ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY

IEEE is dedicated to fostering technological innovation that advances the engineering profession—and humanity—worldwide. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

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IEEE Collabratec Connects
Engineering Professionals

IEEE Collabratec displayed on a tablet

In 2015, IEEE launched IEEE Collabratec, a suite of online tools that enables technology professionals around the world to network, collaborate, create, and discover—all within a centralized hub. IEEE Collabratec offers distinct benefits for every audience within IEEE, including members and volunteers, authors and researchers, and other likeminded technical professionals.

IEEE Collabratec lets users network, collaborate, and create with technology experts around the world.

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IEEE Gives Voice to European Engineering Community

Pierluigi Mancarella, chair of the IEEE Energy Working Group

IEEE, through its European Public Policy Initiative, expanded the dialogue between the European engineering community and the European Union (EU). The initiative enables technologists to more easily share their concerns with the EU while allowing member countries to obtain critical input in matters of importance to IEEE.

Pierluigi Mancarella, chair of the IEEE Energy Working Group, at the IEEE Summit in Brussels

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Internet Initiative Bolsters Internet Governance Tactics

The IEEE Internet Initiative connected engineers, scientists, and industry leaders globally with policy experts to help improve the understanding of technology and its impact on Internet governance, cybersecurity, and privacy issues. As part of this effort, IEEE played a key role in the second World Internet Conference, also known as the Wuzhen Summit, with more than 2,000 state leaders, government officials, industry leaders, and experts participating in the three-day gala event.

On behalf of IEEE, 2015 IEEE President Howard E. Michel and IEEE Standards Association President Bruce Kraemer spoke at the event. Their talks called on technologists, policy makers, and all stakeholders around the world to preserve and enhance the value of the Internet and its future.

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SXSW Puts IEEE in the Spotlight

Jessica Colaco, Director of iHub, (left) and E. James Prendergast, IEEE Executive Director and COO (right)

Jessica Colaco, Director of iHub, speaking at an 2015 SXSW event

E. James Prendergast, IEEE Executive Director and COO, at IEEE’s Future of Identity party at the SXSW Festival

Every year, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas, offers IEEE the opportunity to reach young technology entrepreneurs and thought leaders by pushing the boundaries of engineering technology. In 2015, IEEE enjoyed packed sessions at the IEEE Future of Identity Series at SXSW. IEEE led the conversation on cutting-edge topics, such as body computing, brain hacking, and perceptions of personal identity and privacy in a world that is increasingly interconnected.

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Updated Patent Policy Encourages Innovation

IEEE strives to develop standards that can achieve universal availability and gain widespread adoption in the market. With this goal in mind, in March, IEEE updated its patent policy to foster a clearer policy encouraging greater innovation for the benefit of humanity. The update provides participants greater assurance that they can fairly license patents that can potentially be essential to the implementation of IEEE standards. These advancements received global in-depth attention by governments, standards development organizations, corporations, and the media. A comprehensive global outreach plan was created and implemented to help effectively communicate the updated policy and the benefit it offers.

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