Canadian Humanitarian Initiatives Committee

collaborative technology addressing humanitarian needs



Highlights of Current HIC Canada Initiatives

HIC Canada was established to assist IEEE members realize their vision of a technology solution for a humanitarian challenge. The full extent of HIC Canada activities is determined by the creativity and dedication of IEEE Canada humanitarian volunteers. If you would like your humanitarian technology project listed here, please contact HIC Canada.

HIC Canada also sponsors specific initiatives to promote the development of humanitarian technology projects:

CCECE 2013

IEEE Canada HIC (Humanitarian Initiatives Committee) is a proud participant in the 2013 Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering to be held in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, May 5th to 8th, 2013!

IEEE Canada HIC Student Paper Competition

HIC Canada is organizing its first student paper competition for CCECE 2013.
Blue award HIC

Best HIC paper will be awarded full sponsorship to attend the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 2013 to be held in San Fransciso, California, October 20-23.

Possible topics for student papers include:

  • Green Energy
  • Reliable Electricity
  • Data Connectivity
  • Digital Health Records

Submissions on other topics are encouraged.

Student papers will be accepted through the CCECE 2013 conference submission process. In order to give the chance to all students to participate, late paper submissions will be accepted until March 28th. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a Canadian College or University. Authors should clearly indicate that their submitted papers are for the HIC Workshop. Papers will be reviewed and feedback will be provided to the authors.

CCECE 2013 Panel Discussion, in collaboration with Engineers Without Boarders

Meet the members of the IEEE Canada Humanitarian Initiatives Committee and hear about HIC Canada’s development, projects and impact. May 7th, during lunch at the CCECE.

Seats are limited, please reserve as soon as possible by emailing: the IEEE Canada HIC Chair, Dr. Ferial El-Hawary, or the Student Activities Committee Chair, Dr. Sawsan Abdul-Majid.

Open Hardware Licensing for Humanitarian Projects

HIC Canada is interested in understanding how to license hardware, electrical and mechanical, contributed to humanitarian projects so that the community at large can maximize its benefits. We would like to be able to suggest a legal framework under which copyrights, trademarks, patents, and any other required legal elements, all play together harmoniously to facilitate, rather than to hamper, the development of new humanitarian projects and the evolution of existent ones.

A view of the current state of open software and hardware technology has been compiled by HIC Canadas Open Source working group: Open SW and HW for Humanitarian Projects.

This is work in progress and we would really like to speed up on this front. Do you know something about this topic? Would you like to learn about it and contribute to its understanding? HIC Canada would like to hear about you! Please contact us.