Congratulations to Illac Angelo Diaz who was recently accepted into the 2014 TED Fellows Program! Illac is an energy entrepreneur from the Philippines who started Liter of Light, a foundation that brings low-cost, eco-friendly light to communities living without electricity around the world. The technology is simple – sunshine, a plastic bottle, water, and chlorine. Thanks to Illac and his team, people in Manila and in typhoon affected areas of the Philippines now have access to light in their homes.
The TED Fellows Program is a global network of innovators and trailblazers that seeks to help spread new ideas. As part of the program, Illac will be speaking at the TEDGlobal 2014 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (October 6-10).
Illac is also an alumus of the U.S. Department of State’s Humphrey Program. As a Humphrey Fellow, Illac studied and conducted research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States, where he first started working on the Liter of Light project. The Humphrey Program provides a year of experience in the U.S. to experienced professionals from designated countries undergoing development or political transition.
Do you want to help your community like Illac? Do you have an innovative project idea? Apply for a YSEALI Seeds for the Future grant starting July 15!