IEEE SIGHT2020 SIGHT Week Celebration

The 2020 IEEE SIGHT Week celebration has been organized to foster a spirit of community for the global SIGHT network, increase awareness of IEEE SIGHT within IEEE, and celebrate the impact SIGHT volunteers and groups have made in 2020. It will take place from 29 November – 06 December.

Please join us in celebration by organizing one of the activities suggested below, or helping to spread the word by sharing a post on SIGHT’s FacebookInstagram, or Twitter!

The calendar of events is featured below, but be sure to follow SIGHT on its social media platforms for updates about webinars, panel sessions, and other opportunities!

Host a Virtual Event with your SIGHT Group

Due to the current global health situation and related complications caused by COVID-19, we strongly encourage our members to plan virtual activities and make good use of the professional education resources that both HAC & SIGHT have developed. Build your SIGHT group’s capacity through a workshop, webinar viewing, or online course! If you would like to host a virtual event but lack a platform to do so, please write to us at with your request.

Here are some ideas for virtual events:

Opportunities to Engage and Celebrate:

  • Encourage others to join IEEE SIGHT. Adding SIGHT to an IEEE membership is free! Non-IEEE members may also join by creating an IEEE account.
  • This year SIGHT will once again be participating in Giving Tuesday with the IEEE Foundation on 1 December. Consider celebrating on this day by making a donation to SIGHT! When you choose to support SIGHT, your donation of any amount will support new SIGHT groups and humanitarian and sustainable development projects. Ongoing support for project teams addressing the COVID-19 situation and its related consequences such as poverty and systemic inequalities will be vital in the year to come. Through your efforts, SIGHT can continue operating as a catalyst for change within IEEE and in underserved communities around the globe.

Calendar of Events: 

Opening Remarks: IEEE President-Elect Susan “Kathy” Land and SIGHT Steering Committee Chair Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan

Description: This session serves as the kick off for the 2020 SIGHT week celebration, with opening remarks from Susan “Kathy” Land, 2020 IEEE President-Elect, and Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan, 2019-2020 SIGHT Steering Committee Chair. They will cover the role of IEEE in a world facing the COVID pandemic, and what strategies IEEE can implement marching forward. Additionally, the SIGHT Chair will share details on the achievements SIGHT has made this year, the work of its volunteers, and the direction that will be taken in the future. A brief question and answer session will be held at the end of the session.

Date: 30 November

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EST


Giving Tuesday with the IEEE Foundation

Date: 01 December


Webinar: Photovoltaic Citizen Science Webinar

Description: This webinar explores how engineers and schools can collaborate to engage young students in real work with real consequences for themselves, their communities, and the globe. Convinced that middle school students can play powerful roles in imagining sustainable energy futures for their communities, we partnered with IEEE and the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) to develop a school-based agrivoltaics (agriculture + photovoltaics) citizen science program for middle school youth attending a Title 1 school in Phoenix Arizona. Teachers and faculty supported students as they not only learn about engineering, energy systems and agriculture, they also…

  • contribute to the science of engineering. Using a data acquisition device built by their teacher, students collect and analyze environmental data to compare conditions in their school garden with and without solar panels.
  • contribute to their community through energy engineering. Students decide community purposes for their gardens, make decisions about what crops to grow, and use the engineering design process to improve their garden and enhance their community.

The cross-disciplinary team will discuss:

  • How can adults meaningfully partner with youth to jointly support transitions towards sustainable energy futures using citizen science and community engineering?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of sustaining partnerships between engineers and schools for the purpose of fostering youth leadership in sustainable energy futures?

Presenters: Michelle Jordan, Stuart Bowden, Mayra Ramos-Molina, Amy McBeth, and Diane Hernandez

Date: 02 December

Time: 10:00 – 11:00am EST


Panel: IEEE SIGHT & Strategic Partners 

Description: This panel will focus on how integration with SIGHT can enrich the IEEE volunteer experience as well as avenues for partnership with SIGHT & IEEE Societies and other programs.

Date: 03 December

Time: 9:00 – 10:00am EST


Panel: Insights from IEEE HAC/SIGHT Project Leaders

Description: This panel will focus on project team’s work on an HAC/SIGHT funded project – either in response to COVID-19 or from 2019. Panelists will share about their projects, how it addressed a challenge in their local communities, how being involved with the project has been meaningful, and some advice for others who are either implementing their own projects, or interested in doing so.

Date: 04 December

Time: 9:00 – 10:00am EST


IEEE Bangalore Section SIGHT Conclave 2020

Description: From IEEE Bangalore Section SIGHT group, we have an event where each SIGHT group under IEEE Bangalore Section will be presenting their work during IEEE SIGHT week and we will be celebrating as “IEEE BANGALORE SECTION SIGHT CONCLAVE 2020” on 05 December.

Chief Guest: Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan, Global IEEE SIGHT Chair (2019-20).
Deepak Mathur, IEEE R10 Director (2021-22)

Date: 05 December

Time: 6:30am – 8:30am EST, 5:00pm – 7:00pm IST


Ask the Chair Session – “SIGHT Achievements in 2020, and Looking Ahead to 2021”

Description: This Ask the Chair session with IEEE SIGHT Chair Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan will cover what SIGHT has achieved in 2020, and the direction for both HAC and SIGHT in 2021. There will be a time of questions and answers with the audience – you may submit a question ahead of time, or ask it during the event.

Date: 06 December

Time: 9:30 – 10:30am EST


Webinar: Hands-on AI for Humanitarian Technology: Health Applications, hosted by the Montreal Section SIGHT Group

Description: If you would like to know guidelines on how to effectively apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) to concrete humanitarian challenges in our community, you cannot miss this event. AI is a buzzword nowadays… but, especially for non-experts, many questions might not be easy to answer, such as:

  • How can we get started with AI for real problems?
  • What types of humanitarian challenges can be solved?
  • Are there any successful projects already implemented in Canada?

Hopefully, by understanding the principles and knowing about successful applications from outstanding experts in this field, you will be motivated to develop projects that solve problems that matter in our society.

Date: 09 December

Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm EST


Webinar: Hands-on AI for Humanitarian Technology: Health Applications (Session 2), hosted by the Montreal Section SIGHT Group

Date: 10 December

Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm EST


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