Have you ever been out of town for an IEEE meeting, conference, or event and wanted an easy way to meet up with someone you know from IEEE? Now there’s an app that can help you find colleagues near you and create an IEEE meetup event, any place at any time. It’s available for free from Apple iTunes and Google Play.
During an IEEE Board of Directors retreat session in January 2017, a group of IEEE staff members and IEEE Young Professionals members assembled, with Senior Member Cherif Amirat, IEEE chief information officer, as the leader. The group came up with short- and long-term goals to ensure IEEE leverages next-generation tools and a modern IT infrastructure to support existing and upcoming programs. In July, the group met again and devised a plan to create an IEEE mobile app that would be useful to all IEEE professionals.
The group approached the IEEE Mobile Center of Excellence, which is developing apps for IEEE groups. The center is part of the organization’s IT department, in Piscataway, N.J. The app, developed late last year, was launched in February at the Board of Directors meeting, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Aside from helping users network with other IEEE members, the new app also has a news feed with the latest articles from The Institute, IEEE Spectrum, and other IEEE sources.
Users can locate and communicate with other members and schedule, manage, and join informal ad-hoc meetings. Members also can use the app to update their IEEE profile and preferences.
The team is in the process of introducing new features. To weigh in on the future of the app, join the advisory group.
Priscilla Amalraj is the senior director of the IEEE Mobile Center of Excellence, in Piscataway, N.J.