8 Ways to Get Involved on IEEE Day

IEEE Computer Society Team
Published 10/03/2023
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Celebrate IEEE DayIEEE Day, celebrated on the first Tuesday in October each year, marks the contributions and achievements made by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to technology and engineering.

In this article, you’ll learn about the history of IEEE Day, reasons to highlight this in your local community, examples of how to get involved, and how the IEEE Computer Society impacts technology.


History of IEEE Day

IEEE Day was officially inaugurated in 2010, marking the anniversary of the founding of IEEE in 1884. It’s a day when IEEE members and volunteers worldwide join to celebrate the organization’s contributions to technology and society. The date coincides with when the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) and the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) merged to form IEEE, uniting various electrical and electronics engineering branches under one organization.


Why Celebrate IEEE Day?

Fostering Innovation: IEEE has played an instrumental role in driving innovation. Celebrating IEEE Day acknowledges the remarkable technological advancements made possible through the efforts of IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society, being at the forefront of innovation, from developing the transistor and the internet to groundbreaking research in AI and green tech.

Global Community: IEEE Day brings together a diverse community of professionals, researchers, educators, and students from all corners of the world. It allows like-minded individuals to connect, collaborate, and share knowledge.

Education and Outreach: IEEE Day is not just for members; it’s a chance to educate the public about the importance of technology in our daily lives and inspire the next generation of engineers and technologists.

Professional Development: IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society provide resources for members and the community to enhance their professional development, including our resource library, technical publications, conferences, and local chapter networking events.

Ethical Responsibility: IEEE strongly emphasizes ethical considerations in technology development and reaffirms its commitment to using technology to improve society and promote responsible engineering practices.


IEEE Day Membership Discount

In honor of IEEE Day, we are pleased to extend to our community a special offer:

IEEE Students can add Computer Society membership for Free!

IEEE Professional members can add Computer Society membership at 50% off!

*Cannot be combined with any other IEEE Computer Society membership offers. Valid only for new and reinstating members. Expires Tuesday, 10 October at 11:59 pm ET.

Become a Member and enhance the value of IEEE Computer Society as your professional home. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and X (Twitter) for the latest news and highlights.


Get Involved in IEEE Day

Below are some ideas to keep in mind for a successful IEEE Day event. Envision what type of event you want to host, such as:

  • Networking event (virtual/in-person)
  • Team coding event
  • Humanitarian/Philanthropic event
  • Technical talk
  • Organize and partner with other IEEE chapters and speakers
  • Register your event on vTools
  • Promote your event using our IEEE Day toolkit
  • Take pictures and have fun! Be sure to share your support on social media

Some of our past IEEE Day events include:

Get involved and find events in your area today using our chapter locator map.


Programs Supported by the IEEE Computer Society

The IEEE Computer Society Emerging Tech Fund supports connecting communities with new technologies and applications with the greater computing community. Each project is eligible for up to US $50,000. Here are a few examples of the projects that have accessed the Fund’s support.