Across the globe, individuals, communities, governments, and organizations have been working to address challenges in impactful and sustainable ways. Yet the collective, enduring impact of these efforts is often limited due to lack of coordination, dialogue, intentionality, and evaluation, among other factors.
As the world’s largest technical professional organization, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and its 423,000 members from over 160 countries have been driving world-changing technological advancements for over 150 years. IEEE’s Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) is a global network of groups consisting of members and volunteers who identify and address local problems by applying their technical skills and partnering with local communities.
As a global network of groups and individual volunteers, IEEE’s SIGHT empowers partnerships with underserved communities and local organizations to leverage technology to build sustainable solutions. Together, these electronic and electrical engineers identify problems at the local level and apply their expertise and skills to develop solutions.
[Members] need meaningful engagement opportunities in IEEE beyond access to professional and technical resources. SIGHT provides a very fulfilling experience which directly harnesses their skills in helping their local communities; it inculcates community leadership, develops a purpose-driven network, and orients them towards creating a sustainable social impact.
– Kartik Kulkarni, 2013-2016 SIGHT Steering Committee Chair
Did you know?
7,000 people have joined SIGHT in over 50 countries
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