The IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) program, instituted by the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC).
IEEE SIGHT is a global network of groups consisting of IEEE members and volunteers who identify and address local problems by applying their technical skills and partnering with their local communities.
Underserved communities around the world are able to benefit from technology as they seek sustainable solutions to development challenges.
The Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) program is a network of IEEE volunteers around the globe that partner with underserved communities and local organizations to leverage technology for sustainable development.
SIGHT focuses on sustainable solutions that make a longterm difference in the lives of people.
SIGHT operates through local volunteers and partners working with local communities.
For SIGHT, success is only achieved through partnerships, starting with the community and extending to government organizations, NGOs, schools, hospitals, companies, and others.
For SIGHT and its volunteers to be both effective and sustainable, continuous training and education is essential.
“Local” is defined by the fact that key leaders of the project are citizens and/or permanent residents of the geographical area in which the project is to take place.
I first learned of the existence of SIGHT five years ago. As a member of the team organizing the 2013 Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, I recognized that the time had come to start our own SIGHT group in the Santa Clara Valley Section. That was the beginning of an exciting journey for our Silicon Valley team.
The accomplishments of SIGHT groups worldwide over the years are impressive, and have gained increasing recognition both within IEEE and beyond. As a global team, you have made valuable contributions to many dozens of communities, “bringing the benefits of technology to humanity” and inspiring more volunteers to join your ranks.
The leadership provided over the years by Satish Babu, Kartik Kulkarni and Tim Lee has been effective and inspiring. I was therefore deeply honored by the invitation to follow their lead, serving as Chair of the SIGHT Steering Committee this year.
With your support and their continued service as advisors, I’m confident we can accomplish great things this year.Back to Top
SIGHT Steering Committee Chair