IEEE Region8 News Dec 2013 - Page 9

student news DEAR IEEE Student Friends! A great year is now coming to an end with a better one to come. 2013 was a year full of excellent student activities and events, cross-sectional and sectional congresses as it is usual in odd years. So many nice memories from ISBC, MESBC, CEuSBC, HSBC and of course, all the Sectional Congresses like UK&RI, Egypt etc. Develop a mobile app and win big prizes SIX criteria will be judged: UI Design, User Experience, Usefulness, Availability, Number of supported platforms and Open source support. Participants must send us their applications (in proper format), screenshots and a short video of application in which they will show how app is working. Applications that pass the idea stage will go to development. All applications that pass the judging threshold will be uploaded on online market account for every mobile platform and will be available to download for free. All information about madC is available online at – just look under Students activities –> Awards and Contest –> IEEEmadC. You can also follow us on our official Facebook page at After the competition, every participant will receive a t-shirt and the best three teams will receive attractive prizes (smartphones, tablets, etc). The IEEE Foundation General Fund has given big support for IEEEmadC and IEEE Student Branch Osijek won the 2013 Student Enterprise Award for it. We invite all students to learn how to develop useful mobile applications, submit them to IEEEmadC and win great prizes. And don’t forget to have fun while doing it! Josip Balen IEEE Region 8 SAC has a new jewel Check out our new SAC Logo, above. This design is now the brand of our Student Activities in our Region. At this point, we would like to thank David Dias for his contribution this year, and to wish him good luck in his new adventures. Student and Young Professional Congress 2014 Yes, you read correctly: our Regional Congress has been renamed from SBC to SYP! This year’s event will be held in the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland, from 6–10 August 2014. University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan Technology day is great for catching up UNDER the patronage of Dr Kleif AlTarawneh, president of the University of Jordan, the IEEE JU Student Branch organised an event entitled ‘Technology Catch-Up’ with the Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Egypt Student Branch shows its qualities in leadership IEEE Egypt Section, Alexandria, Arab Academy for Science and Technology Student Branch wrote some more pages in its success story with its sixth annual event, ‘Leading Your Career, Leading Your Society 2013’. From 8–10 February, the programme covered 30 hours of technical workshops and soft skills sessions in three days. Our target audience included graduates, students and schools. For the first time, a short movie was shown in the Planetarium, with the theme ‘Be Unique… Change The World’. Our main sponsor, ITIDA, gave us technical and financial support. It will be a great opportunity for students to meet, learn about IEEE and its programmes, exchange ideas with other fellow students and professionals around Region 8 and have a memorable experience. Prepare your traditional delicacies, your nice outfits, energy and your best smile because SYP 2014 is going to Krakow! More details will be announced at the official website at You can always visit us at our webpage www. and Facebook page, or send us your news and awesome activities at and we can share with the world your experience. Keep up the excellent work and thank you for being part of the IEEE Family. See you at the next event. Your Region 8 Student Activities Committee, Pablo, Christian, Piotr, Efthymia, Elias and Djordje R8 STUDENT ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE New branding for SAC, new name for SBC... 2014 looks set to be even better Sparks Centre, Compute Square and Hashtag magazine gave us academic and media support. This year we welcomed representatives from Egypt Section, including Alexandria Student Branch, Helwan Student Branch and Misr University for Science & Technology Student Branch. We succeeded in securing female speakers and attendees thanks to the involvement of IEEE Women in Engineering. Daily feedback forms on organisation and programme content were highly positive with excellent ratings for registration, help desk, hosting, transportation, organisation, event agenda and venue. Participants at the Technology Catch-up event co-operation of the student initiative TechnoEcho. It was a two-day event at the Faculty of Engineering, gathering more than 300 University students from all over Jordan. The first part introduced the latest technologies and tools that the world is currently focusing on and which have the highest rate in development: smart phone development tools, markets and their changes day after day, web development, robotics, electronics and social media. The second part was about soft skills and managerial skills which encouraged each student to start his own project. It included sessions such as: how to know things, how to be an active millionaire, how to prepare yourself for interviews, and how to think creatively. All of these together with interactive sessions and contests with a big technology expo. This event was one of the biggest events in technology field in Jordan and attendees received certificates for the training they received. Mosab Alawad JU Student Branch vice chairman Ahmad Ayyad JU Student Branch chairman IEEE Region 8 News  December 2013  9