New IEEE Websites for Conference Organizers and Standards Developers

One helps with planning events; the other publishes posts about technical standards

30 May 2017

Are you an IEEE volunteer who is new to organizing events for your group and needs help getting started? Or maybe you want to write about technical standards, but you’re having a hard time finding an outlet that will publish your post. IEEE recently launched two websites with these issues in mind.

IEEE Meetings, Conferences, and Events (MCE) is a website that directs conference organizers to services, tools, and tips. The Beyond Standards website encourages participation in standards development by publishing posts from contributors.

ORGANIZING MEETINGS

IEEE MCE is part of IEEE Technical Activities’ MCE management group. Its staff of experts specializes in event management including registration, program design, and financial strategies.

The Event Management Solutions tab lists the services MCE provides, such as scouting locations, managing conference finances, and handling the registration process.

In the Audience Development Services section under the Event Promotion tab, you can find the three different plans MCE offers: Elite, Premier, and Associate. And organizers can learn how to market their events with the Audience Development Toolkit. For those who want to use an app for their meeting, there’s a list of developers in the Event Mobile Apps and Tech-Enabled Experiences section.

People who are new to event planning should check out the Knowledge Center tab. The center’s Conference Organizer Education section offers webinars, eLearning courses, and workshops. There’s also a link to the conference mentor program, which provides an MCE staff member to offer guidance.

SHOWCASING STANDARDS

Sponsored by the IEEE Standards Association, the Beyond Standards site is dedicated to promoting technology standards and celebrating the contributions of individuals and organizations that advance technology development. Featured posts last month, for example, included a Q&A series with experts who explained open-source software and the role it plays in IEEE standards development as well as one that explored the future of virtual reality.

The Categories tab makes it easier to find a blog by topic. More than 30 topics are listed, including artificial intelligence, e-health, and tech ethics.

Click on the Contributors tab to learn more about the blog authors. They include IEEE members Oleg Logvinov, chair of the IEEE P2413—Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things working group, and Rudi Schubert, director of new initiatives for IEEE-SA. To become a contributor, click on Contact Us and fill out the form.

Both websites were developed by the IEEE Digital and Creative Innovations team, which works with IEEE website owners to provide guidance on user experience, design, accessibility, and information architecture. The group partners with design agencies and independent contractors to provide project management oversight.

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