Trivandrum to host Humanitarian Technology Meet

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Tvm: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), one of the world’s largest professional society and premier standards-making body, is organising an International Conference at Kovalam on the theme ‘Humanitarian Technology Challenges for the 21st Century’ on February 20 – 21, 2010.

The conference, organized by IEEE and its different initiatives – IEEE Foundation, IEEE Region 10, Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC) and Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) – has the agenda of bringing together the engineering fraternity together with all other stakeholders on a single platform. The conference is mandated at initiating an ongoing multi-stakeholder process that will influence the humanitarian agenda of IEEE.

Technologies for Sustainable Development; Technologies for Disaster Management; and Technologies for Education are the themes for the meet. The Conference is set to initiate a new interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder consultative process, something that has been so far lacking in the development discourse. It is hoped that this process will benefit humanity by identifying and addressing the most important challenges that technology can solve.

The meeting will be addressed by several senior IEEE leaders including Dr. Richard Gowen, President, IEEE Foundation; and Dr. Janina Mazierska, IEEE Region 10. Prominent NGOs, IT Industry, academic institutions, officers from the state and central Governments and UN functionaries are expected to take part in the deliberations.

Organizations participating in the event include UNDP Delhi; Plan International; American Indian Foundation, Delhi; TCS, Mumbai; CDAC, Trivandrum; Centre for Environment Education, Delhi; BSNL, Chennai; BEDROC, Nagapattinam; Amrita University, Kollam; FishMARC, Trivandrum; IT@School, Trivandrum; and SPACE, Trivandrum.

The Conference is hosted by the IEEE Kerala Section, and is supported by the Kerala State IT Mission.

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