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IEC IEEE Challenge

IEC IEEE Challenge

Awards ceremony

The IEC IEEE Challenge 2012 invited academics to analyze and debate the theme "How does electrotechnology impact economic, social and environmental development?" Laureates were recognized at the IEC IEEE Challenge award ceremony in Oslo, Norway on 5 October 2012.


Photo gallery

Pictures of the IEC IEEE Challenge award ceremony, as well as posters and brochures are available for download:

zip file  "International Paper Formats" (DIN)  |   zip file  "US Paper Formats" (ANSI)



Award winners

The IEC-IEEE Challenge first prize was awarded to Ken Krechmer from the University of Colorado, USA for his paper: Cloud computing standardization.


The second prize was awarded to Axel Mangelsdorf, from the BAM Federal Institute of Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany, for his paper: The benefits of standards and standardization in the German electrical and electronic industry. Knut Blind, Chair of Innovation Economics, Technical University Berlin, Germany, is co-author of this paper.


The third prize was awarded to Joyce van de Vegte from Camosun College, Canada for her paper: Bridging the divide with a three-way handshake. The paper discusses how historical differences in the access to personal computers triggered a "digital divide" between those who benefit from the Internet and those who do not.


The publications were judged by a distinguished panel: IEC Immediate Past President Jacques Régis, former CEO of Hydro Quebec, Montréal; Dr. Moshe Kam, 2011 IEEE President, and Department Head, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel University; and Paul Markillie, Innovation Editor at The Economist.


The IEC IEEE Challenge attracted high-level submissions from universities globally.