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IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Newsletter: May Notes

A Message from the IEEE HTB Chair

May 2024

Dear esteemed members,

It is yet another exciting month for us to connect through this newsletter. 

In May, HTB diligently continued to implement its goals and objectives established for the year. Of course these achievements are credited to the valuable efforts of all of you volunteers who are committed to impacting the living conditions of humanity in the most sustainable way possible.

This month, HTB continued to engage and involve its stakeholders and members in a number of activities guided by its 2024 strategic plan, including: The UN Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation Forum for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) side event organized by HTB and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The event, “Bridging the Global AI Gap: Navigating Generative AI in Developing Regions,”  focused on the disparities in access to AI tools between the developed and developing world. I was honored to be a panelist and we were also privileged to have the 2024 IEEE President-Elect, Kathleen Kramer, as a primary speaker. 

At this juncture, I congratulate the applicants whose Tech4Good proposals were awarded funding and are now implementing their projects. I trust that those projects will greatly contribute towards addressing the development challenges that they face in their respective communities.  For those still waiting for the result of their proposal, the review process is still ongoing and the results will be communicated to you as soon as possible.

Finally, my most sincere thanks to all members, volunteers, and stakeholders for your respective contributions towards the noble cause of the application of technology to sustainable development.

Thank you very much and best of luck in all your undertakings.

Lwanga Herbert

2023 – 2024 IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Board Chair

Thoughts from the IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Board (HTB) Immediate Past Chair

May 2024

Dear IEEE Colleagues, 

I’m delighted to share key partnership updates this month. Recently, HTB hosted a side event together with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the UN Science, Technology, and Innovation Forum in New York, which received a tremendous response. This is an example of how HTB creates opportunities to showcase the impactful work of IEEE members in the humanitarian space. 

HTB is glad to announce two important external collaborations at events: the AI for Good Global Summit organized by ITU in partnership with 40 UN Sister Agencies, and GITEX Africa, the largest tech & startup show in Africa. HTB representatives will speak at these events on the collaborative partnership opportunities, program offerings, and how the IEEE Humanitarian Technologies consortium is working together to apply technology to solve the world’s most pressing problems.  

We recently met with several IEEE Region and Society partners to review ongoing efforts and explore additional opportunities to strengthen the membership experience. There is a pipeline of collaborative efforts that has resulted in collaborative calls for proposals with IEEE Region 8, the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and the Communications Society, with at least one more likely to be announced next month. HTB’s standardized process and frameworks to support their proposal evaluation, project funding, and impact assessment are among the benefits of this type of partnership. 

This is going to be another strong growth year for the HTB partnership. We thank our members and volunteers for supporting these global efforts.

Sincerely,

Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan

2024 IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Board Immediate Past Chair

Pictures from the 2024 HTB In-Person Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting Series

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