Humanitarian Technology Project/Activities for IEEE R10 Sections
TENHUMCH (R10 Humanitarian Challenges)
Humanitarian Technology Committee encourage you to have Humanitarian Technology activities in your section and invite you to apply for funding (Online application is under process)
TENHUMCH is a project contest where contestants will develop technological solutions for the benefit of resource constrained and vulnerable communities thereby making a difference in peoples’ lives.
It provides opportunity for participants to work with NGOs and other organisations. The details of this initiative are given in the following.
TENHUMCH, formerly known as AIYEHUM, which received the IEEE MGA Innovation 2014 Award, is a project-contest to encourage young scientists and engineers to solve real-world challenges applying science and technology.
The contest aims at orienting young minds towards identifying community problems and developing technology solutions, focusing on actual implementation reaching the beneficiaries.
After years of successful initiative execution, we plan to announce a much bigger project seed grant this year.
Typically, we receive 80-100 project proposals every year. These projects cover a wide variety of technological areas including technology for silver age; assistive technology; healthcare; frugal technology; sustainability; intelligent mobility; smart nation; disaster recovery and social enterprise. A strong practical implementation of projects reaching target beneficiaries is expected. This contest encourages the participant teams to actually work with beneficiary partners, who could be a community having little access to electricity; or it could be an NGO working on rural education; a local government; an NGO; a social entrepreneurial venture; a hospital etc.
Historically we have seen the finalists to evolve into social entrepreneurs, and patent holders licensing technology to others.
One of the examples is a shortlisted project from AIYEHUM 2014, titled, ‘Microwave machine for weed detection and removal’, has filed patent and the work was posted in the local newspaper.
Terms and Conditions
- The team may comprise of Students, Young Professionals, Women In Engineering, professional/senior member, representative of local community member.
- Funding will be announced after selection of the project and disbursement of the funds will be linked to the periodic progress of the project
- Funding for a particular proposal is limited to a maximum of US$ 5000.00. Since funding is limited for only one proposal, selection panel will review all proposals very precisely and select only one based on United Nations’ Self Sustainable Development Goals and how the solution really create an impact in the society.
- Recipient of support fund should submit the reports periodically after every month and the funds can be transferred as per progress and after the verification from mentor.
- The selected proposal shall be submitted detailed report to R10 Newsletter.
- The representative of the best project may be invited to R10 HTC for their presentation (Section will be requested to fund the travels and local organizers will be requested to provide the local hospitality),
- Call for Proposals Initiated: April 06, 2018
- Deadline for Proposals: May 12, 2018
- Selected Project Announced: May 25, 2018
- Project Implementation Phase: June – October, 2018
- Amounts Reimbursed (as per progress): Final by November 30, 2018
Shortlisting of Projects
The R10 HTA Committee is currently inviting proposals for sustainable Development and Humanitarian Activities related projects. The committee will review proposals during 2018 and expects to fund only ONE proposal with budgets between $5000.00
An eminent Jury would shortlist the project proposals that address at least one UN Sustainable Development Goal and only ONE PROJECT will be awarded WITH $5,000 USD grant to support the development and implementation of the project. Proposals should cover the community-based approach with relevant environmental, cultural, socio -economic & infrastructural issues and policy priorities.
The shortlisted project will also be assigned mentors who will assist in the development of project and also keep track of the progress of project.
A mentor/member of Jury must be a senior member of academics, industry, NGO, etc. who has a good working experience.
An IEEE OU (normally local IEEE Section) must act as a fiscal agent for each group. IEEE financial requirements for funding disbursements will apply. Funds will not be disbursed to an individual.
We will greatly appreciate your kind support in circulating this information to the sections of your Region, Universities, Polytechnics, and Industries and encourage Student, Young Professional and WIE members to submit project proposals and other interested persons to submit Jury/Mentor Applications.
Attributes of a project considered
- Local IEEE volunteers identifying the real problems of the community in consultation with local NGO or relevant stakeholder to solve the problem local
- Proposal must fulfil the need of local underserved community and how the solution will be beneficial for them.
- Project must involve the local community with relevant stakeholders.
- The projects must have some technology component, leveraging IEEE’s core competencies, these can be applied to any focus area (e.g. Agriculture, Education, Energy, Healthcare, Water and Sanitation, etc)
Projects NOT considered
- The project without community involvement
- Research and commercial projects
- Projects without sustainability plan
For more details on Evaluation Criteria, submission of project proposal and applications to mentor and jury, will be follow-up shortly.
R10 Humanitarian Technology Activities Coordinator, Prof. Parkash Lohana, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
R10 Humanitarian Technology Activities Coordinator