Frequently Asked Questions

Basic information about IEEE

IEEE Day is celebrating the first time in history when engineers worldwide and IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884. One of the IEEE Day’s objectives is to show the ways thousands of IEEE members in local communities join together to collaborate on ideas that leverage technology for a better tomorrow. We celebrate IEEE members!

In the spring of 1884, a small group of individuals in the electrical professions met in New York, USA. They formed a new organization to support professionals in their nascent field and to aid them in their efforts to apply innovation for the betterment of humanity—the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, or AIEE for short. That October, the AIEE held its first technical meeting in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Many early leaders, such as founding President Norvin Green of Western Union, came from telegraphy.

IEEE Day is an annual event celebrated on the first Tuesday in October, IEEE Day 2020 will be held on 6 October. Celebrations can be held between 1 October and 17 October. Don’t forget to submit your event(s) on the IEEE Day map.

All IEEE members i.e. Senior member, Life member, Fellow, YP, students,… can celebrate the day


Each year there are contests, the rules of the contest, photo and video, are posted on the IEEE Day website. Members are encouraged to take pictures/video’s during the celebration which must include the IEEE Day 2020 logo.

It is simple to participate in the contests, there is a submission form on the website. You must be an active IEEE member to submit your entry.

The prizes are of monetary value in US dollars and are different for each category, first, second and third prize.

The winners of the contest are announced approximately 10 days after the close of the voting period, check the rules for dates.

Events Submission

The best place is on our website: The submission form asks you details about your event. Once your submission has been reviewed and approved, it will be shown on the world map so the other members will see your event and join!

Both. Any kind of event plus entertainment is welcomed. We encourage Leveraging Technology For a Better Tomorrow to be the focus but it is not mandatory.

Both. Any kind of event plus entertainment is welcomed. We encourage Leveraging Technology For a Better Tomorrow to be the focus but it is not mandatory.

You can hold a series of workshops, each would be a separate event and submitted as a separate event on the events map.

Unfortunately No, you should work with your local Section for funding your event.

We prefer to see IEEE Day t-shirts and any color of T shirt is acceptable.In case that you don’t have enough funds to print the t-shirt, showing IEEE Day logo on a banner or poster is enough. Logo can be color or black or white

IEEE Day-in-a-Box Event Kit

This kit is intended to guide your IEEE Day event celebrations, guiding you on all aspects of event planning.

This kit contains a tutorial video to have a successful event, event ideas and event ressources with useful links..

Ambassador Program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all IEEE activities have been moving to virtual events. Even though IEEE Day is known to be the yearly in-person celebrations with your IEEE family, we too have to adapt to the new dynamics we are going through.

In this situation, the IEEE Day team has made some organizational changes for this year’s Celebrations: the Ambassador’s program has been exceptionally suspended. Therefore, there will be no Recruitment for IEEE Day 2020 Ambassadors.

More details about our exciting new plan and offerings for this year will be announced in due time.

For now, we encourage you all to stay safe and keep social distancing.