The Gen-X Theatre is a platform in Africa where young, aspiring engineers and professionals can share their insights alongside the main conference speakers. Hear from the future leaders in the power industry daily on the exhibition floor.

The Gen-X Theatre is FREE to ALL attendees at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018. Make sure you take a seat and listen to the future of the African power market. 

For the current schedule please see below. Schedule is subject to change.
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POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa gives students a chance to shine for Nelson Mandela Day

Gen-X Theatre to showcase rising African power talent

POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, Africa’s premier power industry event, will give South African students an opportunity to showcase their work and engage with leaders in the power field this month, in honour of Nelson Mandela Day.

The Gen-X Theatre, pioneered by POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa advisory board member Bertha Dlamini three years ago, gives the next generation of power sector professionals a unique opportunity to present their ideas and engage with industry leaders and VIPs from across the continent and the world. Gen-X also creates a setting where aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators can be discovered by prospective funders and financiers.

This year, a partnership has also been secured with European Utility Week to be held from 6 - 8 November 2018 Vienna, Austria, to enroll the top three Gen-X presenters in their Initiate! Young Talent Programme - EUW in Vienna. “This will be a lifetime experience for our young stars in energy,” says Dlamini.

Since inception in 2015, Gen-X has received support from SAIEE, ABB South Africa, City Power and Matleng Energy Solutions. It has supported 20 students from South Africa and Swaziland.

Previous participants report that the Gen-X experience has been hugely beneficial for them in a number of ways. “This is a great initiative. It exposes young researchers in engineering to best practice, technologies and experts. This gives us a chance to get input, ideas and feedback from the outside world to improve our work,” said Siyanda Biyela, an M.Sc Engineering (Elec) student at Wits.

“This opportunity [helped build] my confidence in the energy industry through exposure, reading, writing and presenting,” said Thembinkosi Maphosa, a PhD student at the UWC School of Business and Finance.

“Gen-X seeks to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the power sector, and with support from the power sector, we would like to expand the initiative to include students from across Africa,” said Dlamini.

Running from 12:45 to 14:30 in the exhibition area on all three days of POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, the Gen-X Theatre will include talks by African industry leaders and presentations by young electrical engineers and post-graduate students from South Africa. The presentations will be adjudicated and awards presented for the best papers.

In support of Nelson Mandela Day, POWER-GEN & DistribuTECHAfrica has sponsored R 30 000.00 to this important initiative.

Please CLICK HERE to view the full Gen-X Theatre Press Release