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.

Our Vision, Mission & Values


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.


In 2011, the SIGHT program was conceptualized and launched in Kerala, India by former IEEE Humanitarian Ad Hoc Committee Chair and IEEE Kerala Section Chair Amarnath Raja.

A Note from the Chair

Dear esteemed SIGHT members,

It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you into the new year of 2021 and to wish all of you a prosperous period within the same year. 2020 brought a lot of unforeseen challenges and unpleasant shocks which in certain cases made life quite difficult. However, it is encouraging to see that so many SIGHT volunteers across the globe used and continue to use their engineering and professional knowledge and skills to create solutions to the challenges that the world currently faces.

These efforts are indeed welcome, for they inspire and motivate us to have hope and to move forward into the future. As volunteers, we have to strengthen our commitment as we traverse these trying times, knowing that they do not only come with challenges but with opportunities as well. It is clear that our world today provides the opportunity to face reality by standing on our feet and providing solutions to these challenges as we move forward. 

As I assume my responsibilities as a SIGHT Chair, I invite you to join me so that together we may work to bring about sustainable transformative change within our communities. I look forward to working with you to take SIGHT to greater heights of success and prosperity.

I thank you once again and wish you all the best for 2021.

Best regards,

Lwanga Herbert

2021 IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee Chair

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Lwanga Herbert
SIGHT Steering Committee Chair

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