In 2011, the SIGHT program was conceptualized and inaugurated in Kerala, India. Today, we have many reasons to celebrate the outstanding work accomplished by SIGHT volunteers. IEEE SIGHT Day 2023 will be held on Friday 28 April 2023, 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. 

Suggested Activities for SIGHT Groups: 

SIGHT Groups are encouraged or organize and host their own activities to celebrate SIGHT Day with their members, those from their Student Branch or Section, or other SIGHT Groups around the world. Need an idea for an activity? See the following list:

  • Workshop on lessons learned from a project
  • Webinar with invited guest speaker on the Group’s area of interest (should be related to humanitarian technology and sustainable development in the IEEE fields of interest in some way)
  • SIGHT webinar viewing 
  • HTB webinar viewing
  • Complete a course from the HTB/SIGHT Humanitarian Technology and Sustainable Development curriculum on the IEEE Learning Network (ILN)
  • Introduction to IEEE HTB/SIGHT presentation for your Student Branch, Society Chapter, or Section – please write to to request the content
  • Virtual meetings or networking events with other SIGHT Groups in your area or Region to discuss experiences and best practices
  • SIGHT Group planning meeting – discuss 2023 activities, or continue implementing a project or activity already begun
  • Record your SIGHT Story video together (see below)
  • Present on your SIGHT Group’s work at a SIGHT Group Social for your Region (see below)

If you would like to share a message about your Group’s planned activity with the global SIGHT community, please send the information and any supporting image to with your request to have the event be shared on the IEEE SIGHT social media pages.

For SIGHT Groups planning their own events – feel free to use the event announcement templates! There are three different sizes and three different versions to provide you with a quick resource to promote your SIGHT Day events. You will need to download the files in order to customize them.

Note to SIGHT Groups: If you host an event for SIGHT Day, please report it through IEEE’s vTools Events platform. This is a two step process – you will need to create the event first, and  report on its attendance afterwards. When you are creating an event in vTools, be sure to choose the “Humanitarian” category, and “SIGHT” sub-category. You should also list your SIGHT Group as the “host” for the event. Typing in the name or code of your SIGHT Group will allow you to select it.

2023 Events


IEEE President Keynote: Technologists’ Role in Addressing Climate Sustainability

Time & Date: Monday, April 24, 2023 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Session Description: This keynote session with the IEEE President and CEO Dr. Saifur Rahman will take place during the IEEE SIGHT Day global celebrations on Monday 24 April at 10:00 AM EDT. The session will focus on why humanitarian technology activities are important for IEEE, and the role technologists can play in addressing sustainable development challenges, especially those related to climate change. The session will be hosted by the 2023 IEEE SIGHT Committee Chair, Professor Mohamed Essaaidi.

Chat with the Chairs

Time & Date: 26 April 2023 9:00am EDT/1:00pm UTC/6:00pm IST

Session Description: Do you have a question about humanitarian technology activities at IEEE? Are you curious about some of the offerings from the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Board? Have you wondered how to start an IEEE SIGHT Group? Join us for an intentional, interactive time to ask the IEEE HTB and SIGHT Chairs for advice and suggestions relating to sustainable development projects and other HTB offerings. Learn about their past volunteering experience, and goals for 2023.

You may also submit a question ahead of time by completing this form – Be sure to register for the event so you can hear the response to your question.


SIGHT Awards Ceremony

Time & Date: 26 April 2023 10:30 EDT/2:30pm UTC/3:30pm CET

Session Description:Hear from the 2022 IEEE SIGHT Volunteer of the Year and representatives from the 2022 IEEE SIGHT Groups of the Year during the IEEE SIGHT Awards Ceremony! This event will share and celebrate what our award recipients have done in the past year with the IEEE SIGHT global community.

The recipients, the IEEE Kerala Section SIGHT Group, the IEEE ESPRIT Student Branch SIGHT Group (from Tunisia), and Dr. Jawad Y. Siddiqui from the IEEE Antennas & Propagation SIGHT Group, will have the chance to briefly share about their SIGHT experience and take questions from attendees.


24 Hours of IEEE SIGHT

Time & Date: 28 April 2023
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Session Description: On 28 April 2023, all established SIGHT Groups are invited to sign up for a 30 minute time slot to share information on what their Groups have done recently and are planning for the rest of 2023, best practices and lessons learned, recommendations for Group member engagement, and a message of encouragement to other SIGHT Groups around the world. SIGHT Group Officers and members are invited to present. Please coordinate with the other members of your Group before requesting a time slot to allow us to plan our platform and agenda accordingly. After completing the registration form, you will receive more details about the event, such as the schedule and link to the platform.

SIGHT Group Events

Can you hear our voice? Background of the Destruction and Ways Forward after February 2023 Earthquakes in Türkiye

Time & Date: 28 April 2023 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm EDT

Session Description:

IEEE SIGHT Montreal is proud to present “Can you hear our voice? Background of the Destruction and Ways Forward after February 2023 Earthquakes in Türkiye” – an insightful event featuring guest speaker Fatma Özdoğan. Join us as we explore the potential of technology in mitigating the impact of natural disasters and improving our ability to respond to them. In this event, Fatma will be discussing the first humanitarian crisis, urgent needs, disaster intervention and challenges. She will talk about the planning and decision-making process and its impact on the environment. Then she will introduce briefly how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) were used in intervention and coordination.

Is your SIGHT Group hosting an event for SIGHT Day that you would like to promote? Write to to share a description and registration details so we can help publicize the event.

Share Your SIGHT Story!

Calling all SIGHT members! If you would like to share the story of what you and your SIGHT Group have done recently, send a video to! Your story can inspire others to do something similar. All videos should be no longer than 2 minutes and in English (or with subtitles). Videos can be fun and creative, feature a picture slideshow, or interviews with your Group members. Those received will be shared on the IEEE SIGHT social media pages or the HTB/SIGHT channel on youtube, as appropriate.