The 2019 edition of the IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit (IEEE VICS) was held Friday, 17 May 2019, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego, CA, USA. VICS 2019 gathered leading technology innovators, visionaries, and disruptors to share insights on emerging technologies and discuss their impacts on humanity’s future. The day culminated with the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony Gala, dubbed “The Oscars of Engineering,” which recognizes outstanding innovators for extraordinary achievements in electrical, electronics, communications, environmental, and safety technologies, computer science and engineering, engineering education, and the allied branches of engineering and related arts and sciences. VICS 2019 was graced by the presence of IEEE leadership and members, distinguished speakers and panelists. The event was live-streamed on IEEE.tv for the entire IEEE membership all over the world.
Colin Curtin and Subodha Charles from the IEEE Entrepreneurship steering committee attended VICS 2019 with the goal of networking and expanding our partner organizations to deliver programs with more value to our members. The event was also an ideal platform to exchange ideas among a wide spectrum of IEEE Organizational Units and explore potential collaborations.The Honors Ceremony Gala was a special occasion for IEEE Entrepreneurship as well since one of steering committee members, Mario Milicevic, was awarded the IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award for his contributions to the technical fields of error correction and quantum cryptography, engineering education, and the IEEE member experience.