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This page includes the schedule for Sections Congress 2011 (SC2011).

Since SC2011 will only last a few days, the SC2011 Committee would like to get everyone engaged prior to and after the event.  To support this effort, the SC2011 social media challenge was launched. Post, tweet, and blog about your SC2011 experiences before, during, and after the event by:

There is also a SC2011 mobile application, which allows attendees to view the schedule, list of exhibitors, sponsors, hotel information, and FAQs.

Opening Ceremony: Friday, 19 August 2011, 5:30-9:00 p.m. PDT

This is the opportunity for all attendees to get together and be officially welcomed to the 10th triennial Sections Congress.  


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General Session: Saturday, 20 August 2011, 8:30-11:30 a.m. PDT

The General Session sets the stage for the Breakout Sessions that are held throughout SC2011.   The session will be held on Saturday morning and focus on the following:

  • IEEE – Advancing Technology for Humanity – attendees with be provided with highlights on the positive impact IEEE is having around the world
  • Vint Cerf, Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, is the keynote speaker
  • Attendees will get information on how IEEE Sections and Chapters have an impact in the development of the member, and how the member can benefit from strong relationships between local units


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Breakout Sessions: Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 August 2011

There will be five Breakout Sessions on Saturday and Sunday, where speakers share information on specific topics with attendees, leaving time for a question and answer period.  The following tracks have been established:

  • Empower the Member
  • Enhance Geographic Unit Vitality
  • Serve the World


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Exhibits: Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 August 2011

The SC2011 Exhibits will be open Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 August 2011, from 7:00 a.m. PDT to 5:00 p.m. PDT in the Golden Gate Ballroom.  The exhibits area will offer delegates the opportunity to learn about IEEE products and services.


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Poster Sessions: Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 August 2011

The SC2011 Poster Sessions will be open Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 August 2011, during prescribed times, in the Mission Tunnel. Each Section and Chapter was invited to submit abstracts of posters on topics that are related to an IEEE goal, with particular emphasis on benefits to IEEE members and the theme of SC2011, “Empowering Members to Create the Future.” Presenters will stand next to their posters, deliver short oral presentations, and answer questions regarding the topic of the poster.


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IEEE Honors Ceremony: Saturday, 20 August 2011, 6:00 p.m. PDT

The 2011 IEEE Honors Ceremony will be held on Saturday, 20 August.  IEEE President, Moshe Kam, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies along with co-presenter, IEEE President-Elect, Gordon Day. The theme for this year's ceremony is the Power of Persistence. The program for the evening will include the recognition of 27 recipients including the Medal of Honor recipient, Morris Chang.

The IEEE Honors Ceremony will be available to view live on Saturday, 20 August at 6:00 p.m. PDT/18:00/22:00 UTC on the network.


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Plenary Session: Sunday, 21 August 2011, 9:30 a.m. PDT

Howard Michel, Vice President, Member and Geographic Activities, will review the progress made on 2008 Sections Congress Recommendations.


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Special event, a visit to Computer History Museum: Sunday, 21 August 2011, 5:00-10:00 p.m. PDT

Don't miss an optional event to be held on Sunday night - a trip to the world-class Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

Why you won’t want to miss this trip:

  • It’s the only SC2011 event in Silicon Valley - where many luminaries of the industry will be joining us.
  • Free tour through the brand-new, US$19M interactive multimedia exhibit, "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing."
  • Free food and reception. (Total of US$60 value including the tour.)
  • Visit table top exhibits for each of the Technical Societies, Councils, and Affinity Groups. A great opportunity to learn from what others are doing.

See what others are saying: 

  • “Visiting the Computer History Museum is a unique and stimulating experience… Don’t miss it!” Lew Terman, 2008 IEEE President
  • “The Computer History Museum is a must-see opportunity...” Richard J. Gowen, President, IEEE Foundation
  • "Who knew our geek boxes could look so much fun!" Anne ONeil, CAE, IEEE Solid State Circuits Society Executive Director

Though much more value than the US$60 actual cost, the event itself is free, except for a subsidized transportation fee of US$10 per member (US$5 per additional guest).

This is an exceptional opportunity, especially for those outside the Bay Area!

Sign up for this special event during registration.


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Closing Ceremony: Monday, 22 August 2011, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT

The Closing Ceremony will be the opportunity for the primary Section delegates to provide their official input on the SC2011 recommendations that have been prepared. Their input will be used to determine the top MGA projects for 2012 and beyond. The Closing Ceremony will also include the following speakers:

  • Q&A session with IEEE President-elect Candidates, Roger Pollard and Peter Staecker
  • Loretta Arellano, Program Committee Chair
  • Gordon Day, IEEE President-elect
  • Keynote Speaker Jim Fruchterman, Benetech, President, CEO, Founder

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