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2018 WIE ILC Startup Pitch Competition

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Empower Female Entrepreneurs at the 2018 WIE ILC Startup Pitch Competition

By Joseph Wei, Chair, IEEE CE Society, SCV & Wenbo Yin, Chair, IEEE YP, SCV

Startup Pitch Competition at WIE ILC
Women-in-Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC) is IEEE’s premier conference dedicated to help female professionals to succeed in STEM. It caters to a broad audience of professionals in academia, industry, and government. One of the highlight’s of this year’s Conference is the WIE ILC Startup Pitch Competition, with the goal to inspire, assist and engage female entrepreneurs and help them succeed in the startup environment.

The 2018 WIE ILC Startup Pitch Competition attracted 12 startups by female entrepreneurs. Prior to the event, the entrepreneurs had the opportunity to polish their pitch decks assisted by a group of VCs, corporate executives and startup coaches. During the Pitch Competition, the entrepreneurs presented to a panel of 8 VCs and executives. The event attracted more than 100 attendees and was very well received.

Picture 1. Startup Pitch delivered by CEO Sharmi Albrechtsen


IEEE REACH brings the history of STEM to Life

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

IEEE REACH, an Online Educational Resource that brings the history of STEM to Life

High school students know how to use the latest gadgets, but most are unaware of who invented the technologies, and how they impact not just their lives, but all of society. To fill the gap, the IEEE History Center developed REACH (Raising Engineering Awareness through the Conduit of History). Funded by donations to the IEEE Foundation, REACH provides educational resources to high school history teachers so they may easily weave the history of technology, and the critical role of engineers in our society, into their lessons. The resources situate science, technology, and engineering in their social and humanistic contexts.

Through a historic lens, students learn about technological inventions and developments, and explore the interconnections that these have with society, economics, culture and politics. Students discover how technology can shape society and how society in turn can shape technology. The program enables students to gain a greater understanding of how science and technology are relevant to their lives and their future and enhances their technological and cultural literacy skills.

Available through the IEEE REACH website,, the resources include complete inquiry units, or lesson plans, based on the C3 Framework (College, Career, and Civics) of the National Council for the Social Studies, primary and secondary sources, hands-on-activities, short videos for use in a classroom or flipped classroom setting, and background information for teachers.


How Hawaii Became Electrified

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

[Article republished from IEEE Spectrum]

28 Mar 2018119:00 GMT

Edison and the King: How Hawaii Became Electrified

In 1881, Thomas Edison convinced King Kalakaua that electric streetlamps were superior to gas

By Allison Marsh

Photo: The Friends of lolani Palace

In 1881, King David Kalakaua of Hawaii ( went on a world tour, the first of its kind for a sitting monarch. He circumnavigated the globe, stopping in Asia, India, Egypt, Europe, and the United States. Among other things, he sought to encourage immigration from the Asia-Pacific region, as Hawaii’s dwindling population had created a labor shortage on its sugar plantations. But the king also wanted to introduce the culture of Hawaii to the world, and he was curious about modern science and technology.

When he arrived in Paris in August 1881, the International Exposition of Electricity ( was just getting under way. The exposition showcased the latest advancements in electrical technology, such as dynamos, batteries, and lighting. The first International Electrical Congress ( also convened during the exposition, with participants presenting papers, discussing research, and deciding on definitions for the ampere, the volt, the ohm, and other electrical units.


Approved Changes to the IEEE Constitution

Friday, January 29th, 2016

At the November 2015 meeting the IEEE Board of Directors approved the presentation of revisions to the IEEE Constitution, in the form of one amendment, for consideration by the eligible voting members of IEEE. The amendment will be included as a part of the 2016 IEEE annual election package.


Call for participation: IEEE DIY Project

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Call for participation: IEEE DIY Project: deadline 7 December

The IEEE DIY Project was created to help encourage and support future makers by allowing them to showcase new and innovative projects. Students and engineers from around the world are invited to submit DIY (Do It Yourself) tech projects to share their ideas with peers and help contribute to existing projects by commenting and voting on them. Each submission must be an engineering project that was built or created using hardware or software. Top projects will be highlighted in a monthly video series and on the IEEE social pages, and in December, five winners will be chosen and will receive Amazon gift cards worth up to US$500.

Your project cannot be from a professional job or paid for by a company.
You must be the person or member of a team that created the project.
You must provide an image or video of the project.

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