IEEE HAC Empowers IEEE Volunteers in Their COVID-19 Response

In early 2020, the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic began to be felt around the world. HAC leadership recognized both the need for technologists to apply their expertise to the quickly arising challenges and the desire of many IEEE Members to help their local communities in whatever way they could. Starting in 2020 and continuing in 2021, IEEE HAC/SIGHT held three calls for proposals for grassroots IEEE member projects that utilized technology to primarily address local challenges of the COVID-19 situation. A second call was held in 2021 to expand the focus to include any pressing need affecting the targeted communities.

An outpouring of submissions from IEEE Members around the world came in response. In 2020, HAC received 229 proposals, setting a new record since HAC and SIGHT were established. In 2021, HAC surpassed the record from the previous year with 317 proposals received for the HAC/SIGHT calls for proposals. An additional 68 proposals were submitted to HAC joint calls for proposals with other IEEE entities, meaning that HAC Projects received a total of 385 proposals from 45 countries over the course of 2021.

A list of funded projects from 2020 – 2021 with a brief description of each one can be found in this spreadsheet.

IEEE HAC/SIGHT Success Story Portfolio

Some of the projects awarded funding in 2020 are presented in the first-ever Success Story Portfolio to showcase the diversity and initial impact of the IEEE HAC/SIGHT COVID-19 response. Each one has addressed a critical, complex problem within the project team’s local community with a solution. HAC/SIGHT is proud to share the stories of these funded projects and a summary of the activity’s initial outcome.

Thank you to all of the HAC/SIGHT Project Volunteers for your amazing efforts and ongoing contributions to your local communities. Your work makes a real difference!

Ask the Chair Session

You can also join 2021 HAC Chair Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan to learn the story of the HAC/SIGHT 2020 COVID Projects program and hear an update of the 2021 program in this “Ask the Chair” session.