Join the ChallengeME! Competition and turn your IoT idea into reality

ChallengeME! Is an Internet of Things – IoT competition for the Middle East and North Africa – MENA that is being organized by Intel Corporation for the first time in the region in collaboration with prestigious educational institutions and non-profit entrepreneurship organizations across the Middle East and North Africa. The competition aims to recognize and support talented individuals who are building various elements for the Internet of Things  and will identify pioneering new ideas, innovations and solutions in that area with great business potential.

The challenge is open to all IoT enthusiasts who can provide a prototype about their innovation and have a scalable business model. The competition will shortlist top 15 outstanding projects, thru a jury of experts from Intel and the business community, who will be invited to travel to Beirut in November 2015 and participate in extensive face to face training, and pitching to win over $15,000 in cash prizes and many other awards. And an opportunity to fly two teams to the UK to attend the Intel Innovation Summit.

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IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)

IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)

October 8-11, 2015        Seattle, Washington USA

Registration Now Open!

Early registration discount ends September 6, 2015


IEEE Global Humanitarian Conference (GHTC) is the perfect venue for enthusiasts from all backgrounds to connect, share and address critical issues for the benefit of the humanitarian endeavor worldwide. Join us in Seattle, WA, USA as we:

  • Enable a global sharing of skills, knowledge, networking in the humanitarian and emergency management fields
  • Highlight humanitarian technologies that promote successful practice, attract practitioners, and guide future research
  • Positively impact billions of people around the world

IEEE GHTC is the place to be whether you have experience to share, are looking for opportunities to join, or simply want to understand humanitarian work. In its 5th year, sponsored by IEEE Region 6 and IEEE Seattle Section, the conference is dedicated to “Advancing Technology for Humanity” with a focus on essential areas including energy, health, disaster management, connectivity, agriculture, and education.

Conference highlights include:

  • Maurizio Vecchione, Sr. Vice President of Global Good & Research plenary
  • “The Future of Humanitarian Technology” with a panel of experts from NGOs, the United Nations, and the Red Cross
  • “The Internet of Things (IoT) for Humanity” with a panel of industry partners
  • IEEE SIGHT Gaetano Borriello Memorial Symposium on Humanitarian Technology
  • UNESCO 70th anniversary celebration.
  • IEEE Smart Village workshop on Energy, Education, and Empowerment

Interactive special sessions that support in-field humanitarian efforts:

  • Open Data Kit Workshop – learn to collect data and build data services for many humanitarian efforts
  • Entrepreneurship and Education – engage in workshops with interactive dialogue on grass-roots business development and collaborative educational strategies for entrepreneurs and practitioners
  • Demonstrations and Exhibitions – see and experience new technologies in water and sanitation, energy, and communication and connectivity technologies

Register today to participate in an extensive, vibrant, and innovative technical program with likeminded individuals across the world.

Advanced Discount Registration ends September 6:

Regular Registration ends October 7

On-Site Registration & One Day Passes Available

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Mind the Gap! – New Contest for R8 Students


What is the generation gap? 


The term “generation gap” describes the sociological and psychological differences between people belonging to different generations: differences in values, lifestyle, attitude, even opportunities. Sociologists differentiate between three generations: Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), Generation X (1965-1984), and Millennials (also known as Generation Y, 1985-2010).

The biggest gap exists between Millennials and their predecessors. Millennials grew up in a time where everything they needed to know or wanted to know was at their fingertips thanks to the advancement of technology. This innovative need to know, want, and do more led Millennials to obtain a skill set that is infinitely scalable compared to previous generations, mostly in terms of the ability to use technology efficiently and absorb information rapidly. However, what they lack most is what their predecessors abundantly have: experience.

What’s Mind the Gap (MtG) Contest? (Click this link for more info)


Mind the gap (MtG) is a new contest presented by IEEE Region8 SAC. The motivation behind this project is the continuous growth of the generational gap, caused by fast technical advancement.

To compete in “Mind the Gap!”, a team of students is expected to come up with a project idea that brings younger and older generations together, using technology to the advantage of humanity.
In MtG phase I, a team of 3 to 5 students (at least one of them being an IEEE student or graduate student member, and at least one of them being a post-graduate student) submits a proposal that describes a project aiming to reduce the generational gap, a project that the team is able to transform into a proof of concept within 6 months, and assuming a funding of up to $10,000. The proposal should include a description of challenges, market study, project milestones, detailed budget, and a Gantt chart.
Three winning projects, presented by three teams, will be selected to be laureates of the first, second, and third prize.
In MtG phase II, each one of the three winning teams will be granted up to $10,000 in order to realize their project within 6 months, and effectively cover the generational gap, benefiting both younger and older generations.
Initial timetable: 
May 15, 2016: idea submission (phase I)
July 31, 2016: idea evaluation results (phase I)
August 15, 2016: winners announcement (end of phase I)
March 15, 2017: project realization deadline (end of phase II).
For any questions about the contest, please refer to the Region8 SAC email:

About R8

Welcome to Region 8 (Europe, Middle East and Africa) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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We publish 30 percent of the world’s literature in electrical engineering, computers and control technology, and hold more than 300 major conferences and 6,000 local meetings annually. Recognized as essential guides for every industry, more than 800 active IEEE standards are in use today with 700 currently in development.
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