About IEEE SIGHT

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

Vision

Underserved communities around the world are able to benefit from technology as they seek sustainable solutions to development challenges.

Mission

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.

Values

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.

A Note from the Chair

Dear IEEE SIGHT volunteers,

Greetings!

As the 2019 IEEE SIGHT steering committee chair, I’m humbled and honored to serve you all this year. My story with IEEE started as a student involved in developing software solutions to assist children with Autism in India. Over the years, I have been actively engaged in several IEEE humanitarian-based initiatives. I commenced my volunteer journey for IEEE SIGHT as a reviewer for the projects committee in 2014 and eventually led the projects committee from 2015 – 2017. On the personal front, this volunteering journey with SIGHT has strong alignment with my passion to serve the under-represented community through technological innovations.

In my view, volunteers are the pillars of the SIGHT global operations and are the force behind driving the feet on the ground initiatives. Without you, the story of SIGHT progress and growth is not complete. Serving the needs of the SIGHT groups and volunteers  will be the core mission of my incoming team in 2019.

This year we plan to introduce a program to increase the interaction between SIGHT groups and SSC leadership. The motivation behind this effort is to provide a platform for all SIGHT groups to connect directly with the SIGHT global leaders and seek guidance on topics of interest related to SIGHT activities. I believe such an interaction will motivate volunteers at grass root levels and convey the vision of SSC more effectively.

Finally, I take this opportunity to thank the 2018 SSC, all of the Subcommittee members, SIGHT volunteers, staff team for their wonderful efforts and support in 2018. Special thanks to Mr. Daniel Lottis, 2018 IEEE SSC chair and Staff leaders: Julianna Pichardo and Holly Schneider Brown for their outstanding service.

I thank the IEEE BoD, 2019 IEEE HAC leadership for providing me with this opportunity to work with you in 2019. We are here to serve you and together as a team I look forward to travel this journey to raise the bar for SIGHT’s performance this year.

Please reach us at sight@ieee.org for any support.

Best,

Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan

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Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan
SIGHT Steering Committee Chair

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