IEEE Smart Grid 2025 Online Multiplayer Game Launches 17 March

PISCATAWAY, N.J.--()--IEEE, the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, today announced an innovative online game – Smart Grid 2025 – designed to explore what is needed to create the best possible future for Smart Grid. Co-sponsored by IEEE Spectrum and the Institute for the Future, Smart Grid 2025 is a multiplayer forecasting experiment launching on 17 March, 2011 at 12:00pm EDT (4:00pm UTC), and participants can register now at: http://game.smartgrid2025.org/.

Upon registration, Smart Grid 2025 participants will create a player then join hundreds of IEEE members and non-members from industry, academia and government online to help explore the future of intelligent power distribution and control. Starting with a video that sets the scene in 2025, players will develop dozens of different scenarios using 140-character “cards,” and spotlight unexpected challenges that others may be missing, help reveal solutions and shape the discourse around the Smart Grid. Smart Grid 2025 will run for 24 hours and players can spend as little as five minutes or several hours developing scenarios.

IEEE Spectrum (http://spectrum.ieee.org), which is known for exploring future technology trends and the impact of those trends on society and business, has joined forces with The Institute for the Future (http://www.iftf.org/), an independent nonprofit research group, to create this experimental environment for anyone directly involved in designing or deploying Smart Grid technologies or anyone interested in learning about Smart Grid.

Also being announced today is an IEEE volunteer-led initiative, partially sponsored by IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), called the “SMART Competition,” designed to expose high-school students to energy monitoring and conservation and lead them to create new solutions to better utilize resources.

The SMART Competition, which will take place early 2012, will provide a real-world application of technology to enable high-school students to address a critical environmental and energy challenge. In addition to the academic elements of the competition, the program will facilitate the development of workforce and life skills including computer analysis and software design, verbal and written communication, research, teamwork and problem solving.

The SMART Competition will focus on building design, smart grid monitoring under various facility and campus loading conditions, neighborhood impact, monitoring the impact on the grid by adding different loading (charging cars, events, day-of-week, etc). The beta program is being conducted March-July 2011 in select schools in Arizona, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Texas, using software donated by Bentley to support the complex requirements of the competition. Registrations for the SMART Competition open in November 2011. For more information on the SMART Competition and how to register your school to participate, contact Mike Andrews at m.andrews@ieee.org.

For details on all IEEE Smart Grid standards, conferences, publications and other valuable resources, please visit http://smartgrid.ieee.org/.

For the latest news and information, please follow @ieeesmartgrid on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ieeesmartgrid or join the growing community to discussing Smart Grid trends and issues at LinkedIn: IEEE Smart Grid.

In addition, read the latest articles written by leading authorities on Smart Grid and subscribe at no cost to the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter at: http://smartgrid.ieee.org/publications/smart-grid-newsletter

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Contacts

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Renee Ayer, 630-587-6476
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IEEE
Francine Tardo, 732-465-5865
f.tardo@ieee.org

Release Summary

IEEE Smart Grid 2025 Online Game Launches 17 March, Co-sponsored by IEEE Spectrum and Institute for the Future, it is a multiplayer forecasting experiment. Launching Smart Competition for high-schools

Contacts

Interprose Public Relations
Renee Ayer, 630-587-6476
renee.ayer@interprosepr.com
or
IEEE
Francine Tardo, 732-465-5865
f.tardo@ieee.org