Towards an Open Judiciary Action Plan in the Open Government Partnership Summit 2015

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Open Government Partnership Summit 2015


Providing Access to Justice for All Through Open Judiciary:

Comparative Experiences from the U.S., Latin America, and China


In January 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, calling for an open government, as measured by transparency, participation, and collaboration. This statement has sparked the commitment of governments worldwide to redefine openness initiatives in accordance with these principles. Yet, most of these governments largely focus on the executive or legislative branches, leaving many issues concerning open judiciary unaddressed. This session, Providing Access to Justice for All Through Open Judiciary: Comparative Experiences from the U.S., Latin America, and China, not only fills this gap, but also seeks to challenge the common belief that open judiciary cannot be meaningfully implemented in developing countries, let alone in closed societies.

This session will present, through highly-participatory dialogue conducted during a panel and three simultaneously held workshops, common threads and key differences in approaches to open judiciary in different contexts—from developed to developing and closed societies—and will culminate in the collaborative creation of a list of factors critical to providing access to justice for all through open judiciary. Participants of the panel will be asked to complete a short online survey to rank the factors discussed, add their own, and give comments. The survey results will be shared during the workshops to help participants brainstorm action plans for promoting open judiciary, both around the world and in participants’ own jurisdiction.


Designed to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal No. 16 (“Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”) and to shed light on the Open Government Partnership Summit “Public Sector Innovation: Open Judiciary” topic. The session aims to draw on representative work accomplished by four experts with diverse backgrounds to develop a set of essential factors for making the judiciary around the world more open and to design a corresponding action plan for implementation.

The proposed session will begin with a 60-minute panel, featuring the four experts (three as panelists and one as moderator). The panelists will then simultaneously lead three separate workshops oriented toward drafting an action plan for promoting open judiciary, focusing on open judiciary efforts in developed countries, developing countries, and closed societies respectively. Attendees’ participation is key, and the format of this session will be highly participatory.

Panel experts are:

  • Carlos E. Jiménez-Gómez, (Moderator) Open & Smart Government Specialist (IEEE e-Government, USA; & Department of Justice of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Spain).

  • Phillip R. Malone, (Panelist – USA). Professor of Law, Director, Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic, (Stanford Law School, USA)

  • Rodrigo Sandoval-Almazan, (Panelist – Latin America) Professor, Political and Social Sciences School (Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Mexico).

  • Mei Gechlik, (Panelist – China) Founder and Director, China Guiding Cases Project -“CGCP”-, (Stanford Law School, USA).

All are invited to attend and participate.

More info in this link

Best regards,
Carlos, Mei, Phil & Rodrigo

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 Smart Tech: Metro Area Workshop Series – Glasgow, Scotland

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The IEEE Smart Tech Workshop is coming to Glasgow, Scotland 13 October. It will be held at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) and Royal College Buildings.

The one-day workshop offers two tracks, Li-Fi Technologies and their Appreciation and Real World Desktop Software Defined Radio using the RTL-SDR and MATLAB/Simulink, from which you may choose.

Learn More and Register Now

Li-Fi Technologies and their Appreciation: 

  • History of Visible Light Communication (VLC)
  • New Security enabled by Li-Fi
  • LED device basics
  • Digital modulation techniques and information rates
  • Channel models
  • Detector devices
  • Multiple input multiple output transmission in Li-Fi
  • Li-Fi business cases in lighting industry

Real World Desktop Software Defined Radio using the RTL-SDR and MATLAB/Simulink: 

  • Introduction to SDR: The Wireless Revolution is just beginning!
  • From Analog to Digital – the radio driven desire to sample at GHz
  • IF SDR 100s of MHz to 10s of MHz IF to baseband
  • The  RTL-SDR Architecture: Analog Receiver and MHz Sampler
  • Live  Demo: Design of a first SDR: AM radio Receiver at 433MHz
  • Live  Demo: GSM/LTE and 3G mobiles spectra viewing
  • Signal  Synchronization, Timing, and Data Recovery

View the complete workshop agenda 

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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IEEE Jordanian SB Congress inspired more than 270 attendees

IEEE Hashemite University Student Branch had the honor of hosting the largest IEEE event in Jordan; 2 nd

IEEE JSBC was a wonderful opportunity to gather hundreds of students, Engineers, Professionals and even
school students to share their passion of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

JSBC2 The congress played an essential role in bridging the gap between IEEE members from all over Jordan (11
Universities) and the attendees approved that IEEE mission and vision will be taken forward in their
universities via their further engagement.

After welcoming the participants and the guests on behalf of Hashemite University, IEEE Jordan Section
and HU student branch, Husam Momenah (IEEEHU SB Chair) asked the attendees to exploit this
opportunity and network with their IEEE fellows to get the maximum benefit out of the congress.


The congress aimed to inspire the participants to take their experience and interests to the next level by
inviting 15 professionals; IEEE EMBS Distinguished lecture, professional speakers, experts, Jordanian
entrepreneurs and young leaders, those who gave a number of diversified workshops and lectures about
Nanotechnology, Leadership, Motivation, User experience design and an IEEE workshop. Not to mention
the field trip to the 5MW PV system project at Hashemite University.

After a full day of inspiration and positive energy and with warm applause by the audience, Ahmed Al-
Omoush (IEEE JSBC 2015 Chair) closed the congress by sharing his thankfulness with the attendees for
their remarkable engagement to thank the organizing committee and volunteers for their efforts.

By Mustafa Almomani

IEEE Smart Tech: Metro Area Workshop Series – Amman, Jordan

Eventbrite - IEEE Smart Tech: Metro Area Workshop Series - Amman, JordanIEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshops provide participants with a unique learning experience with topics on the cutting-edge of technical innovation today. Each workshop is a springboard to a deeper understanding of technology and its myriad applications and potential for innovation.

Choose one Track Sunday and one Track Monday. Sessions under each track run in succession.

Communications Track: 

  • Long Term Evolution (LTE) Systems
  • Long Term Evolution (LTE) Implementation
  • RF Propagation Models
  • RF Simulation Software

Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems Track

  • Specifications of Solar PV Systems
  • Fundamentals of Grid-Connected PV System Design
  • Commissioning of PV Systems
  • Grid Impact Studies
  • Mega-Scale PV Plants
  • Panel Discussion: Local Renewable Energy Regulations

Computer Engineering & Big Data Track

  • Secure Software Development
  • Cloud Computing
  • Big Data

View the full day agenda and course descriptions for IEEE Smart Tech in Amman

Registration opens on Sunday at 8:30 a.m, followed by a General Serssion at 9:30 a.m. and Coffee Break at 10:00 a.m. Track sessions then begin at 10:30 a.m.

Dress code for the workshop series is business casual.

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Landmark – Amman Hotel and Conference Center
1118 Al Huseen Bin Ali Street
P.O. Box 6399
Amman, Jordan
Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 8:30 AM – Monday, September 14, 2015 at 5:30 PM (EEST)

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Join IEEE now to be eligible for the member rate. Only active IEEE members will qualify for the member rate. Society Affiliates are not eligible for the member rate.

Not ready to join IEEE right now? You may still register at the non-member rate. Then, if you choose to join IEEE onsite at the conference you will receive a US$30/20JOD credit toward your first-year professional membership dues. Be sure to bring a copy of your registration receipt.

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Landmark Amman Hotel & Conference Center is offering a special rate to conference attendees. Use code JEASEP2015 when you make your reservation.

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All IEEE Young Engineers’ Humanitarian Challenge 2015

AIYEHUM is a project competition where young scientists and engineers (between ages of 16 and 35 years) submit proposals of projects which are oriented around humanitarian issues. These proposals can be their curriculum projects or other projects that are developed out of passion.

The short-listed project proposals will be given a a grant of up to US $500 for prototype development. IEEE will assign a mentor for all short-listed teams. All successfully completed projects will be evaluated again and top teams will be partially funded to go to the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Conference to present their work. In addition, IEEE will also give prize money to winning teams.

For more information, please go to


  • Project proposal submission: June 21st
  • Notification of short-listed project proposals: July 12th
  • Announcement of top teams: November 10th


August 16-21, 2015
Protea Hotel Kruger Gate Skukuza, South Africa

Call for Participation

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2nd African Winter School on Information Theory and Communications to be held
at the Kruger National Park from 16 to 21 August, 2015. The goal of the winter school is to increase co-operation and knowledge
sharing between African students and universities. Doctoral students and young staff members, from Africa and other continents,
are encouraged to present and discuss their ongoing research with international experts. Students are welcome to make
presentations irrespective of the phase of their research. All submitted abstracts will be scrutinized by the technical chairs for
suitability. The number of topics will not be limited and we hope to have a wide range of presentations in the Information Theory
and Communications field. Study leaders are also encouraged to attend in order to establish more high-level co-operation
between African and other universities.

This event will be held in parallel with the First IEEE Seminar on Future Directions in Information Theory and Communications
(see previous post for details).


  • Jian Song, Tsinghua University, P. R. China
  • Yuan Luo, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P. R. China
  • Jos H. Weber, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Ivan Fair, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Bella Bose, Oregon State University, USA
  • Luca Tallini, University of Teramo, Italy

Important Dates

If you would like to participate in this event, please send a short one-page paper (using the IEEE template) of your work in
progress to by 18 May 2015. Notification of acceptance will be on or before 22 May 2015.

Organizing Committee

Conference Co-Chairs:
Theo Swart (University of Johannesburg)
Ling Cheng (University of the Witwatersrand)

TPC Co-Chairs:
Jos H. Weber (Delft University of Technology)
Ulrich Speidel (The University of Auckland)
Ivan Fair (University of Alberta)

Local Arrangements:
Wendy Smith (University of Johannesburg)
Allan Emleh (University of Johannesburg)
Lucia Pelser (University of Johannesburg)

University of Johannesburg IEEE

Sponsored by the University of Johannesburg and the IEEE South Africa Information Theory Section

For more information go to


August 16-21, 2015 Protea Hotel Kruger Gate Skukuza, South Africa

Call for Participation

It is our pleasure to announce the First IEEE Seminar on Future Directions in Information Theory and Communications to be
held at the Kruger National Park from 16 to 21 August, 2015.

Internationally acclaimed researchers in Information Theory and Communications will be invited to present seminars.. The
seminars and discussions will be a forum for bringing together several leading researchers in Information Theory in a relaxed
setting to explore future directions.

This event will be held in parallel with the 2nd African Winter School on Information Theory and Communications (see next
page for details). The goal of holding the two events in parallel is to stimulate interest in Information Theory amongst young
academics and researchers as well as to increase co-operation and knowledge sharing between leading international researchers,
African students and universities.

All international researchers in Information Theory as well as study leaders, doctoral students and young staff members from
Africa, are encouraged to participate in order to establish more high-level co-operation between African universities and
international researchers.


Invited Speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Jeff Andrews, University of Texas at Austin, USA and
    Chair Future Directions Committee, IEEE Information Theory Society
  • Andrew Jiang, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Emanuele Viterbo, Monash University, Australia
  • Tadashi Wadayama, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Hirosuko Yamamoto, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Frans Willems, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Organizing Committee

Conference Chair:
Hendrik C. Ferreira (University of Johannesburg)
TPC Co-chairs:
A. J. Han Vinck (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Hiroyoshi Morita (The University of Electro-

International Advisory Panel:
Jeffrey Andrews (University of Texas)
Daniel Costello (University of Notre Dame)
Kees Immink (Turing Machines)
Gerhard Kramer (Technical University of Munich)
Local Arrangements: Wendy Smith (University of Johannesburg)
Allan Emleh (University of Johannesburg)
Lucia Pelser (University of Johannesburg)

University of Johannesburg


Sponsored by the University of Johannesburg and the IEEE South  Africa Information Theory Section

For more information go to

Europe: Have Engineering Skills, Will Travel

Faltering economies and mismatches in the different regulatory environment of European countries haven’t slowed the demand for technical talent across Europe. But it has made filling available slots for engineers more challenging.

In January, EngineeringUK, an independent organization that works with industry and government to promote engineering, called for more action to train and retain engineers, predicting a potential economic boost to the British economy if the demand for new engineering jobs was filled.  According to the organization’s report, Engineering 2015 — The State of Engineering, there is a current annual shortfall of 55,000 engineers in the United Kingdom. “ Britain is great at engineering, but this will not continue if we don’t address the massive shortage of skills,” says Miranda Davies, director of emerging talent at Thales, the aerospace and defense company. One of the recommendations in the report: a provision for “ careers inspiration” in engineering and related technical fields for all 11 to 14 year olds, with an opportunity for every child in that age bracket to have at least one engineering experience with an employer.


Increasingly, companies are partnering with universities to help train and to recruit engineering talent. In January, ARM joined with the University College London (UCL) to launch a new education kit aimed at developing students’ Internet of Things (IoT) technical skills. The aim is to encourage more graduates to stay in engineering and related fields . “ Many students are not following through to an engineering career and that is a real risk to our long term success as a nation of innovators,” says Professor Izzat Darwazeh, head of communications and information systems at UCL Engineering Sciences. The course is designed to get students interested in starting their own IoT business or join companies such as ARM. ARM has also expanded its technical training portfolio to include live courses that can be remotely-delivered in any location, in response to company and individual requirements. The program provides for remote training for classes of two engineers or more with workshop durations ranging from two hours to two days.

ARM, meanwhile, has posted jobs for several graduate hardware engineers with backgrounds in design and verification and computer subsystems, as well as interns focusing on software development, and IoT web and test services.

The United Kingdom isn’ t unique in its recruiting effort. Foreign companies with facilities in Europe have become more aggressive in their quest to find and hire local and regional engineering talent. WORKgateways, a website that lists engineering jobs in the United Kingdom and provides advice to job applicants, says the current demand for engineers in many specializations from overseas with a work visa or British or European Union passport is strong and increasing. “ The challenge is to uncover the opportunities that best match your experience relatively quickly.”

But matching needed skill sets with requirements hasn’t been easy. While the job outlook overall is strong in Europe for engineers and other technical professionals,, a European job board, says specialists can struggle to find a job that matches their skill sets in their home countries. Fortunately, says Qreer, engineers across Europe are becoming more mobile and open to relocating to advance their careers.


Germany continues to be the hot spot in Europe in terms of job openings for electrical engineers (EEs) and related technical professionals. Tina Lackmann, a consultant with the Association of German Engineers (VDI), says the organization’s latest reports (third quarter 2014) indicate there are 12,070 vacancies for EEs in Germany. “ That equates on average to three vacancies per unemployed EE,” she says. Germany has the highest number of employed engineers and the second highest share of engineers among all employees in the European Union . “ With an unemployment rate of 2.3 percent, the job outlook for EEs remains good at a level of full employment,” says Lackmann. Most of the job vacancies for EEs are in the Hamburg and Stuttgart areas, but shortages also exist in Berlin and Munich, forcing a relaxation of work permit requirements in these areas.

Several European countries have loosened their immigration policies as their requirements for technical skills increase. Sweden is well known across Europe for its progressive immigration policies that make it easier for foreign engineers to become permanent residents in Sweden. Germany also last year launched a campaign called Make-it-in-Germany to make the country more attractive to engineers and other skilled workers.

While foreign engineers are very welcome in Germany, many companies require a certain level of proficiency in the German language.  As a general rule, the bigger the company (the most likely to be doing more business internationally), less knowledge of German is required.  Infineon Technologies is an example of – companies posting jobs for engineers in Germany; the company recently listed 154 openings for EEs.

DG Research and Innovation, a report published by the European Commission at the end of 2014, highlights the gender gap in Europe and advocates for recruiting more women into careers in technology. “ The implications of gender imbalance in the research profession are highly relevant for the European economy,” the report states. The report estimates that the European Union will need to create at least one million new research jobs if it is to reach the R&D expenditure target of three percent of its Gross Domestic Product .  The report says, “ The correction of the remaining gender imbalances is a key factor for the success of a European Research Area ,” a program organized by EU member states, the European Commission, and several research organizations. Its goals are to create more effective national research systems, boost transnational cooperation and competition, increase gender equality, share technical and scientific knowledge, strengthen international relationships, and create an open labor market for researchers.  Germany was the first EU country to adopt an ERA strategy in July 2014. The program is being closely followed by the European Federation of National Engineering Associations.


Apple, meanwhile, says it plans to invest US $1.9 billion to build two data centers —one in Ireland, and the other in Denmark— to power Apple’s online services, including its iTunes Store, AppStore, iMessage, Maps, and its Siri smartphone voice-command software. Apple says it already directly employs 18,300 people across 19 countries in Europe, but it hasn’t shared its plans for staffing the new data centers, which it plans to activate by 2017.

United Kingdom-based Cambridge Consultants, which designs products for other companies, has opened a new wireless design and development facilities at its Cambridge Science Park headquarters and recruited 90 people in the United Kingdom in 2014 to staff the facility. Cambridge Consultant’ s global workforce numbered 450 at the end of 2014. Alan Richardson, Cambridge Consultant’ s CEO, says he expects equally strong recruitment plans in 2015, including about 40 additional wireless technology job opportunities.  “ I set a growth agenda with the aim of doubling the size of Cambridge Consultants by the end of 2016,” said Richardson.

Google always has openings across its several locations in Europe, mostly for software engineers in Dublin, its European technical hub, and London (the location of another major Google facility), but also Munich, Zurich, and Warsaw, where its recruiting emphasis has been on engineers with a background in information security.

ZTE and its Chinese rival Huawei Technologies Co. are also recruiting heavily in Europe. ZTE says it plans to double its R&D staff working on 5G to 1,600 people at its facilities in Europe, the United States, and China. Huawei has already announced plans to double its R&D staff in Europe in the next three years and to invest $7.6 million in the United Kingdom -based University of Surrey’ s 5G Innovation Centre as part of a $600 million investment in 5G R&D through 2018. The university will develop proof of concepts, validate standards, and test vendor interoperability as part of its contribution to Huawei’ s R&D program.

Kionix, Inc., a MEMS manufacturer, with its parent company, ROHM Semiconductor, is opening a new software development center in Oulu, Finland, to reinforce their sensor software and development activities. “ We see the formation of this R&D center not only as a synergistic initiative, but most opportunistic to take advantage of the existing engineering talent in the area,” said Nader Sadrzadeh, president and CEO of Kionix.

Keysight Europe, a unit of Keysight Technologies, Inc. (formerly the Agilent Technologies Measurement Group), filled 240 jobs in 2014, 70 of them degreed technical positions. The rest were interns and non-degreed technical positions. Most of the technical hires were for customer-facing positions, such as sales, application engineering and field engineering that require electrical engineering expertise.

A Keysight Europe human resources official says, “ We also hired a number of R&D engineers, particularly in the U.K., Germany, Belgium, and Spain. We don’ t see our needs decreasing in customer-facing or R&D. However, we do expect to see a shift in required expertise from hardware to software and firmware. Specific skill sets Keysight seeks include digital signal processing , FPGA, and LTE.”

General Electric also has posted hundreds of engineering jobs in Europe, representing a variety of skill sets, at least 60 of them in Budapest, but also in Ózd, Fót, and other Hungarian cities.


IBM earlier this year denied industry rumors that it planned to cut several thousand jobs (the company cut 3,000 positions worldwide in 2013), but said it hired 45,000 new positions in 2014. I n what it called a planned $600 million “ workforce rebalancing,” IBM suggested additional layoffs were likely, but that it anticipated 15,000 job openings in areas that include mobility, cloud, analytics, and social media. IBM also announced the opening of a new services center in Leicester, United Kingdom, that will create up to 300 new IT positions over the next three years. “ This investment in job creation aims to inspire the next-generation workforce from local technical colleges and universities who will deliver the technology skills needed to drive business innovation in the U.K.,” said David Stokes, chief executive, IBM U.K. and Ireland.

Cisco Systems has a similar story. Cisco says it has realigned 40 percent of its employees as part of its changing priorities, mainly reflecting Cisco’s growing interest in Internet related programs. Cisco says the Internet of Everything, as the company refers to IoT, will accelerate the need for skilled talent, particularly in application development and new social innovation. “ In Europe, we know that the demand for ICT workers is outstripping supply,” says David Bevilacqua, Cisco’s vice president South Region, Cisco EMEAR. Speaking at Cisco’s Net/Academy Day, Bevilacqua said, “ We recognized that the Internet of Everything will create further demand for higher-paying, skilled jobs and we are creating a specific curriculum that addresses these opportunities.”  Cisco cut 6,000 employees, but it has added about 6,000 employees. The engineering staff was affected in the layoffs, but Cisco offered no numbers.

Qualcomm also has announced plans to lay off about 600 employees globally as it focuses on specific projects and programs that reflect its changing priorities.

Siemens said in February that it planned to cut 7,800 jobs, mainly eliminating layers of management, with about 3,000 of the job cuts in Germany. Echoing IBM and Cisco, Siemens said that despite the layoffs, its staffing levels will remain stable worldwide.

Ericsson plans to reduce its headcount worldwide during 2015 as part of a cost savings program, indicating in March that 2,200 positions in Sweden, mainly in research and development and supply, will be hardest hit by job reductions.

Texas Instruments has listed only a few openings in Europe —for hardware, embedded software engineers and design engineers in Oslo, Norway, and Grebnock, United Kingdom.

The European Space Agency (ESA) will conduct job fairs at universities this year in Belgium, Germany, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. ESA’ s Advanced Concepts Team runs a continuous recruitment process for research fellows who work at the ESA for two years. Openings are available at several locations, including the European Space Operation s Centre, the European Space Research and Technology Centre, and the European Astronaut Centre.

Is it difficult for industry companies to meet their specific hiring requirements? It is, according to a Keysight Europe HR official. “ Many of the skills we seek … are niche and are hard to come by, particularly in southern Spain and Belgium where these skill sets are relatively rare. Hiring for customer-facing positions in Germany and Russia is made more difficult by fierce competition.” Still, Keysight tries to hire locally.

A recently published report on job opportunities for future engineers by Kelly Services, the recruitment firm, suggests that the global shortage of engineering talent is becoming more acute and that companies are increasingly going to have to complete globally for engineering skill sets. In fact, Kelly believes that European technology companies will increasingly have to compete with the United States, Asia, and other regions of the world for engineers as overseas experience becomes an even greater differentiator of candidates, as will complementary skills such as a second language and a working knowledge of other cultures and work styles. Bottom line, says Kelly:  “ It is increasingly likely that current or future employers will be looking further afield for engineering skills —they will be conducting global talent searches” that include Europe.


Startups have both helped and possibly hurt meeting engineering staffing goals throughout Europe. Investments by venture capitalists in startups in Europe increased by 19 percent last year, according to London-based Ernst & Young. They’ re overwhelmingly in consumer Internet and IT services. That’ s good for the economy, but they also compete with established technology companies hoping to recruit engineering talent.

About Ron Schneiderman:

Ron Schneiderman is a contributing editor for i3 (It is Innovation) and IEEE Spectrum Online. His most recent book is “Modern Standardization: Case Studies at the Crossroads of Technology, Economics & Politics,” published by John Wiley & Sons.

Article taken from the IEEE Job Site/March 2015 © Copyright 2015 IEEE.

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