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IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association, honors the top minds in technology at its annual IEEE Honors Ceremony. The Honors Ceremony is a celebratory event where attendees from around the world congregate to recognize the most outstanding technical professionals in a wide variety of disciplines for extraordinary achievements and contributions that have made a lasting impact on society, and the engineering profession – that have advanced technology for the benefit of humanity. 

In 2021, IEEE Corporate Awards will be holding the IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit and Honors Ceremony in the cloud. Check back for more updates.

Past Events

In 2020, Following the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) of COVID-19 as a pandemic, local, regional, national, and international bodies have moved to restrict travel and mass gatherings. After careful consideration and in light of the global health emergency and pervasive travel restrictions, IEEE did not hold its 15 May 2020 IEEE VIC Summit and Honors Ceremony. This was a difficult decision; however, the safety and well-being of participants is of paramount importance to IEEE. We thank all that continued to support us during this time. 

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In 2019, the IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit (VIC Summit) & Honors Ceremony was held at The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego, CA, USA on 17 May. It was the largest event held yet with attendees spanning the world, from mid-late career attendees, young professionals, undergrads to high-school students. The speaker topics ranged from Women in Technology, Smart Cities, Security and Risks in IoT, and Ethics in Social Robotics. The evening was the highlight with the recognition of the recipients, and the first presentation of the IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Jr. Outstanding Young Professional Award. 

Hear from the 2019 IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients 

On Friday, 11 May, the 2018 IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit (VIC Summit) & Honors Ceremony was held at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA, USA.

Building on the success of the inaugural 2017 VIC Summit, the 2018 Summit brought together technical, entrepreneurial, and industrial experts with a forward-looking vision of the important and sometimes controversial role engineering is playing in society and the impact it will have on our future. This day-long event led into the evening’s Honors Ceremony—where we celebrated those whose pioneering work led to the technical achievements we all live with and use today.

Hear from the 2018 Event Speakers and IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients


In 2017 IEEE Corporate Awards was the inaugural event in San Francisco—The IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit—on Thursday, 25 May 2017 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA, USA.

The 2017 IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit (VIC Summit) was a day-long event with dynamic talks on the vision for the future, opportunities for innovation, and the challenges to overcome. This set the stage for an exciting Summit and highlight the important roles of engineering, science, and technology in improving the quality of life. The day culminated with the celebration of “Giants” in science and technology who have paved the way for the technology of today.

Hear from the 2017 IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients

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