IEEE HAC HEC (Humanitarian Entrepreneur Competition)

The IEEE R9 SBRM 2019 will have an IEEE HAC (Humanitarian Activities Committee) event. In 2019, we will hold the IEEE HAC HEC (Humanitarian Entrepreneur Competition) Regional Edition at IEEE R9 SBRM 2019.

The IEEE HAC HEC will be an unprecedented opportunity for IEEE R9 SBRM 2019 attendees to increase pre-event networking and learn with the material focus on entrepreneurship and humanitarian field to deliver projects of great social and economic impact. All IEEE HAC HEC teams will be defined by the IEEE R9 SBRM committee. Also, HAC HEC team members will receive webinar training before the R9 SBRM. The webinar training will have goal to support team members in their project design and presentation.

Important dates:


Competition presentation: October 25, 2019 (English, Spanish or Portuguese languages)

Registration period: October 13 - October 14, 2019

Online training period: October 14, 2019 – October 23, 2019.

Submission of the IEEE HAC HEC documentation: October 24, 2019 (11:59 PM / GMT-4 / Dominican Republic time)

IEEE HAC HEC Award Ceremony: October 25, 2019 (IEEE R9 SBRM Gala Dinner)



1st team position: one kindle to each team member and certificate

2nd team position: award certificate

3rd team position: award certificate


The 21st century has great challenges for humanity and engineering. The competition will be part of an official IEEE HAC (Humanitarian Activities Committee) event held as part of IEEE R9 SBRM activities. IEEE HAC HEC will create an environment for IEEE students and Young Professionals (YP) members to work together and learn Entrepreneurship and Social Return on Investment (SROI) best practices to make changes in the world and meet the next global challenges based on the 17 sustainable development challenges for 2030.

The main focus of the event is to align with real world challenges and real world leaders, also the IEEE HAC Humanitarian Entrepreneur Competition will engage IEEE student and graduate student members to propose new companies (product, technologies, services business or social entrepreneurship) based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals with analyse about the Social Return on Investment (SROI) in their companies in one or more of the following topics:

1) No poverty: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2) Zero hunger
3) Good health and well-being: Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being at all ages;
4) Quality education;
5) Gender equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls;
6) Clean water and sanitation: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all;
7) Affordable and Clean Energy: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy;
8) Decent work and Economic Growth: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all;
9) Industry, innovation and infrastructure: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation;
10) Reduced inequalities: Reduce inequality within and among countries;
11) Sustainable cities and communities: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable;
12) Responsible consumption and production: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns;
13) Climate action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts;
14) Life below water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources;
15) Life on land: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss;
16) Peace, justice and strong institute: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies;
17) Partnerships for the goals: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development;

Online training


All teams will have submitted business plan (ppt file) before the congress. Also, all teams will make pitch presentation (5 min) at IEEE HAC Humanitarian Entrepreneur Competition (October 25, 2019). Before the congress, all teams will have online training sessions with follow topics:

  • Social Return on Investment (SROI);
  • 17 Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Business plan;
  • Business Model Canvas;
  • SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis;
  • Empathy Mapping;
  • Pitch techniques;

Competition eligibility:

All students and YP with registration on IEEE R9 SBRM.


IEEE R9 SBRM (Student Branches Regional Meeting)

City: Santo Domingo

Country: Dominican Republic

Date: October 24-26

IEEE HAC HEC online training series

1st IEEE HAC HEC webinar

Date: October 17, 2019
Time: 6 PM (GMT)

Ph.D. Thiago Ribeiro de Alencar (IEEE HAC Education Committee member)


- Overview about the 1st IEEE HAC HEC Regional edition (IEEE R9 SBRM)

- 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (2030)

2nd IEEE HAC HEC webinar

Date: October 18, 2019
Time: 6 PM (GMT)

Ph.D. Thiago Ribeiro de Alencar (IEEE HAC Education Committee member)


- Empathy Map (customer)

- Business Model Canvas

- SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis

3rd IEEE HAC HEC webinar

Date: October 19, 2019
Time: 6 PM (GMT)

Ph.D. Thiago Ribeiro de Alencar (IEEE HAC Education Committee member)


- Entrepreneurship

- Social Return on Investment (SROI)

Documentation for the IEEE HAC HEC Competition

Eligibility: All team members.

Deadline to submit the competition documentation: October 24, 2019 (11:59 PM / GMT-4).

Each team must submit a ppt presentation (minimum 9 slides and maximum 15 slides) with the following 9 topics:

A) Project Name and Team Members

B) I am an entrepreneur

- Team highlights and biographies

C) Opportunities

- Describe the size of the market and major difficulties in the business area.

D) Solution and business model

- Business Model Description
- Problems to be solved
- Solution
- Consumers
- Benefits
- Monetization

E) Social Return on Investment (SROI)

- Describe SROI analysis for the new company.

F) Humanitarian, innovation and technological impact for new business

- Description of the humanitarian impact, innovation and technology and business on society based on the 17 competition themes (17 UN Sustainable Development goals).

G) Market and consumer benefits

- Describe if there is a prototype or preliminary results.

- Describe market size, consumer benefits and opportunities.

H) Initial investment

- Budget to start the business.

I) Financial planning

- Market demand considerations.

- Financial return of the project.


All IEEE HAC HEC (Humanitarian Entrepreneur Competition) teams have men and women IEEE volunteers from different countries. Each team will be represented by women member following the IEEE WIE (Women in Engineering) vision. These teams will have to propose new companies (product, technologies, services business or social entrepreneurship) based on the topics focus on 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Team 1

Team 2

Team 3

Team 4

Team 5