MGA Scoop

May 2020

Upcoming Events

The IEEE Virtual Events Calendar provides an up-to-date listing of major upcoming events and those now available on demand.

Important Information: IEEE has established a single platform for all #COVID19 related resources to support our members during the pandemic. Access the latest virtual educational opportunities, free e-books, virtual networking, and more in one place by visiting


IEEE Members in the News: Can a smart thermostat protect you from the coronavirus?

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IEEE Fellow Karen Panetta discusses the impact smart thermostats have on the spread of bacteria and viruses and how that may impact the infection rate of COVID-19.

Learn more about IEEE members who are working on projects to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit IEEE On the Front Lines to read about them.

Application for the Volunteer Leadership Training Program Opens 1 June 2020

2020 VoLT Program Call for Participation

The application for the 2020 Volunteer Leadership Training (VoLT) Program opens June 1st! The VoLT Program invites volunteers who have a desire to continue growing as IEEE volunteers and lead their local units to complete the program’s prerequisite courses, and apply for the program.

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IEEE MGA Call for Nominations

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee is soliciting nominations for 2021 MGA committee member and liaison positions.

Each IEEE Region is encouraged to submit nominations to help ensure that MGA is globally balanced. Self-nominations are encouraged.

The deadline to submit nominations is 1 August 2020.

Sign in with your IEEE account username and password to view "My Nominations" under the “Login” tab.

Nominate yourself or a colleague now

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IEEE Into Focus Photo Contest is back - what a great way to engage members...

Send us photos of what you think represents your experience as a member. Whether you are building a robot, attending a conference, collaborating with your classmates, or engineering new technology – we want to know what IEEE means to you. Not only is there a chance you could see your photos in future IEEE communications, but you also have the chance to win a US$50 Amazon gift card.

Here is how it works:

An individual enters a photo of what they think represents their experience as a member. Examples may include building a robot, attending a conference, collaborating with classmates, or engineering new technology. The contest gives members the chance to show off some of the innovative projects they may be working on and they might even get to see their photos in future communications.

When they post their photos on social media, people can vote for their favorites. Each month, the one with the most number of votes will receive an US$50 Amazon gift card.

Use this link to share in all your communications:

For questions, reach out to Adrienne Hahn

Humanitarian Activities Committee Funding Opportunities

The IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) and SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology) are prioritizing grassroots IEEE member project proposals that have a strong potential for immediate impact in the fight against COVID-19. The deadline for this Special Call for Proposals has been extended through 01 June 2020 in order to continue providing resources to volunteers making an impact during this pressing situation. Proposals may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed continuously via an expedited process to allow selected projects to get started right away.

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New Discounts

IEEE introduces a suite of health services discounts for members in the US. These discount plans are not insurance, so you cannot be turned down.

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Vison Care: This program which includes lenses, frames, contact lenses and more is available separately or added to the following bundle of services:

  • Teledoc
  • Counseling services
  • Alternative medicine (multiple provider types)

IEEE Member Discounts Marketplace features 15% off professional leadership training. This virtual, 8- week course helps develop the soft skills needed to be an effective leader. This discount applies worldwide. Login to see details in Marketplace.

Members with student debt in the US may access the services of GradFin, to refinance student loans and reduce their expenses.

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THE IEEE APP: Let’s Stay Connected...

Download the IEEE App today

Discover the valuable tools and resources of IEEE through the IEEE app. As an IEEE leader, volunteer, or member, the app can be personalized allowing you to see, read and choose how you want to engage and connect to all things IEEE, as well as network globally:

  • Create a personalized experience
  • Get geo and interest-based recommendations
  • Schedule, manage or join meetups virtually
  • Read and download your IEEE magazines
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest news
  • Locate IEEE members by location, interests, and affiliations

The world of IEEE is waiting. Download the IEEE App today and go to the IEEE App marketing toolkit to help get your message across to your audience.

Ways to Reduce Expenses for Home and Work in US and Canada

Member discounts from Dell can help you work remotely. The Dell Member Purchase Program is now available in Canada and the Dell Small Business discount is available in the US. Login at for ongoing discounts and timely special offers. Also, UPS member discounts apply to a broad portfolio of services, including shipping (air, international, ground, and freight), get enhanced protection, as well as print and a wide variety of marketing materials online. Login to create your UPS discount account.

Have you completed an eLearning course?

Enter now for a chance to win a US$100 Amazon gift card! IEEE is here for you as you transition to learning and working remotely through our collection of eLearning courses that help you keep up with the latest skills needed by engineers and technologists. IEEE Educational Activities is excited to announce the IEEE Learn Together Photo Contest.

To be eligible, you must complete at least one (1) eLearning course by 11:59PM on 30 June 2020 and receive an official IEEE certificate of completion prior to submitting an entry.

Click here to submit your selfie!

Give the Gift of IEEE Membership

Support graduating students who are launching their careers during unprecedented times. IEEE offers its members the right tools and resources at every career stage so members can stay current in their chosen technology profession, connect with peers, and invest in their future. Give the gift today and the recipient will get membership benefits through the end of 2020, plus you save 50% on their membership dues.

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Our New Virtual Reality. IEEE Students: Virtual Speakers Bureau

The 2020 Student Activities Committee, under the guidance and leadership of its Chair, Professor Elisa Barney, cordially invites you to become a Virtual Speaker for IEEE Student Branches.

To become a Virtual Speaker, start by completing the form found at For more information about this initiative see

IEEE Discover Badge Recipients Now Exceed 400

IEEE Discover Badge, the first of a three-part series, IEEE Badge Challenge, is underway. The badge series is a first of its kind initiative that introduces individuals to the support and resources available from IEEE.

The Badge Challenge is enjoying great participation, with the IEEE Badge Hub Community growing to over 1000 participants, 400 of which have already earned the Discover badge. Participation is open to all, with special benefits for IEEE Members. IEEE Sections whose Members have earned badges will be recognized. The competition is on, members from thirty-three sections have earned badges.

Staying connected and engaged during these uncertain times is an investment in your future. Hayes Lewis, an IEEE member from Fort Worth, Texas, USA reported that the badge challenge introduced him to someone with common interests he would not have met otherwise.

This challenge will be ending soon, don’t miss out on your chance to win prizes! IEEE Discover Badge will be available until 11:59PM on 01 June, you’ll need all three badges to win the IEEE Badge Challenge Grand Prize.

The journey begins in the IEEE Badge Hub Community, hosted on IEEE Collabratec.

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On-Demand Conference Education Resources Available

This may be an opportune time for new organizers and anyone changing conference roles to gain the knowledge and skills needed to be successful.

MCE Conference Education provides a comprehensive set of education resources, including 25 eLearning courses plus 28 on-demand webinars on a wide range of conference topics. All courses are available in the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE).

Conference role-specific learning paths help you gain the knowledge and skills to be successful. Learning paths are provided for:

  • Conference Treasurer
  • Technical Program Chair
  • Conference Publications Chair
  • Event Planning

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An IEEE account is required for CLE access.

IEEE Conferences Committee Announces Introduction to IEEE Virtual Events Resources

In the past few months, IEEE Conferences Committee, under the leadership of Bin Zhao, has been working diligently with IEEE staff supporting organizers in converting conferences to digital events.

Working with IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE), they developed “An Introduction to IEEE Virtual Events” as a resource to provide conference and event organizers with a framework for transitioning their in-person event to a virtual environment.

An Introduction to IEEE Virtual Events

An Introduction to IEEE Virtual Events

Resources for Volunteers

  • Webex Event User Guide available here

  • Interested in using Google Meet? Find out more at or send us an email at

  • IEEE Learning Network
    The IEEE Learning Network (ILN) gives members easy access to online learning content from across IEEE, all in one place. Browse hundreds of courses on core and emerging technologies, leadership skills, and more. Check out the weekly selection of courses that active IEEE members can purchase for US$10 each! See our discounted courses

  • Additional IEEE Virtual Events Resources
    The following IEEE resources can also be useful for organizers looking to virtualize their events: