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.


An Awareness Program by IEEE for Farmers on Electrical Accidents & Their Prevention

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IAS SIGHT presentation

Audience listens to presentation

This program was organized by IEEE Hyderabad Section and Bharat Institute of Engineering & Technology on 12 November 2016 at Parigi market committee office which is 50 miles away from Hyderabad City, India. Program in charge Mr. Satish and IEEE Hyderabad Section Chairman Dr. Lakshminarayana addressed and interacted with about 50 farmers who attended. They told them that electrical accidents can be avoided if basic precautions are taken. The number of deaths due to electrical accidents is increasing in the state year by year and it is very high at 400 last year. Most of the above deaths occurred in the agricultural sector. One of the frequent causes is electrical shocks due to use of defective pump motor starters. Shocks can be eliminated if the starters are enclosed in non-metallic fire resistant plastic boxes, using high-quality starter components and proper wiring and installation at a height of about 5 ft above ground rigidly a sample of such starter was shown to the audience.

Satish Chaparala (center) uses a microphone to do the demonstration. He is joined by a farmer representative (left), Dr. Lakshminarayana (right), Chair, IEEE Hyderabad Section, and IEEE student members from BIET (back row).

Farmers were alerted against deaths due to electric shock and burns caused by farmers themselves attempting to replace fuses, etc.  on transformer as they are not trained or authorised.  What to do to prevent deaths when a live overhead line wire snaps and falls on ground or a bus in which people are travelling is also explained.  All these and other common mistakes due to which people die due to electricity and how one can escape deaths were shown through a new 15 minute film made by IEEE Hyderabad Section. The marketing committee chairman and farmers said the film impressed and benefitted them by creating awareness in the subject of electrical accidents prevention.

Expert Help for Deep-Sea Catch

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Hobbled by dwindling catch, obsolete equipment, and poor safety measures, the embattled deep-sea fishing community in South India is seeking assistance of technology experts and engineering students to modernise operations and make fishing more sustainable.

Green Transportation to Connect Rural Communities

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Researchers at BRAC University have conducted research to develop an environment friendly and cost-effective solar assisted electric tri-wheelerby, integrating the innovative torque sensor technology for the first time on the vehicle.

Four IEEE SIGHT Groups Help Rural and Underserved Communities

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With more than 426,000 members, IEEE is capable of doing a world of good. Volunteers in almost two dozen countries are applying their engineering expertise to humanitarian causes at the local level. They’re holding computer classes and bringing LEDs to low-income communities in India, for example, and organizing technology workshops in Colombia and Uganda.

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