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Global photography competition to tackle outdated image of Engineering

Bengaluru, April 16, 2019: In a bid to challenge public misconceptions and the stereotypical image of engineering and technology and dispel its traditional image of hard hats and dirty overalls, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched its annual photography competition for 2019.

The IET Engineering & Technology Photographer of the Year 2019 encourages photographers, amateur and professional from across the globe to photograph any engineering-related subject that captures the dynamic, creative and progressive face of engineering and engineers today by both adults and children.  Participants, split into two age groups: under 16 and 17 and over, can enter up to five photos to the following five categories:

●       Design & Production

●       Digital

●       Environment & Energy

●       Structures

●       Transport

Host of British Television series, Gadget Show and judge of the competition, Georgie Barrat, says, “Engineering is exciting and fast-changing – shaping the world around us and improving the quality of our everyday lives. There are so many creative and varied careers within the profession and yet traditional images of engineering and engineers tend to focus on hard hats and dirty overalls. That’s why this photography competition is vital in challenging public misconceptions and inspiring the next generation of engineers. I’m excited to be working on this competition for a second year and can’t wait to see everyone’s images.”

IET YPC Vice-Chair Dr Imran Ansari, added “This is the third year that the IET has run this competition and we’ve had some really fantastic images entered over the past two years, showing just how cool and varied engineering really is. We want to build on this bank of images and banish the perception that engineers just fix or mend things. By making this call for creative and stand out images, we hope that we can help to highlight the modern, exciting and creative nature of an engineer’s work and demonstrate that their work is all around us and central to our everyday lives.”

Along with Georgie Barrat, the judging panel also includes Nigel Atherton, Editor of Amateur Photographer magazine, Gillian Abbott, Picture Editor at E&T magazine and Vice-Chair of the IET Young Professionals Committee and electrical engineer, Dr Imran Shafique Ansari.

The judges will look at every entry and award cash prizes to five adult category winners and five junior category winners. An overall winner for the adult entries and an overall winner for the junior entries will be selected for an extra cash prize. The best photo taken on a smart phone across all categories will also win a cash prize.  Winners’ photographs will appear in a central London exhibit and be published in leading photography magazine, Amateur Photographer.

The deadline for entries is August 30, 2019. To find out more about the competition and to enter, please visit theiet.org/photographer-of-the-year.

About The IET:

Founded 148 years ago, the IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. The IET has more than 167,000 members in 150 countries, with active networks of members in 37 countries. In India, the IET has over 13,000 members, 8 Local Networks and focuses on Energy, Transport, Information & Communications, IoT and Education sectors. The IET aims to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community to engineer a better world. The IET wants to build the profile of engineering and technology to change outdated perceptions and tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices. For more information, visit www.theiet.org

Registrations open for IoT India Congress 2019

IoT India Congress encourages the community to cast their votes and make a difference in the society

Bengaluru, April 17, 2019: This year as the entire country goes into elections beginning from April 11, 2019, the IoT India Congress and the IET want to bring about a change and encourage and engage with voters.

The IET is urging all Indian citizens to exercise their right to vote and create a positive impact that will benefit the community, state and the nation for the greater good. This year IoT India Congress 2019 has launched its registration process with a special incentive for people who are voting. To avail this benefit, all you have to do is share your photo with the inked finger on our social media platforms- Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and our official website with the hashtag #IoTIndiaCongress2019 or write to us at register@iotindiacongress.com. Register now at http://www.iotindiacongress. com/register/

Mr. Shekhar Sanyal, Country Head and Director, IET India said, “As we are at the cusp of a new future, we want all citizens to be responsible and vote in large numbers because only YOU can decide on the quality of life you want for yourself and the future generations. Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you care about like public transportation, raising minimum wage or even funding local schools. This is your country: so, make time to help decide what’s best for you and your community.”

Do make sure that you make your voice heard in these elections.

About IoT Congress:

IoT India Congress is a flagship event organised by the The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). IoT India Congress 2019 is the 4th edition of India’s largest Platform of Platforms for the Internet of Things. While our first edition was devoted to unifying the fragmented IoT ecosystem and building the Platform of Platforms for the Internet of Things, the second edition focused on exploiting this platform for unravelling business outcomes and demonstrating business opportunities. Over the 3 editions, the event has gained significant momentum and engagement with key ministries of the Government of India. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Electronics & IT, Department of Telecommunications, NITI Ayog – India’s apex planning body of India have all supported this event.

Our conference theme for this year is Mainstreaming the Internet of Things. Through this we aim to get the audience to come to a consensus that IoT is now Business as Usual and a significant driver of businesses and industries.

We’re set for a bigger and more successful edition.

For more details, please visit: http://www.iotindiacongress.com/

IET Achievements Awards for exceptional engineers and technicians: Nominations open

16 of the world’s top engineering and technology talents will be honoured with medals for services to the industry

Bengaluru, April 23, 2019: The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has opened nominations globally for its prestigious Achievement Awards 2019.

 The IET Achievement Awards exist to recognise individuals from all over the world who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of engineering, technology and science in any sector. This can be through research and development in their respective technical field or through their leadership of an enterprise. The Awards also honour young professionals and feature the Apprentice and Technician of the Year Awards, which include the Apprentice of the Year, Technician of the Year and Armed Forces Technician of the Year.

Neeraj Kumar Sharma, a Geotechnical Engineer from Bangalore, currently working in the India office of Atkins as a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, won the prestigious Technician of the year award in 2018, for his extensive experience and strong technical skills in geotechnical design of transportation infrastructure.

On receiving his award last year, Neeraj commented, "It was indeed a great privilege and honour to be recognized from a pool of such highly talented and dedicated individuals.  A recognition of this scale was a fantastic way to promote engineering and technology among my colleagues and friends and put the spotlight on the younger engineers working in our industry. Personally, this award has undoubtedly raised my profile both within and outside the company and I find people in general are now more interested in knowing about my career".

Mike Carr, IET President, said, “The IET’s Achievement Awards recognise talented individuals across the globe who have each excelled in their professions and have made a vast contribution as pioneers of important areas in the engineering and technology industries. “If you work with an exceptional engineer or technician, please don’t hesitate to nominate them for these prestigious awards. I wish everyone the best of luck and look forward to celebrating the very best engineering and technology talent who have all helped shape and advance the world around us for the benefit of society.”

Professor William Webb one of the winners last year was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies, which was subsequently sold to Huawei in 2014 for $25m.  As IET’s youngest former President, he led initiatives to broaden the IET’s reach and make its output more relevant to the non-engineering community. He has also been instrumental in pioneering changes to radio spectrum management as the Director for UK's Ofcom.

On receiving his award last year, William commented: “It’s wonderful to get peer recognition as a sign that my work has been noticed and is making a difference. It is also a great motivator to keep actively working across the industry to achieve more in the future.”

The Achievement Awards will take place as part of the IET’s Achievement Awards and Scholarships programme, which celebrates excellence and research in the sector and encourages the next generation of engineers and technicians. All IET awards seek to inspire and reward engineering excellence, including apprentices at the start of their careers, through to reputable, established professional engineers and technicians.

 Find out more about the Achievement Awards here: www.theiet.org/achievement.

About The IET:

Founded 148 years ago, the IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. The IET has more than 167,000 members in 150 countries, with active networks of members in 37 countries. In India, the IET has over 13,000 members, 8 Local Networks and focuses on Energy, Transport, Information & Communications, IoT and Education sectors. The IET aims to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community to engineer a better world. The IET wants to build the profile of engineering and technology to change outdated perceptions and tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices. For more information, visit www.theiet.org.

More about the IET Awards

The IET provides awards, prizes and scholarships, to celebrate excellence and innovation in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians. The portfolio of awards includes Diamond Jubilee scholarships, Apprentice and Technician awards, scholarships in India, the Present around the World competition and the IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize. For more information visit http:/www.theiet.org/awards