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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How to hold a Student and Young professional Congress?

Holding an SYP congress (Student and Young Professional Congress) is an amusing yet tricky job. To make it to a really good event, whether it’s a sectional, cross-sectional or regional congress, there are many important details that need to be attentively put into consideration. In the attached link you can find the SYP manual, prepared and updated from the field experience of regional SYP congress organizers. Please click here to open the manual.

In case you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your R8 Student Activities committe: <>

IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest SPC 2016 – First call

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All IEEE Region 8 Student Branches (SBs) are invited to participate in IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest 2016.  
The deadline to send full student papers for the IEEE R8 SPC 2016 is December 1, 2015. 

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:

R8 SAC Members

You can get in touch with the SAC team through:

The R8 SAC Members currently are:

Mona Ghassemian – Region 8 SAC Chair


Mona Ghassemian received her PhD in “Mobile and Personal Communications” research from King’s College London in 2006 with NTT DoCoMo scholarship. After completion of her PhD she continued at King’s College London as a research associate in E-Sense (a project of the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission). She worked at University of Greenwich as a senior lecturer and PG programme leader in computer networking 2007-2012. She visited a number of universities; namely UoT, TU, and SUT and collaborated with their research groups. She is a faculty member at SBU and a visiting research associate at King’s College London. Her research interest is mainly on issues related to Wireless Sensor Networks with a focus on Smart Health and well-being.
She served as IEEE UK & Ireland Secretary March 2012- March 2015.

Pablo Herrero – Region 8 Past SAC Chair

Pablo is Antenna Systems Architect at Intel Corp in Munich (Germany). He runs the antenna department which designs antenna solutions for smartphones. In his other life, he served in practically every position in IEEE that has to do with students for 10 years. He traveled around the world giving motivational talks to encourage students to make a difference in engineering. His goals as Chair were to make sure that student member concerns are escalated to the appropriate channels, and that their ideas and projects turn into reality. He is currently supporting the new team in their effort to continue developing R8 students personally and professionally.

Carlos Lopez-Barrio – Region 8 Student Paper Contest Coordinator

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Efthymia K. Arvaniti – Region 8 Student Representative

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Efthymia has graduated from the University of Thessaly, Dpt of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics. Her main scientific interests are focused in Biomedical Informatics and Neuroengineering.

She is currently working on building her Startup company, which aims to help people who suffer from autoimmune diseases and face speech disorders due to neurological origins, communicate with their environment on their everyday life.
She has been an IEEE member since 2008, served as the Region 8 Student Branch Coordinator for the years 2013-2014, as the IEEE Greece Section Student Representative for 2011-2013 and as the and Chair of the IEEE UCG Student Branch in 2010-2011. She currently serves as Vice-Coordinator at the IEEE Academic, a project were students and professors are working together to create free educational material, available for everyone. As the Region Student Representative in the Region 8 Student Activities Committee, she aims to provide to the Region, tools and opportunities for communication and extroversion, assisting their members and students and encouraging their collaboration towards contribution to the society.

Lebogang Madise – Region 8 Student Branch Coordinator

My name is Lebogang MM Madise, born in Attridgeville, a township in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa. I joined IEEE in 2010 and in 2011, I was appointed as the Women In Engineering chair of the University of Pretoria student branch as I was the only female at the time who was a student member and non previous WIE chair. I did well in this role as I enjoy engaging in outreach programs centred around STEM.

In 2012 I was a Microsoft Student Partner, elected to be the University of Pretoria Student Branch Chair and was active in this role until end of 2013; In 2014, I became the IEEE South African Section committee member as an appointed Student Branch Representative.
2014 was a year of growth for me as I got an internship opportunity at Microsoft’s Appfactory, where I work as a junior developer and acquired many insights and skills essential to my career as a developer. I have enrolled with the University of South Africa to complete my BSc in Computer Science degree, the academic journey has been a challenging one but each milestone I have overcome has made me more determined to reach my goals and inspire many more women in South Africa to consider a career as an engineer or computer scientist.

This year (2015), I was appointed to be a Region 8 committee member, assuming the role of Student Branch Coordinator. I am very excited about this role and look forward to interacting with Student branches across EMEA; working together to advance technology through humanity. As an ambassador of IEEE Academic, I look forward to carrying out the vision and mission set out by the pre-university students grassroots project, this will fill a big gap in education in my country.

Dinko Jakovljevic – Region 8 Awards and Contest Coordinator

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Dinko Jakovljević is a graduate student at the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek where he studies Computer Engineering. He has been an IEEE member for 3 years during which he performed various roles. In 2012 he was a Tresaurer at IEEE Student Branch Osijek upon which in 2013 he was promoted into the Chair position being currently held. Furthermore, he has been a Student Representative at Croatia Section since the begining of 2015. Among three other people, he has established IEEEmadC contest where he is a Promotional Activities Coordinator and Designer. He was a Student Ambassador for Croatia at IEEEXtreme 8.0 competition. Being the Awards and Contest Coordinator, he is responsible for promoting and coordinating the awards and contests at the regional level, encouraging students to participate in contests and assisting them making nominations for awards.

Heind El-Rawy – Region 8 Electronic Communications Coordinator


Heind ElRawy got her B.Sc. of Engineering in Electrical Power & Machines from Cairo university in 2014, then she started working for Procter & Gamble Co. as a Technical engineer in the EMEA Baby Care Process and Engineering hub. Beside her studies, she was always interested in collecting more knowledge about the project management field.
Through the last four years, Heind has  volunteered in multiple roles within the IEEE Egypt section working on both student activities and young professionals’ activities in parallel. In 2014, she was serving as Egypt Section Student representative and Secretary for the Egyptian Engineering Day organized by IEEE Young Professionals Egypt.

On her quest to contribute in making a better present for humanity and a better future for generations to come by bringing out the best in herself and helping everyone else doing so, Heind found in IEEE volunteerism the best way to serve the humanity through supporting an enormous organization having for vision: “Advancing Technology for Humanity”.

Youmna El Bitar – Region 8 Projects Coordinator

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Youmna graduated in 2014 from the American University of Beirut – Lebanon, where she studied Wireless Telecommunications Engineering. She was a research assistant focusing on Coordinated Multipoint transmission and reception. She also studied piano at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, and is an active volunteer with multiple NGOs.

She believes that achieving goals needs 4 ingredients: knowing yourself, enjoying what you’re doing, committing to it, and effectively managing your time. An active IEEE member since 2009, Youmna has been organizing activities and events and was part of the organizing committee of the Third IEEE Middle-East Student Branch Congress (ME-SBC 2013).

As the SAC projects coordinator, Youmna aims to develop existing projects and develop new ones in order to support Region 8 students, and bring them closer to the wonderful opportunities IEEE can bring them.

Ruba Aburub – Region 8 SAC Corresponding Member


Ruba is a Telecommunications Engineering student at Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman-Jordan. Her scientific interests are mainly about Robotics and communications technologies, she has been active in many students activities in different organisations. She is an IEEE member since 2011, and had been the chairperson of the WIE in her university’s student branch in 2011-2013. She’s currently a microsoft student partner and she believes that success comes from self-confidence and hard working, and she aims to benefit as much people as she can through IEEE.

Ahmet Taygun Namli – Region 8 SAC Corresponding Member


Ahmet Taygun NAMLI is senior year “Electrical – Electronics Engineering” student in Eskisehir Osmangazi University in Turkey. In his last year he chosen telecommunication field as research topic. For over 4 years he contributed both his student branch and IEEE Turkey Section Student Activities. As a board member and mentor in his student branch and as Student Branches Institutional Advisor in Turkey Section Student Activities Committee. As the position responsibility many new and experienced student branches coordinated and evaluated with direction of Section Officers. As a member of Region 8 SAC he believes that this year the team will achieve many things addition to previous years successes.

Over the years, many have been members of SAC and contributed to R8 Student Activities. You can find them, starting 2010, in our History page.