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IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Newsletter: February Notes

A Message from the IEEE HTB Chair

February 2024

Hello esteemed colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to this edition of the Humanitarian Technologies newsletter. It has been an exciting month, with one highlight being the HTB in-person meeting in Orlando, Florida. The meeting was an opportunity for HTB members to meet and interact as we defined and streamlined the strategic priorities for 2024 and beyond. During the meeting, we were honored to host representatives from other IEEE humanitarian technology programs (IEEE Smart Village, EPICS in IEEE, IEEE MOVE, IEEE REACH, IEEE SIGHT, and Empower Billion Lives) who each presented on their program. This time to share knowledge and experience was very beneficial as we continue working together to propel the humanitarian technology ecosystem at IEEE forward. 

After the HTB meeting, I participated in the IEEE Board of Directors meeting series which also took place in Orlando, Florida. It was an honor to connect with various stakeholders and supporters to talk about ideas and plans to leverage the extensive IEEE network so HTB can empower volunteers to engage in humanitarian technology activities. Meeting those with years of IEEE volunteer experience has always proven to be highly valuable for HTB’s growth and development processes, and we appreciate all the recommendations and advice shared. 

I feel confident that 2024 will be an exciting year for HTB and Humanitarian Technologies at IEEE. Please be sure to stay tuned for upcoming developments and opportunities to get involved and contribute towards our joint efforts.

As I wish you all a refreshing and rewarding read.

Thank you,

Lwanga Herbert

2023 – 2024 IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Board Chair

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

February 2024

Dear IEEE Colleagues, 

I’m thrilled to share exciting updates on HTB partnership efforts. Our 2024 HTB had its in-person meeting at Orlando where we discussed the plans for 2024 and explored the partnership possibilities for all HTB committees and programs. Also present were representatives from the six key programs with which HTB has been collaborating since its formation: IEEE Smart Village, IEEE Empower a Billion Lives, IEEE SIGHT, IEEE MOVE, EPICS in IEEE, and IEEE REACH. The programs discussed creating unified public visibility, joint educational materials, projects, and coordinated impact assessment. When implemented, those efforts will empower partnering programs to systematically scale their impact.

We also had the chance to meet with leaders from IEEE Regions, Societies, and IEEE Entrepreneurship attending the IEEE Board of Directors meeting series to discuss scaling collaborative efforts. 

In upcoming weeks, we will be closely working with partners to align on shared goals. We are looking forward to delivering a forward-looking strategic direction and another great year for HTB partnership efforts.

Stay safe and healthy!

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

The IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Newsletter

The IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Newsletter provides monthly updates on humanitarian technology opportunities and activities at IEEE.

Let us know about ways for IEEE Members and non-members to engage in humanitarian technology activities at IEEE. Submissions should include a specific opportunity and details on how readers can get involved with a certain humanitarian technology program. Examples include calls for proposals, volunteer recruitment, contests, webinars and other events, etc.

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