By Daniel Eghbal, Chair, IEEE R10 Professional Activities Committee
The IEEE R10 Professional Activities Committee (PAC) is pleased to announce the launch of two initiatives; Professional development courses and the hackathon competition.
Blended Learning Program (BLP) Courses: The first initiative is to offer professional development courses (both technical and soft skills) to up to 100 IEEE members. Eligible members can enroll in one of the four selected courses from the IEEE Blended Learning Program library. The courses are Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility, Innovation Management, and Intellectual Property – Advance, Cloud Computing for IoT Systems – GA01, and Introduction to Innovation Management and Intellectual Property. All IEEE professional members and volunteers are encouraged to apply for these courses and the online application form can be found on the IEEE R10 Professional Activities website.
Hackathon: IEEE R10 PAC encourages sections to organize a hackathon on emerging topics (such as AI, Energy transition, and electrification of transport), for their local members to foster collaboration between students, academia, and industry. To assist with planning and organizing the hackathon, R10 PAC has provided basic guidelines for the sections and allocated a budget to support the event.
We encourage sections to:
- Start by defining the hackathon’s theme, which could be focused on emerging topics of interest to the local members.
- Clearly define the objectives of the hackathon, which could include promoting collaboration between academia and industry, fostering innovation, and encouraging problem-solving.
- Define the task the participants can expect in the hackathon and the outcome that participants need to demonstrate.
More details can be found on the website.