From Boston and Bogota to India and Indonesia, more than 400 activities were held around the world on 1 October to mark IEEE Day—more than twice the 170 held in 2012. For the fourth consecutive year, all 10 IEEE regions celebrated the anniversary of the 1884 meeting in Philadelphia when members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers—one of IEEE’s predecessor societies—gathered for the first time to share technical ideas.
“Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow” was the day’s theme, and members showed the public just what that meant with hands-on workshops, lectures, competitions, concerts, pizza parties, and IEEE membership drives. Region 10 hosted the most events, with 162. Region 8 held 120, while there were 96 in Region 9, 37 in Regions 1 through 6, and 8 in Region 7. Some sections and geographic units held their events a few days before or after 1 October due to scheduling conflicts.
The regions were motivated by a team formed this year of so-called IEEE Day Section Ambassadors.
“These IEEE volunteers helped organizational units plan their events, and then worked to increase the visibility of their activities through social media and other outlets,” says Member Simay Akar, the team leader of IEEE Day. “The larger number and quality of activities were because of the efforts of our 35 ambassadors.” Member C. Stanley Ugoji, the IEEE Day event coordinator, was the lead for the ambassadors.
Here is a sample of the events that took place for IEEE Day 2013.
WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES
In India, the IEEE student branch at the Indian Institute of Technology, in Guwahati, held a workshop on the popular graphics program Adobe Creative Suite. For two days, lessons were offered on how to design graphics and logos, edit digital photos, and create Flash animation.
Members of the IEEE Delhi Technological University Student Branch, also in India, hosted a cyber forensics and information security workshop. It covered such topics as cyber crime, mobile and Internet hacking, preventing threats to systems, and performing forensics on hard drives. There were demonstrations on the latest cybersecurity techniques and tools. CyberCure Technologies, in Vaishali, Ghaziabad, India—which provides training on cyber forensics—supplied kits that included study materials, certificates of participation, and discount vouchers for additional training.
The student branch at the Universidade Federal do ABC in Santo André, Brazil, held an “engineering show” for local high school students that demonstrated the work of its five IEEE technical chapters through hands-on experiments. The aim was to spark an interest in engineering, as well as educate the students about what engineers do.
Robots were the focus of other activities. The Technical University of Crete’s IEEE student branch, in Chania, Greece, produced video on new trends in robotics and on how colleges and companies were using robots. Student members at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, in Islamabad, Pakistan, held a robotics workshop to familiarize students with techniques not normally covered in their classes. The students also discussed IEEE and its Women in Engineering (WIE) group.
Other units held lectures on topics such as renewable energy and quantum communications. The student branch at Blekinge Institute of Technology, in Sweden, hosted a talk on IEEE’s humanitarian technology initiative and the role WIE plays in supporting women engineers. The IEEE Lithuania Section held a seminar on intelligent, embedded systems at the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. A seminar at the University of Toronto on how to improve interpersonal skills, as well as skills in communications, public speaking, leadership, and team building, was hosted by the IEEE Toronto Young Professionals group.
MUSIC, FINANCES, AND MORE
In Turkey, the student branch at Eskişehir Osmangazi University, in Eskişehir, used live band music to draw people to a talk about the benefits of joining IEEE. The IEEE Universidad de Nariño Student Branch, in Colombia, organized karaoke, chess matches, and even a raffle for a year of paid student membership to entice people to come by and learn more about IEEE.
The IEEE Maine Young Professionals group offered free bowling and pizza to its members. Once a good crowd had assembled, the group gave a short presentation between bowling frames on ways to manage finances after college.
And for those who want to start their own companies, the IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs Network gave a presentation at its October meeting about where early-stage startups should look for funding.
For the second year in a row, a contest was held for the best photo of the day. The first-place prize of US $750 went to the IEEE Women in Engineering group at the Ajman University of Science and Technology, in the United Arab Emirates, shown above.
AND IN 2014
This year IEEE Day will be held on 7 October. Akar points out that it’s not too early to start planning your events.
“IEEE Day 2013 was a milestone for the organizing committee; we received good feedback and learned a lot,” she says. “We’ve already started brainstorming to make 2014 even better.”
This article has been corrected from an earlier version.