July 2020 Issue

IEEE Member Benefit for July 2020


Call for participation - IEEE open source design peer-review

IEEE SA recently launched an open source platform. Our committee is looking for volunteers that are knowledgeable on publication peer-review (e.g. IEEE's Xplore or conferences) or product release management to help define a new service:

  • peer-review of open source designs
  • a complementary service to publications
  • planned to draw on the technical expertise of IEEE members

Timeline and time commitment- We will submit our recommendations to the IEEE SA Open Source Committee in the 2020 calendar year. Time commitment requires participation in bi-weekly web conference calls, usually 1 hour long. Action items from these calls may require a few hours of work between calls: time commitment is expected to be light to moderate. Most of the work is expected to be done remotely with most communications being asynchronous (email, group chat, on-line repository, Google docs, etc) For additional information, contact the open source peer-review ad-hoc committee chair via email at alfredo.herrera@ieee.org

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  • Special Grants cover virtual activities and events

    Special Grants from the IEEE Canadian Foundation can cover virtual as well as in-person activities and events. Special Grants support new and innovative initiatives of interest to the IEEE Canada community.

    By all means, make first use of collaborative tools made available to you from IEEE, such as Collabratec, Webex or Google (Hangouts) Meet, or those from your school/work environment. Beyond those, IEEE Student Branches and other groups are encouraged to apply imagination to what might be possible and achievable in the present COVID-19 situation.

    Or perhaps there are initiatives that could start early as virtual then reasonably anticipate developing into hybrid or in-person, hands-on activities when the time is right.

    Projects that benefit or engage more people or have a broader impact on society will normally be given preference. Projects that are part of student’s normal course requirements (e.g. capstone design projects) will not normally be funded.

    Submissions for the next round of Special Grants are due August 15, 2020 with applicants notified of decisions by mid-September.

    Learn more here: http://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/sp_grnts.php
    Apply here: http://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/forms/sp_gr_app_e.php

  • IEEE Canadian Foundation 25/25 Campaign
    2020 is IEEE Canada 25th Anniversary! IEEE Canadian Foundation 25/25 Campaign invites a first-time or incremental $25 gift to celebrate 25 years of IEEE Canada – IEEE Canadian Foundation successful work that benefited many IEEE members and nonmembers.

  • Double Your Gift to the IEEE Canadian Foundation
    Your employer may have a charitable gift matching program. Typically, these programs match your personal contribution to registered Canadian charities. Each plan is different, and not always publicized, so please ask your HR department or look into your employee benefits. The IEEE Canadian foundation is a registered charity and operates under Canada Revenue Agency registration number 102450376RR0001.
    You may be eligible to participate in your company's charitable gift matching program if you are a:
    • full time or part time employee,
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