IEEE Volunteers Growing Food and Opportunities in Nicaragua

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Joint-funding program fuels partnership in HAC and EDS

IEEE volunteers worked together to benefit a local community and further their own skills by joining the humanitarian technology project, Automated and Sustainable Drip Irrigation System in Rural Nicaragua. As part of the new joint-funding project model, IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) and IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) provided co-funding to maximize project impact.

Created A Covid-19 Monitoring Application, ITS Lecturer Team’s Project Approved by IEEE

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ITS Campus, ITS News – Following up on the collaboration of the monitoring website of Covid-19 (Corona Virus Desease-2019) patients,, with the East Java Provincial Health Office, the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), represented by a team of lecturers, successfully developed a mobile version in the form of an application, in collaboration with IEEE SIGHT (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology).

They are Dr. Diana Purwitasari S.Kom., M.Sc., Prof. Dr. Ir. Mauridhi Hery Purnomo M.Eng,, Dr. Umi Laili Yuhana S.Kom., M.Sc., Dr. Berlian Al Kindhi S.S.T., M.T., Agus Budi Raharjo S.Kom., M.Kom., P.hD., Argo Winoto, Vincentius Raki Mahindara S.T., Amir Mu’tashim Billah, Ahmad Laroy Bafi; a group of ITS lecturers, students, and a Covid-19 analyst who succeeded in creating a project entitled Web Based Application for Tracing Covid-19 in East Java Province, Indonesia. It is a mobile version application used to monitor Covid-19 patients’ data and visualization of its location in the East Java region.

Study: Millennial parents are more likely to consider AI for their kids’ health

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IEEE Fellow and 2019 IEEE SIGHT Projects Subcommittee Chair Karen Panetta was interviewed by Karen Roby at TechRepublic about a recent IEEE study that shows millennial parents are open to using leading AI technologies for their children’s health care.

“This is the third year that IEEE has been looking at artificial intelligence and the public perception of it with all the advances that are coming out. Most people think artificial intelligence is this magic black box. But those of us in the field understand that it really is very robust, proven technology. So, how do we look at how the public is going to accept it?”

IEEE SIGHT 2020 Steering Committee & Subcommittee Call for Applicants

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IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) welcomes applicants for the 2020 Steering Committee and related subcommittees.

The IEEE SIGHT 2020 Steering Committee (SSC) will consist of:

  • IEEE SIGHT 2020 Chair – appointed by IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) Chair
  • IEEE SIGHT Immediate Past Chair
  • Projects & Assessment Chair
  • Operations Chair
  • Education Chair
  • Communications Chair

This document includes the position descriptions for the open roles on the 2020 SSC and information on the subcommittees they chair. Please apply for either SSC or subcommittee membership using the 2020 Steering Committee Nomination Form – by 30 October 2019.

2019 SIGHT Awards

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This year, the SIGHT Steering Committee (SSC) is piloting two program awards in order to recognize individual SIGHT volunteers and SIGHT groups for their leadership and contributions centered around SIGHT activities.

2019 IEEE SIGHT Volunteer of the Year Award


The purpose of this award is to recognize a professional or student member of IEEE who has made an outstanding contribution to IEEE SIGHT and a local underserved community by leveraging technology to accomplish a sustainable solution. This individual has made a long­-term positive impact in the partner community and her or his SIGHT group, exhibiting constant dedication and commitment to furthering the IEEE SIGHT mission.

Can Technology be a Lifeline – Neopenda device to monitor newborns’ vital signs

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The Washington Post brand studio (content from Cisco) published an article on Neopenda‘s wearable device to monitor newborns’ vital signs – an organization that IEEE SIGHT Uganda has collaborated with through SIGHT and HAC funding! Check out the story and video.

Additional reading – the SIGHT blog post on the project –


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This article interviews Bruce Buffalo, project team leader for a 2018 funded SIGHT project in Maskwacis, Canada, a place formerly cut-off from the online world. Maskwacis is an impoverished First Nations Canadian community grappling with addiction, unemployment, and suicide. Like many other indigenous reserves, it is a place with little access or connection to the Internet. Bruce Buffalo, a Maskwacis resident and self-taught engineer, founded the Mamawapowin Technology Society (MTS) with the objective of bringing free internet connection to Maskwacis.

“Mamawapowin” – the Cree word for bringing people together – aptly describes MTS’s mission statement: “To bring rural, First Nations people together through connectivity.”


HAC-sponsored event “Experiences in the Deployment of Emerging Technologies”

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IEEE Argentina Section and IES 9-012 “San Rafael en Informática” held its technical workshop on “Experiences in the Deployment of Emerging Technologies” from 22 – 23 November, 2018 in San Rafael, Argentina. This was one of the events that HAC sponsored in 2018.

Speakers from the United States, Central America and Argentina participated in the event.  Topics addressed included renewable energy, computing, bio-engineering, implications of technology in society, and electrical and electromechanical engineering.

IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) First Call 2019 Notice

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From 21 December 2018 through 31 January 2019, the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) is soliciting proposals to support Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Technology initiatives that align with the IEEE Board-endorsed vision of IEEE volunteers carrying out and/or supporting impactful humanitarian activities at the local level. HAC provides multiple opportunities for IEEE individuals and organizational units (OUs) to apply for and receive funding for projects, events, and conference participation support.


  • Submission deadline for HAC Projects Call 1 is 21 January 2019
  • Submission deadline for HAC Events Call 1 is 24 January 2019
  • Submission deadline for IEEE SIGHT Projects Call 1 is 28 January 2019
  • Submission deadline for HAC Conference Participation Call 1 is 31 January 2019


Eligibility requirements and full details for these four calls may be found at the HAC website.

Please note, later in Q1 2019 HAC will be releasing an updated call with further deadlines for 2019. Information will be posted on

RAS SIGHT project “Speak Up” receives two awards!

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The project “Enhancing the Speak Up! Suite of Voice Powered Games,” completed by Amal Nanavati, M. Bernardine Dias, and Aaron Steinfeld won two awards; The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s award for “Best Multi-Year Project” and The Dietrich Humanities Prize.


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