Gen X Theatre Africa is a life-changing, corporate social responsibility initiative and an empowering non-profit organisation that aims to support and accelerate youth participation in Energy and Power in Africa.
Before 2015, students submitted their proposed papers to the POWER-GEN and DistribuTECH advisory boards, and if the papers did not meet the criteria for one of the conference tracks, they were rejected.
Advisory board member, Ms. Bertha Dlamini, identified the opportunity to develop a student talent showcase programme.
She partnered with Penwell, POWER-GEN and DistribuTECH Africa to create a platform for these students to present their papers at the exhibition area.
The Gen X Theatre Africa was created – a theatre for students and young professionals in the power and energy sector.
It affords students and young professionals the opportunity to present their papers to an international audience, thereby, providing them with information across the power and energy value chain.
Participants receive recognition for their excellent work and are given the opportunity to be mentored and coached for a determined period, together with other prizes.
The Gen X Theatre Africa contributes to the following SDGs of the 17
Gen X Africa is aligned with three UN global Sustainable Development Goals:
Its ambitious goal is to support students and emerging entrepreneurs in the power sector by giving them an opportunity to interact with a high-level, well-connected international audience in the energy field. A door-opener, for youth, it provides youth in the energy market with information on: prospective employers, potential financiers for their academic or entrepreneurial journey and networks necessary to support their sustainable participation in the sector.
Our ambition is to draw participants from countries in the Southern African Power Pool and the Eastern African Power Pool as well as Nigeria and Ghana.
Young people are eager to participate in the Energy sector. They care about the future of energy, and they want to make a difference. They recognise that the sector offers opportunities to address many of the challenges experienced by their communities. Unfortunately, there are formidable barriers to entry, including access to reliable information and forums for engagement.
We are targeting students and young professionals completing the following qualifications:
Gen X Theatre Africa in one of three industry initiatives founded by Ms Dlamini supporting women and youth participation in the Energy and Power Sector in Africa:
The Gen X Theatre Africa enables students and young professionals in the power and energy sector to present their papers to an international audience.
Most importantly, it also provides them with information across the power and energy value chain.
Support Young Entrepreneurs
Providing support for young entrepreneurs in the Energy Sector.
So how do we do it?
- We create a presentation theatre at an international conference
- We invite students and young professionals in Energy and Power to submit abstracts of their academic papers for assessment by our advisory board
- Top papers are selected and students invited to participate
- Students and young professionals present their paper in front of an esteemed panel of adjudicators
- The top papers are announced at the end of the conference and winners receive a number of prizes plus access to mentors and couches in the industry