COMMUNITY AND CONVERGENCE: IMPORTANT IEEE THEMES AT SXSW 2015 AND BEYOND

During this year’s SXSW Interactive Festival, IEEE’s Future of Identity Series offered multiple opportunities for networking, including the IEEE Future of Identity Official SXSW Party, the IEEE Women in Technology Summit, and the IEEE Young Professionals Mimosa Meetup. Through events such as these, IEEE has demonstrated its commitment to bringing together members of the larger technical community, encouraging those interested to meet, mingle, and have some fun!

IEEE is dedicated to providing similar opportunities year-round, facilitating convergence through many groups that provide a place for people to network, build relationships, and share ideas. With a focus on building technical communities, IEEE’s 39 Societies bring together professionals with similar fields of interest to enter a dialogue about their experiences, not only advancing their particular fields, but also empowering members to make connections and work between disciplines. IEEE’s 6 Technical Councils are comprised of Societies with similar focus, enhancing each participating field by encouraging ongoing collaboration. And many of IEEE’s Technical Communities offer free portals providing information that engages not only practicing engineers, but interested parties in a vast array of careers, to stay up-to-date on the most current emerging technology information and discuss the future of technology and its impacts.

IEEE sponsors more than 1,400 annual conferences worldwide, and is also highly involved in the technical program development of numerous events including trade events, training workshops, job fairs, and other programs. IEEE is certainly the place to connect with the engineering community on both a global and local level!

Additionally, IEEE offers a number of Affinity Groups, designed to bring people together with similar interests that extend outside of technical practice. IEEE’s Young Professionals group, as well as Women in Engineering group, sponsor meetups and other programming designed to expand the horizons of young, up-and-coming engineers, and women engineers, respectively. Holding events on both the local and global scales, these groups allow for networking and career development that focus on expanding the conversation between those at similar career stages, and those who can offer mentorship to younger or underrepresented parties.

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) drives global innovation through standards and consensus building. With members from nearly 100 countries, IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 1100 active standards and is developing over 500 standards through involvement of over 20,000 experts from around the world. Leveraging OpenStand principles, these experts help advance technology for the benefit of humanity.

Through many opportunities -- incorporating not only a focus on technical research and advancement in particular fields, but on bringing people together who can help each other’s careers flourish -- IEEE is the place to be if you want to build crucial communities, while having a little fun along the way.

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