How will you celebrate the fifth annual IEEE Day on 7 October?

The day commemorates the 1884 meeting in Philadelphia when members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, one of IEEE’s predecessor societies, gathered for the first time to share technical ideas. IEEE volunteers—through their sections, student branches, or other regional organizations—are organizing a potpourri of celebrations.

IEEE Day—which was a winner in the 2010 Member and Geographic Activities Challenge that asked members for proposals that would deliver tangible member products, services, and increase the value of IEEE membership—is an event to give local units the opportunity to celebrate IEEE on the same day around the globe. In the first year, 75 activities were held. The event has grown annually, with more than 400 celebrations last year. Organizers hope to reach 555 activities this year, involving all 10 IEEE regions.

“We couldn’t do it without our members, our fans and followers, our volunteer organizers, and all of the many folks around the world who have been with us at various stages along the way,” says IEEE Member Bibin Parukoor Thomas, who is organizing social networking campaigns for the celebrations.

Organizers say they hope that many activities will embrace the “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow” theme and show how IEEE members and related technologies are having a positive impact on the world. The broad theme has allowed members during the previous four IEEE Days to organize activities that fit the needs of their community.

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