Sustainable Feet-On-The-Ground Humanitarian Technology


IEEE SIGHT Montreal, with the support of IEEE Montreal Section cordially invites you to attend the event ''Sustainable Feet-On-The-Ground Humanitarian Technology''. The event is free of charge

Nowadays, we are surrounded by technologies that have the potential to transform and positively impact the lives of underserved communities around the globe. However, in practice, the deployment of humanitarian technologies needs to consider many factors for a successful achievement, such as sustainability, reliability, socio-economic situation and environment risks. The goal of this event is to provide guidelines to make a humanitarian technology project sustainable while taking into account local challenges and the actual social impact.

Recognized speakers will share examples of real projects already implemented in Canada in order to inspire engineers and students to provide “feet-on-the-ground” solutions to local community needs. The two main speakers are both outstanding IEEE Canada volunteers and heavily involved in humanitarian technology. Moreover, a representative of Hacking Health, a non profit organization with which IEEE SIGHT Montreal has established a collaboration/partnership recently, will give an introduction to what they do to create innovative solutions to actual healthcare challenges.


  Date and Time




  • Concordia University
  • 1515 saint Catherine St W
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Canada
  • Building: EV Building
  • Room Number: 2.260

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  • Starts 22 March 2019 08:00 AM
  • Ends 15 April 2019 12:00 AM
  • All times are Canada/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge
  • Register


Anis Ben arfi


SIGHT Events and Projects for your Community


 Anis Ben Arfi is a postdoctoral fellow at the iRadio Lab  at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary. He currently serves as  the Chair of the IEEE Canada Humanitarian Initiatives Committee and the Chair of IEEE Rising Stars 2020 Conference.

Anis is an IEEE VOLT program 2017 graduate, and a winner of the 2017 IEEE MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award.

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 Isabelle Lusseyran

Hacking Health Global

Isabelle Lusseyran the Director of partnerships - Hacking Health Global

With a background in international business and a specialization in the healthcare sector and therapeutic innovation, Isabelle Lusseyran joined Hacking Health en 2014 as a motivated volunteer. Since 2015, she has been in charge of sponsorships and partnerships to support the Hacking Health movement at the global scale. Her professional experience includes project management, organization and facilitation of cocreation activities, consulting services, business development, partner relationship, mentoring, marketing and communication in the healthcare sector, in pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and not-for-profit organizations. What energizes her is bringing people together, people with various skills, tastes, from different backgrounds, cultures and organizations, to create meaningful solutions to improve people's health. 

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Xavier Fernando

Communication Technologies for Humanitarian Applications

Xavier is the Past Chair of the IEEE Humanitarian Initiatives Committee, Canada. He was the General Chair of the International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC) 2017. He was also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and has delivered over 50 invited talks and keynote speeches around the world. He has co-authored over 160 research articles and holds three patents (one pending). He is the Sole author of the book, ‘Radio over Fiber for Wireless Communications’ and a co-author of two more books.
He and his students have won several awards and prizes including: the First prize at the Humanitarian Initiatives Workshop of CCECE 2014; Second Prize at the 2014 IHTC Conference in Montreal; Best Paper Award at the International Conference of Smart Grid Engineering (SEGE 2014), UOIT, Canada, 2014; IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Prize in 2010, Sarnoff Symposium prize in 2009, Opto-Canada best poster prize in 2003 and CCECE best paper prize in 2001.
He is very active in serving the profession. He is the Chair of IEEE Canada Central Area 2016-17. He was the General Chair for IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) 2014. He was the Chair of IEEE Toronto Section and Member of IEEE Canada Board during 2012-13. He was a member of Ryerson Board of Governors during 2010-2011. He is a program evaluator for ABET and has visited American Universities for accreditation. He was a finalist for the Top 25 Immigrant Award of Canada in 2012. He joined Ryerson in 2001 and, received early tenure.
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5:30PM- 5:45PM: Registration and refreshments

5:45PM - 6:00PM: Introduction to SIGHT and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

6:00PM - 6:40PM: “SIGHT Events and Projects for your community” by Anis Ben Arfi

6:40PM - 6:55PM: Introduction to Hacking Health

6:55PM - 7:35PM: “Communication Technologies for Humanitarian Applications” by Xavier Fernando

7:35PM - 8:30PM: Networking

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to connect with people from the vast IEEE network and beyond. Undergraduate and graduate students are strongly encouraged to join us.

The event is free of charge, but space is limited. Please, reserve your seat in the link below

We want to hear from you! Food and refreshments will be served.