There have been more inventions during the past 100 years than in all of the previous history of mankind. This unprecedented technological advancement influences global trade and the environment, and brings social changes at national, regional and international levels.
Electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as electrotechnology – impact people’s comfort and standard of living, their communication and interaction with their environment. These technologies may largely determine a society’s ability to exchange information, develop and prosper. In turn, broad access to safe and efficient electrotechnology is dependent on universally accepted technical specifications and standards, which enable interoperability and international trade.
Based on all that precedes, the IEC and IEEE have launched “The Challenge” inviting academics to identify, analyse and debate why and how electrotechnology impacts economic, social and environmental development, including some of the driving forces and prerequisites for successful outcomes anywhere in the world.
The world’s academicians and universities will compete for US $45,000 in prize money, which will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners at a special awards ceremony in Oslo, Norway, in October 2012.
“The Challenge is a really exciting opportunity for us to reflect on the last 100 years of electrotechnological innovation, which has seen more inventions produced than in the history of mankind,” IEC CEO and General Secretary Ronnie Amit said. “We are appealing to the leading academic thinkers from the spheres of science, engineering, economics and beyond to demonstrate how electrotechnology has shaped and influenced how we live, work and conduct business today. We are urging the academic community to discuss such questions as: What role will electrotechnology potentially play in our future and how can it help solve some of our global challenges?”
Submissions will be judged by a highly distinguished panel:
- Jacques Régis, former CEO of Hydro Quebec, Montréal, Canada, and IEC Immediate Past President
- Dr. Moshe Kam, Department Head, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel University, and 2011 IEEE President
- Paul Markillie, Innovation Editor, The Economist
“Electrotechnology innovation builds on a platform of universally accepted technical rules and specifications, which enable companies to do business more efficiently on a global scale.” IEEE Executive Director James Prendergast said. “The global economy is increasingly complex and competitive, and companies need to comply with ever-stricter environmental and other regulations. It needs a common set of rules to allow companies to build products that can be exported easily and efficiently to many countries and provide governments with the means to measure and compare the performance and safety of devices.”
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- Registration for The Challenge officially opens today at a ceremony in Melbourne, Australia. The deadline for final registration is midnight, March 1, 2012 (UTC)
- Submissions must be completed by July 1, 2012 via the IEC-IEEE Challenge website exclusively
- Prize money totals $45 000
- 1st Prize: $20 000
- 2nd Prize: $15 000
- 3rd Prize: $10 000
- Papers can include a large range of topics, including: fundamental research and development; energy efficiency and climate change motivation; energy security; public health; roll-out of renewable and Smart Grids; waste management; environmental preservation; case studies where electrotechnology and standardization helped solve real-world challenges; economic growth and GDP; R&D; laws and regulations; safety of populations; technology transfer and information exchange; corporate efficiency and competitiveness; ability to innovate and export.
- The IEC-IEEE Challenge is open to all persons affiliated with an Academic Institution that offers post-graduate study programmes. These include members and heads of faculty, professors, lecturers, post-graduate students, teaching and research staff.
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