Do you have a technical bent and like to share pictures of things you’ve invented? Or maybe you want to show a prospective employer a video of a device you’ve built. Sure, you could post on Instagram, the popular photo- and video-sharing service. But then people interested in your work would have to sort through all sorts of images. IEEE is lending a helping hand—or rather a helping app. Today IEEE launched its own media-sharing app for those who want to exchange only engineering-related images.
IEEE Open Engineer lets you post pictures and 30-second videos from your smartphone or tablet onto a media-sharing platform where others may view and comment on them. You can download the free app from the Apple App or the Google Play store.
“The IEEE Open Engineer app gives us the opportunity to upload unique engineering stuff, and share it with others who have our common passion for engineering, from anywhere in the world,” says IEEE Senior Member Juan Carlos Montero, vice president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s Membership and Image.
The app is the second developed by the IEEE Mobile Center of Excellence, which is developing applications for IEEE groups. The center is part of IEEE’s IT department in Piscataway, N.J. The IEEE Event Finder, launched in September, was the first. More are in the works.
HOW IT STARTED
The new app is based on one developed in 2014 by the IEEE Power & Energy Society that allowed its conference attendees to share photos from the event and have others comment on them. It was such a hit that the society, led by Montero, set out to create an app with more bells and whistles that would be broadly available. The society applied for and received US $38,000 in funding from the IEEE New Initiatives Committee for the IEEE Mobile Center of Excellence to develop an app with the added features.
Anyone can use the IEEE Open Engineer app. Just sign in with your IEEE, Facebook, or Google account. To post an image, simply take a photo or record a video from your mobile device, or upload an existing one, type in a caption, and hit post. Users of the app can “like” or comment on your post, and you can do the same for their images. You can follow others who are using the app and search for images from a specific IEEE Open Engineer user.
“The IEEE Open Engineer application opens a new window for knowledge,” says IEEE Member Mohammad Seif, who is on the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s Membership Development Committee. “I love the idea of sharing my work with my IEEE friends.”
To help promote the new app, between 21 November and 21 December, IEEE is running a contest for the best photo and video post. Entries will be ranked based on creativity and originality, technology and innovation, and the image’s benefit to humanity. The best video wins an Apple Ipad 9.7-inch Pro with Apple pencil. The best photo wins a Google Home device. A panel of IEEE judges will review the entries. Rules are posted on the IEEE Open Engineer app.