2.6 billion people in the developing world lack access to reliable electricity

Rachel Kyte

CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN- Energy

Malavika Jain Bambawale

Partner with Dalberg Advisors in Singapore

Deepali Khanna

Managing Director of Asia Regional Office, The Rockefeller Foundation

Ashley Pettus

Founder and Director of the Global HearthWorks Foundation

Tareq Emtairah

Director of the Department of Energy at UNIDO

Toby Harward

Head of UNHCR

Zack Bongiovanni

Head of Global Partnerships, Emerging Markets at YouTube

Ken Hayes

Executive Director, Cleantech Open

Ravi Gurumurthy

Chief Innovation Officer - International Rescue Committee

Scoring Criteria


The solution addresses the challenge that has been set forth.

Potential for Impact:

The planned implementation of the solution has the potential to impact lives. 


The solution can be grown and scaled to affect the lives of more people.

Innovative Approach:

This is a new technology, a new application of a technology, a new business model, or a new process for solving the challenge.


It is feasible to implement the solution, and the team has a plan for the solution to sustain itself financially.

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