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The All IEEE-R10 Young Engineers’ Humanitarian Challenge (AIyeHum) 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 to address them, focusing on actual implementation reaching the beneficiaries.
The teams will be awarded fund grants to support their implementation. Suitable mentors from industry and academia will be invited to guide the teams, depending on the requirements and availability. In addition, webinars will be held to assist the teams on important topics such as Service Learning, Project Management and Planning.
After 4 successful years in India, this program is now being organized to reach participants from all the Asia-Pacific (IEEE Region 10) countries. Bangalore Section is sponsoring AIyeHum 2014. Project proposal submission Project proposals are invited for submission. The projects should benefit an under-served population or solve a community problem, applying science and technology. A strong practical implementation of the projects, actually reaching the target beneficiaries is expected.
Multidisciplinary focus This contest encourages the participant teams actually work with beneficiary partners. The beneficiary partners, for example 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. You may not have a concrete collaboration with the beneficiary partner while you apply. However, it is important to have thought of one during the proposal submission. During the contest, you can work closely with the beneficiary partner and deliver your project. Although the technology component of the projects is important, it will be assessed on its problem solving capability. A simple but very effective solution will be valued more than a complex one with low impact. Expected Outcome Towards the end of the contest, it is expected that the projects will be used by the beneficiary partners and a comprehensive feedback is sought.
Ideally, we would love to see the projects adopted by the beneficiary partners and sustained for long term utilization. Good project V/s ok project Your projects can be between the two extreme ends as depicted below. It is better to be as close to the first example as possible. Example of a great project: We developed a low cost solar electric lighting system and deployed it in a village nearby. The project was able to light a few homes and users are happy to find the project affordable and easy to maintain. An NGO in the village is interested to manufacture more such project kits and distribute. Our project is such that it can easily be replicated and handed over to the NGO for administering it. We are working with the NGO to sustain its usage for long term.
Example of not-so-good project: We have implemented a great algorithm to identify gestures of a physically challenged person. It is intended that after recognizing gestures, control signals could be generated to control a wheelchair or home electronics or anything in general, nothing is specific though. We have not tested it on an actual patient but we feel that it might work great because it identifies my friend’s gestures. We have also not implemented a physical prototype system that uses this algorithm to help a patient.