • The WG kick-off meeting took place on 28th Aug 2020.
    • Mr Rahul Bhargava is nominated to represent SAWG in ISVx committee on Technology.

Proposals under consideration and carried forward from past SAWG: There were seven proposals to be carried forward from former SAWG. These proposals were assigned to new members for checking on Status and alignment with ISVx objectives.
The members discussed the scope and deliverables with the proposers and identified gaps. Based on deliberations following was concluded:

  • Total number of Proposals assigned for review – Seven
  • Proposals to be dropped – Three
  • Proposals to be taken forward with some modifications- Two
  • New Proposal being proposed – Three