Training Opportunities

An integral part of IEEE HAC’s strategic mission is to offer educational resources and training to equip IEEE members and volunteers to impact their local communities through sustainable development activities.

With better-prepared, skilled participants, every activity has a greater positive impact.


HAC is currently developing an educational curriculum on Humanitarian Technology and Sustainable Development at IEEE that is housed on the IEEE Learning Network.

The following are already available:

Tailored for busy IEEE members, each module should take only 20 – 30 minutes to complete. However, there are plenty of additional resources available, should one want to devote more time to the topics!

The IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) Education Forum, found on Facebook Groups, is a dedicated, interactive space for IEEE members and staff to gather virtually and learn about topics related to humanitarian activities, sustainable development, and how technology and technically trained individuals can contribute. 

The Forum is designed to accompany IEEE HAC’s free online educational curriculum which can be found on the IEEE Learning Network (ILN). This is an opportunity for those who take the online courses to discuss and explore the topics further with their peers and skilled IEEE volunteers. 

The discussion on the Education Forum will complement and reinforce learning from the modules, providing an opportunity for more experienced volunteers to share lessons learned and a chance for all to ask questions and receive feedback.

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HAC Training Sessions

Feet on the Ground: How to Connect with a Global Network of Local, Technically Trained Partners in the Time of COVID and Beyond

Presented by Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan and Holly Schneider Brown

This session was held as a Science, Technology, & Innovation (STI) Forum Side Event hosted by IEEE HAC on 3 May 2021.

In 2020, the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee enabled over 100 grassroots sustainable development projects that utilized technology to address the COVID-19 situation in 29 countries. Many times, the projects engaged youth who gained new skills and confidence, cementing their desire to pursue a future in technology, as well as to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals for their country.

Through the example of the COVID-19 pandemic response, this workshop illustrates how stakeholders can leverage the resources and breadth of IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, to address local sustainable development challenges around the world.

Ways to Engage Your OU in IEEE Humanitarian & Philanthropic Programs

Presented by Karen Panetta, Enrique Tejera, Mike Andrews, Anis Ben Arfi, Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan and moderated by Dave Green

Discover how your IEEE Unit can engage with and implement IEEE humanitarian & philanthropic programs that Illuminate, Educate, Engage and Energize human potential. Our panel of expert IEEE volunteer leaders will explore these programs and help you identify the ones best suited for your community, members and strategic objectives.

You will need to be logged into with your IEEE account to view the video recording.


Useful resources that can be found online:

Engineering for Change’s Introduction to Engineering for Global Development (EGD 101). Requires free registration with Engineering for Change

The IEEE SIGHT Digital Classroom provides learning-focused webinars, videos related to SIGHT and podcasts.

Learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainable Development Goals

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