The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board partnered with Region 6 and the San Francisco Bay Area in hosting the IEEE Sections Congress 2011 in San Francisco, CA, 19–22 August 2011.
The Sections Congress 2011 was a very successful event and was the largest Congress attended to date. A total of 1,133 attended from 92 countries with representatives from 294 Sections and 41 Technical Societies/Councils. The Congress included a total of 33 different breakout session topics, with a total of 84 speakers. These sessions will be incorporated into the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence.
The IEEE Honors Ceremony was held on Saturday evening. IEEE President Moshe Kam served as the Master of Ceremonies, along with co-presenter IEEE President-Elect Gordan Day. A total of 27 recipients were recognized, including the Medal of Honor recipient, Morris Chang.
Social media enhanced the Congress this year, such as using a blog to receive comments regarding this year's recommendations. Additionally, the SC2011 Facebook page generated comments from recipients around the world, and Twitter was utilized to promote and encourage individuals to view the sessions both recorded and fed live via IEEE.tv.
The Primary Section Delegates voted on the IEEE Sections Congress 2011 Recommendations during the closing ceremony on Monday, 22 August. The following are the top five recommendations: