The World Bank recently started “South Asia Gender and Energy” (SAGE) initiative with a plan to establish a “Women in Power Sector Network in South Asia (WePOWER)” to promote women engineers and practitioners in the energy and power sector, and bring normative change regarding women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.

The example of the value propositions are:

  • Capacity building
  • Networking and mentorship for women engineers for career advancement
  • Exposure to technology and utility/energy sector in developed countries
  • Access to information and conferences
  • Recruitment opportunities
  • Exposure and encouragement to women students to pursue energy sector engineering jobs as a viable career option
The World Bank has identified leaders in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan and other South Asian Countries to carry out the activities mentioned above. The WePOWER Track of IEEE YESIST12 is one such activity to encourage students pursuing Electrical Engineering and other related streams to work on the power related projects pertaining to the theme given based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

WePOWER History

WePOWER Track was introduced in 2019 to promote and encourage girls from the electrical and power and energy background to continue their education & / career in this field. The track witnessed participation from 8 countries since the start in 2019. In 2020, several online events were conducted including webinars, panel discussion and a 6-days international boot camp on “Energy Modelling in Industry”; with over 300 participants from 30+ countries.

Sustainable Energy: Meeting the rising energy demands

Points to be noted by the participants (general procedure):

Rules and Regulations

Abstract Selection Process

Problem Definition & User Definition
Solution and Implementation
Potential for social impact
Presentation & Project to Product level

Stage 1: Call for abstracts

Abstract submission is opened to anybody who is interested in taking part for WePOWER. Call for abstracts will go globally. Participants should submit their abstracts through the online form (available in website). Potential and innovative projects are selected for the finals and the teams are intimated via mail.

Stage 2: Finals

Selected teams will present their project works before the jury during the finals. Evaluation will be carried out based on the criteria.

Event Updates

  • Important Dates
  • Awards
  • Reg. Fee
  • Finale
Call for abstracts begin: April 15, 2021
Last date for abstract submission: May 15, 2021
Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2021
Registration to the finals: August 15, 2021

First Prize - 500 USD

Second Prize - 250 USD

Certificates will be provided for the participants

Registration Fee for the final round:
40 USD

Details will be updated soon!

Co-Chair 1

Ms. Preethy V. Warrier
Co-Chair | WePOWER
Email ID: [email protected]
Ph: +91 9567 23 63 87

Co-Chair 2

Mr. Ramneek Kalra
Co-Chair | WePOWER
Email ID: [email protected]
Ph: +91 7404 13 17 47