In the month of October, members of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering) Kenya Section were hosted by the Vice Chancellor of Riara University, Prof. Robert Gateru, to celebrate this day. Among the speakers at the event were Silas Macharia from IBM East Africa, Bob Afwata, from Gearbox and Reinhardt Rading, the Section ambassador for IEEE Day.
All who were in attendance got to know more about the IT(Information Technology) space in Kenya, with emphasis on Cloud computing and IoT(Internet of Things). Various leaders in IEEE also shared more about the Section’s activities and committees in which students and professionals can plug into to learn more and give back.
IEEE Day is an annual celebration of the first time in history when engineers worldwide and IEEE members gather to share their technical ideas accomplished since 1884. It is honoured in every IEEE Region and Section throughout the world as it is a day to celebrate IEEE members.The theme for this year’s commemoration was: “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow”. IEEE focuses on technological solutions that the world will need in the future.
The event attracted students from several universities as well as professionals eager to know more about IEEE and how they can benefit from membership in the global organization. It was a day of learning, networking and great fun as members got to know each other and share ideas on ways by which they can contribute to the development of technology in the country.
IEEE Kenya is looking forward to growth through various platforms such as IEEEXtreme, a 24 hour programming competition that will see students from Kenya compete with teams from all over the world on 22nd October, and an Entrepreneurship Conference to be held in November.
Ministry of Energy & Petroleum, Chief ICT officer, Ms Esther Kagunya, a member of Women in Engineering(WIE) under IEEE Kenya Section encouraged the students especially ladies not to be afraid of taking up STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses. Kagunya also requested other stakeholders to support the WIE section through collaborations and networking for growth.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming more students and professionals into IEEE, to be part of this incredible journey of learning and growth,” remarked IEEE Kenya Section Student Representative, Sarah Wanjohi.