Screenshot from day 1 featuring Region 8 Director Magdalena Salazar Palma, Congress Chair Gerard Duff, and IEEE Sweden Section Chair Samarth Deo
It is challenging to be an IEEE volunteer in the middle of a pandemic, the normal process of organizing events, going out and meeting engineers and promoting the benefits of IEEE goes out the window, so there needs to be a creative solution. The solution for the IEEE Region 8 Student Activities Committee, Region 8 Young Professionals, and Region 8 Women In Engineering came in the form of a virtual event, and the young engineers of IEEE Sweden Section hosted the opening day.
The IEEE R8 Virtual Student and Young Professional Congress took place between the 14th and 26th of September. Every day was hosted by a different Section from Region 8, with local content presented online from across our region. The event attracted close to a thousand participants who tuned in every day to see over 100 speakers during a two week span. The speakers included IEEE representatives including President-Elect Susan “Kathy” Land, numerous Society Presidents, and representatives from industry featuring speakers from Mozilla and NASA.
The Congress content followed the usual format, a mix of talks aimed at young engineers by academic and industry experts, with an emphasis on social networking aspects. The event was hosted on a platform called “crowdcast” and the links to the replays are available on the congress website here https://www.r8syp.com/vsyp-program or alternatively the R8SYP youtube channel.
Today’s environment means that no company in the world can guarantee job safety, but the congress endeavoured to show that IEEE will continue to provide the networking and learning opportunities that guarantee career safety.