Hundreds of events were organized by IEEE groups to mark the annual IEEE Day on 4 October.
IEEE Day commemorates the 1884 meeting in Philadelphia where members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, one of IEEE’s predecessor societies, gathered for the first time to share technical ideas. Here is a selection of the celebrations that were held this year.
To spark the interest of young women in engineering, dozens of chapters of the IEEE Photonics Society held individual “Introduce a Girl to Photonics” sessions at high schools and universities around the world. Workshops took place in Australia, Iran, and in several U.S. cities including Honolulu and Washington, D.C., with IEEE volunteers guiding participants through light and laser experiments.
The IEEE student branch at Sakarya University, in Turkey, visited an elementary school and staged hands-on demonstrations for the children related to electricity. To reach students at their universities, several student branches held events to get the word out about IEEE and the benefits of becoming a student member. For example, the IEEE student branch at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, held two workshops—one about technologies that help the underserved and another that offered research methods that could assist undergraduate students with their studies. It also held an inauguration ceremony for its new IEEE Women in Engineering affinity group.
Hackathons were another popular way to celebrate IEEE Day. The IEEE student branch at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, in New Delhi, held a hackathon for women. Participants were asked to present their ideas for software or hardware that could solve real-world problems.
Elsewhere in India, the student branch at the Indian Institute of Technology, Patna, held a hackathon in which students tried to come up with technology-based solutions to local problems related to sanitation, energy, and health care.
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Events included hundreds of social gatherings, including one at Valencia College, in Orlando, Fla., where IEEE student members set up photo booths and handed out free popcorn. They also held a workshop on building microcontrollers as well as a networking event.
The IEEE student branch at the University of Faisalabad, Pakistan, held a table tennis competition and a robot race, and students got the chance to exhibit projects they had been working on in their engineering classes.
Meanwhile, IEEE Palestine Section members took their pride in IEEE to the streets. They walked to Tulkarm’s downtown area wearing IEEE Day T-shirts, then held a banquet at a local community center.
The IEEE student branch at Hashemite University, in Zarqa, Jordan, won the annual IEEE Day photo contest, which asked for the best photos taken at celebrations. The branch received a US $750 prize.
The IEEE student branch at Jordan University of Science and Technology, in Irbid, won the video contest. The group received a $500 prize for its short video, “IEEE Leads Freshman to Professionality,” which portrays a freshman engineering student learning about IEEE, being mentored and receiving support from others in the student branch, and ultimately becoming a member himself.