Program AdvocatesBusinessesIEEE SocietiesGlobal Partners — Government

“We are excited to bring together the diverse IEEE Smart Village team, share our ideas about how to improve the lives of developing communities around the world, and share our passion with colleagues in the worldwide IEEE community.”
~ Ray Larsen, IEEE Smart Village co-chair

If you are interested in becoming a supporting partner, contact us.

Program Advocates

The Posner Center for International Development and its IEEE Global Classroom bring together 30-plus development-oriented businesses and organizations in a 25,000-square-foot shared space in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood to enable them to exchange ideas, cut costs and improve the products and services they deliver. Collaboration will spur innovation, boost distribution and generate new, sustainable ventures. Over time, Colorado will become a top destination for talented entrepreneurs and development organizations.


IEEE Smart Village members are all volunteers–dedicated professionals who sense a unique opportunity in history to help eradicate global poverty. Many are practicing engineers; some are educators, professors, managers, business owners, members of boards, doctors, entrepreneurs, CEOs and heads of NGOs with experience in developing countries. IEEE Smart Village always looks for the best and brightest to join in this project to impact the world.

SunBlazer Setup
Setting up the SunBlazer, as community members look on. Date: 2012. Location: Haiti. Photo by: Ray Larsen.

SunBlazer Unit Hillside
SunBlazer providing electricity to the off-grid community. Date; 2012. Location: Haiti. Photo by: Ray Larsen.

SunBlazer Setup Village
Community members learning more about the SunBlazer and its benefits. Date: 2012. Location: Haiti. Photo by: Ray Larsen.

Our Donors:

IncSys For over 24 years IncSys has championed the development and implementation of simulation based solutions for Power System Operators. The industry leading PowerSimulator is the dynamic evolution of the EPRI OTS which now gives all TOPs, BAs, and RCs affordable access to their own power system model for use in world-class simulations.
PowerData PowerData continues to innovate by pioneering new technologies in real-time relational databases, integration, web-frameworks and event driven systems. In addition we contribute open source frameworks and applications to help advance smart grid and security solutions for the electric power industry.
PowerData NexGen Energy Partners, LLC is an owner and operator of distributed renewable energy systems sited at customers’ facilities. The company works with governments, schools, businesses and utilities across the nation to deliver its customers the benefits of clean energy without the capital investment and technical risk.
PowerData SDMyers has been a pioneer in transformer maintenance and service for nearly a half-century, a span that includes over 500,000 serviced transformers, one billion gallons of dielectric fluid processed, and 37 million test results. More than just an analytical lab, SDMyers is an innovator in transformer maintenance training, educating over 17,000 students, and 20,000 Transformer Maintenance Guides (TMI Guides) in circulation worldwide.
National Christian Foundation Every day, our team at the National Christian Foundation (NCF) serves generous givers just like you with creative solutions, like-minded relationships, and an online giving experience like no other. With God’s grace and provision, together, we’re mobilizing billions of dollars for the churches and ministries doing His work…around the corner, and around the world.

IEEE Societies

IEEE As the world’s largest technical association, IEEE is comprised of a variety of groups, active in publications, conferences, building technical communities, and societies.
Below are the IEEE operational units that are actively supporting the IEEE Smart Village initiative.
IEEE PES The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) provides the world’s largest forum for sharing the latest in technological developments in the electric power industry, for developing standards that guide the development and construction of equipment and systems, and for educating members of the industry and the general public. Members of the Power & Energy Society are leaders in this field, and they — and their employers — derive substantial benefits from involvement with this unique and outstanding association.
IEEE NPSS The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) originated in 1949 as the Professional Group on Nuclear Science within the IRE. At about the same time, the AIEE formed two committees, one on nucleonics, the other on nucleonic and radiation instruments. In 1963, the IRE and AIEE merged to form the IEEE. This resulted in the creation of the Nuclear Science Group. In 1972, Plasma Science was added and the group was promoted to a society. The NPSS is composed of eight technical committees, and a Transnational Committee, with a common interest in advancing nuclear and plasma sciences.
IEEE PELS The IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) is one of the fastest growing technical societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). For over 20 years, PELS has facilitated and guided the development and innovation in power electronics technology. This technology encompasses the effective use of electronic components, the application of circuit theory and design techniques, and the development of analytical tools toward efficient conversion, control and condition of electric power.
IEEE IAS IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) is one of the largest special interest societies within IEEE. The IAS focuses specifically on the unique needs of industry and commerce. IAS is a source of professional power to its nearly 10,000 worldwide members. Through a network of over 100 chapters globally, regional events and national and international conferences, the society keeps members abreast of current developments in the area of technology in electricity and electronics.
IEEE IES The IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) through its members encompasses a diverse range of technical activities devoted to the application of electronics and electrical sciences for the enhancement of industrial and manufacturing processes. These technical activities address the latest developments in intelligent and computer control systems, robotics, factory communications and automation, flexible manufacturing, data acquisition and signal processing, vision systems, and power electronics.
IEEE CES The Consumer Electronics Society (CES) is an organization within the IEEE that strives for the advancement of the theory and practice of Electronic Engineering and of the allied arts and sciences with respect to the field of Consumer Electronics and the maintenance of a high professional standing among its members, which now number over 5000. The society has long been the premier technical association in the Consumer Electronics Industry. The Consumer Electronics Society is truly international; its publications and presentations are authored by researchers from countries throughout the world.
IEEE SMC The IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMCS) mission is to serve the interests of its members and the community at large by promoting the theory, practice, and interdisciplinary aspects of systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics. It is accomplished through conferences, publications, and other activities that contribute to the professional needs of its members.
IEEE CSC The IEEE Council on SuperConductivity (CSC) promotes programs and activities that cover the science and technology of superconductors and their applications. Superconducting applications span the range from small scale analog and digital circuits and systems, to large scale applications of MRI, electrical power generation, storage, and transmission. Applications include the development and enhancement of the associated materials.
IEEE-SA IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is a leading consensus building organization that nurtures, develops & advances global technologies. IEEE-SA’s work drives the functionality, capabilities and interoperability of a wide range of products and services that transform the way people live, work and communicate.
IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Humanitarian Initiatives possesses a large network of volunteers around the world carrying out and/or supporting impactful humanitarian activities on the local level. This work is broken into five core areas: Projects providing local solutions, including the housing of the IEEE Special Interest Groups on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) program; Monitoring/evaluation/best practices, including metrics and impact assessment; Volunteer support activities, such as workshops, newsletter, training, awards, etc.; IEEE-external partnerships, such as with NGOs, governments, corporations, etc.; and Operations, including awareness/promotion, budget, and committee support.

Global Partners

Global Himalayan Expedition

Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) is an initiative that focuses on providing clean energy and education access to remote off-grid communities across the Himalayan ranges of north India. GHE’s objective is to implement technological solutions in a sustainable, scalable, and environmentally beneficial manner, leading to an overall development of the community while empowering the local village population. GHE conducts leadership expeditions that includes an international cast of volunteers, including IEEE members, who help setup IEEE seed-funded solar-powered microgrids as social community enterprises, all located above 13,000 feet.

Green Village Electricity Foundation

Green Village Electricity Foundation partners with corporate bodies, international non-profit organizations, multinationals and government agencies to provide affordable but reliable off-grid solar/wind hybrid electricity systems to remote settlements in Nigeria that are not connected the nation’s electricity grid.

SunBlazer Setup
Energy entrepreneurs installing a SunBlazer II. Date: 2012. Location: Cameroon. Photo by: Mike Wilson.

Recently charged up battery kits being carried by community members back to their homes. Date: 2012. Location: Haiti. Photo by: Ray Larsen.

Regis University

Regis University responds with a collaborative, integrated and affordable Master of Development Practice. It partners near and far to meet this challenge. IEEE Smart Village Scholarships are available to IEEE members and students whose MDP studies and in-country work support IEEE Smart Village’s commitment to local ownership and knowledge of basic development goods and services such as power generation, clean water and sanitation.

The Torchbearer Foundation

The Torchbearer Foundation’s goal is to improve life in Africa. Their method: Gather groups of the impoverished, disenfranchised and vulnerable believers, who through a grassroots movement, solve neighborhood and community problems.

Sirona Cares Foundation

Sirona Cares Foundation has worked for years on developing sustainable businesses in Haiti based upon alternative energy. The goal has always been to move from charity to self-sustaining programs that are Haitian-run enterprises. They have successfully worked in both biofuel and solar, and are now turning their experience into opportunity for small-scale entrepreneurs in Leogane, Haiti.

Village Help for South Sudan

Village Help for South Sudan provides development program management and coordinate village mobilization to enable villagers to do their own development work. Their projects deliver water, schools, teacher and student support, economic opportunity, appropriate technology and sanitation solutions to underserved communities in South Sudan.

Do you represent a foundation or NGO that would like to support IEEE Smart Village?

A “NGO Partner” may be in one of the following forms:

  • A dedicated and recognized non-profit humanitarian organization
  • A for-profit social enterprise with a clearly defined net revenue reinvestment into humanitarian initiatives

Potential NGO partners will be thoroughly vetted prior to acceptance. Criterion for selection into the IEEE Smart Village program is currently under development. Suffice it to say IEEE Smart Village will engage with well-established organizations that have a proven track record of successful humanitarian project implementation in their country of operation, a high degree of transparency and accountability, and have the resources to provide their share of program needs, both operationally and financially.


IEEE Smart Village members are all volunteers–dedicated professionals who sense a unique opportunity in history to help eradicate global poverty. Many are practicing engineers; some are educators, professors, managers, business owners, members of boards, doctors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and heads of NGOs with experience in developing countries. IEEE Smart Village always looks for the best and brightest to join in this project to impact the world.