IEEE SIGHT DAY 2021 – CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF IEEE SIGHT
In 2011, the SIGHT program was conceptualized and inaugurated in Kerala, India. Ten years later, we have many reasons to celebrate the outstanding work accomplished by SIGHT volunteers. IEEE SIGHT Day 2021 will be held on Wednesday 28 April, to foster a spirit of community for the global SIGHT network, increase awareness of IEEE SIGHT within IEEE, promote the opportunity to support SIGHT financially, and celebrate the impact SIGHT volunteers and groups are making. Activities are being planned from 25 April – 1 May, so there will be multiple opportunities to take part.
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 unless local restrictions allow for in-person gatherings. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. Feel free to host a SIGHT Day event all through April! Here are some ideas for virtual events:
- Workshop on lessons learned from a project
- SIGHT webinar viewing
- Complete a training together
- Complete an HAC/SIGHT course from the Sustainable Development curriculum on the IEEE Learning Network (ILN) (there are six to choose from!)
- Introduction to HAC/SIGHT presentation – write to email@example.com for a copy of the presentation. This information would be helpful for new SIGHT Groups, or new members to an existing SIGHT Group.
- Virtual meetings with other SIGHT groups in your area to discuss experiences and best practices
- SIGHT group meeting to plan roadmap of 2021 activities
ATTEND A VIRTUAL WEBINAR, PANEL, OR ASK THE CHAIR SESSION
The session will highlight why humanitarian activities are important for IEEE, the vision of the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC), the genesis of SIGHT Day, recent achievements of HAC and IEEE SIGHT, and more.
Date & Time: 26 April, 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT
Presenters: Ms. S. Kathy Land, 2021 IEEE President & CEO, Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan, 2021 Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) Chair, and Lwanga Herbert, 2021 SIGHT Chair
Date & Time: 28 April, 8:30am – 9:30am EDT
- Engineers Assisting Ventilator Maintenance – Gidy Florez
- Web-based Application for Tracing COVID-19 in East Java Province, Indonesia – Diana Purwitasari
- The Hands Free Opening Door System – Eunice Namugenyi
This panel will highlight three different instances of how IEEE HAC/SIGHT funded project leaders responded to the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in their local communities. Panelists from Brazil, Indonesia, and Uganda will share about their projects, how they addressed a challenge in their local communities, steps that were critical to the project’s success, challenges faced, advice for others who are either implementing their own projects, or interested in doing so.
Date & Time: 28 April, 10:00am – 11:00am EDT
- Tele-operated wheelchair with negative pressure isolation hood – Dr. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam
- Code with WIE – Let’s Rise Together – Dr. Akila Wijethunge
- Milo Grogan 365 Fresh Produce Farm – Mr. Carl Lee
- Dental Aerosol Containment Equipment for the Prevention of COVID-19 in Malaysia – Dr. Fatanah Mohamad Suhaimi
This panel will highlight four different instances of how IEEE HAC/SIGHT funded project leaders responded to the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in their local communities. Panelists from India, Sri Lanka, the United States, and Malaysia will share about their projects, how they addressed a challenge in their local communities, steps that were critical to the project’s success, challenges faced, advice for others who are either implementing their own projects, or interested in doing so.
Date & Time: 30 April, 9:00am EDT – 10:00am EDT
- IEEE EDS & HAC – Dr. Fernando Guarin, IEEE EDS Jr. Past President
- IEEE APS & HAC – Dr. Jawad Siddiqui, IEEE APS SIGHT Chair
- IEEE MTTS & HAC – Dr. Jose Rayas-Sanchez, IEEE MTTS SIGHT Co-Chair
- IEEE Entrepreneurship & HAC – Mr. Ken Stauffer, Member of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee
This panel that will showcase the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC)’s past and ongoing collaborations with IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (APS), IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTTS), IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS), and IEEE Entrepreneurship. The panel will highlight potential avenues for collaboration with HAC, and how partnerships across IEEE can enrich the member experience.
PARTICIPATE IN THE SIGHT DAY 2021 TRIVIA CHALLENGE!
How much do you know about IEEE HAC/SIGHT? Test your knowledge on the history, structure, offerings, and recent activities of both the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) and IEEE SIGHT with the SIGHT Day 2021 Trivia Challenge. Those who answer all questions correctly will be recognized as a IEEE SIGHT Day Champion, and entered into a raffle to win an IEEE SIGHT prize! (P.S. answers to all questions can be found on either hac.ieee.org or sight.ieee.org)
The Trivia Challenge will be held from Sunday, 25 April – Saturday 1 May.
SHARE YOUR SIGHT MEMORY
This year, we celebrate 10 years of IEEE SIGHT. How did you first learn about IEEE SIGHT? Share your memory with the global network of SIGHT volunteers. Send us a short video with how you first learned about IEEE SIGHT, how you have volunteered for SIGHT, one thing you have learned by participating in SIGHT activities, and why would you encourage others to get involved.
All videos should be no longer than 30 seconds and recorded in good lighting with minimum background noise. Send in to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your Facebook profile link (if you would like to be tagged when it is posted).
DONATE TO IEEE SIGHT
Another way to celebrate SIGHT Day is by donating to the IEEE SIGHT Fund of the IEEE Foundation. So many IEEE members are already supporting IEEE HAC & IEEE SIGHT through very generous gifts of time and talent! However, if you would also be interested in donating your “treasure” as well, we ask that you consider this opportunity. Make your donation of US$10 to celebrate the 10 years of IEEE SIGHT! Thanks to the support of IEEE HAC & SIGHT Committee Members, your donation to the IEEE SIGHT Fund of the IEEE Foundation could be doubled!
A contribution of any amount will help form the IEEE sustainable development leaders of the future and incubate projects that will support IEEE’s mission of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity in local communities around the globe.
Be sure to follow SIGHT on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on daily activities and opportunities to celebrate. Contribute to our online community celebration by posting with the hashtag #SIGHTDay2021.