In recent years, IEEE has placed great emphasis on Humanitarian Technology Activities, instituting the Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) in 2016. As part of a strategic effort toward member engagement, HAC has instituted a program called Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT).

Objectives of SIGHT

To promote the mission of IEEE regarding humanitarian technology activities, particularly:

  • To bring together members/IEEE OUs working in or wishing to work in humanitarian fields and to encourage and promote them in activities that use humanitarian technologies by giving them an opportunity for participation
  • Increasing awareness of IEEE members and engineers of the potential of their work to improve the standard of living of underserved populations, and encouraging them to increase efforts in this direction
  • To engage with NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, UN Organizations, Corporates, and other similar bodies to synergize efforts in delivering useful and sustainable technologies in their operations
  • To work with other bodies in the global engineering community who have similar goals and help each other in delivering to the ideals and participate in joint activities like Engineering for Change (E4C)

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Prerequisites to form a SIGHT

Six or more IEEE members in good standing and passionate in humanitarian technology activities centered on one or more above interest areas.Members must be affiliated to Section or Student branch.For Sections, at least three of those signatories must be representatives from two different chapters.

The prospective SIGHT will need to have an affiliation to a Society, Technical Council, Section, Geographical Council, Region, or Student Branch. The prospective SIGHT will need to submit an application requesting formation of a SIGHT.


If you are interested in forming a SIGHT group, you may apply by completing the 2016 petition (DOC, 873 KB) and submitting the application materials to the SIGHT Steering Committee for review via:

Email: (email preferred method)
Fax: 1 732 463 3657
Mail: SIGHT Steering Committee
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854-4141

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