This year, IEEE Indonesia Section receives the honor to host IEEE R10 HTC. The conference took place in Universitas Indonesia, from November 12-14, 2019. It is a premier annual cross-disciplinary conference that brings together technologists, engineers, scientists, investors, representatives from NGOs, governments, academia, and industry. The conference promoted discussions and development of Electrical, Communication, Computing, Security, and Disaster Relief areas to present results of recent advancements in technology in order to improve the lives of impoverished.

In conjunction with this event, WIE R10 organized a panel discussion and WIE video project competition. The track was held in November 13th, with the theme of “Collaborative Social Project for Women Empowerment”. 5 inspiring women in engineering field shared their thought: Prof. Takako Hashimoto delivered the topic of “Women Social Projects for Achieving SDGs”, Emi Yano talked about “Social Project Program for Rural and Urban Area in R10”, Prof. Riri Fitri Sari delivered the topic of “Facing the Reality of Women Empowerment Project in Education and Engineering”, Prof. Celia Shahnaz shared the topic of “Social Project in Biomedical and Engineering Implementation”, and Cut Noosy Keumalafajri delivered the topic of “Success Story of Women Empowerment in Telco Industry”. This session were lead by Dr. Karlisa Priandana from Institut Pertanian Bogor.

Nowadays women have broader chance to receive higher education and expand their knowledge in unlimited ways. These should promote more movements whereas women make bigger impact on societies through the use of technology. Through this track, the participants were able to enhance their network and have fruitful discussion about future collaborative social projects for women empowerment, including information of some funding possibilities.

As for the WIE video project competition, there were 2 categories: completed and on going project. The topic is “Women Movement in Engineering and Technology for Humanity”. The video must record activities of exploring, initiating and developing engineering for humanities purposes and have duration not more of 3 minutes. Later on the participants need to upload it in youtube platform. 3 finalists were chosen and invited in the track to give presentation of their projects. After a tight scoring and evaluation from the judges, 2 best videos were chosen as winners. The first winner is Widiya Tria Putri Hidayat from Telkom University with  project title “Women Empowerment on PATRIOT-net”, and runner up Dr. Karlisa Priandana from IPB University with project title “Women of IPB University: Introducing Engineering through Events and Projects”.

Agnes Irwanti, Committee of R10 WIE