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hsbcFor the first time in Greece, the IEEE Hellenic Student Branch Congress (HSBC 2012) was successfully organized and hosted by the IEEE Student Branch of the University of Patras.

The 3-day conference/meeting was held in Patras on 14-16 December 2012 and was supported by IEEE R8SAC and the IEEE Greece Section, as well as by Corallia Clusters Initiative and the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization.

In this National Meeting of IEEE Student Branches, participants were students of higher technical institutions from Greece, Cyprus and Europe, prominent scientists and members of the IEEE Greece Section.

The congress managed to attract around 70 attendees from 10 Student Branches all over Greece and invited student branches from University of Cyprus and IST, Portugal. In addition, the list also included the Region 8 Secretary Mr. Costas Stasopoulos, as well as the Regional Student Representative, Jorge Soares and the Regional Student Branch Coordinator Simay Akar.

The aim of this congress/meeting, which included among others, workshops, visits and lectures related to the scientific nature of IEEE, was to help participants gain further knowledge and promote the exchange of ideas, about the future of IEEE in Greece. Technical and non-technical presentations of the conference focused not only on IEEE and the advancement of technology, but also on career and research issues. Perhaps most important were the ample opportunities for networking and exchange of experiences, which took place around the clock.

The participants had the opportunity to present past activities and future goals of their Student Branches. The IEEE Greece Section Chair Prof. Athanassios Skodras sincerely acknowledged their impressive volunteer efforts.

It is worth mentioning that in the framework of the congress, students had the opportunity to tour the premises of Patras InnoHub, which hosts also the office of the IEEE Student Branch of the University of Patras, and attend the presentation of Prof. Vassilios Makios, General Manager of Corallia, who emphasized the need for the development of innovation "made in Greece". IEEE volunteers also had the chance to visit the Archaeological Museum of Patras, to have a legendary dinner at a traditional Greek Tavern and photo shoot for the commemorative photograph at Patras' Lighthouse.

During this Congress, students from IST, Portugal did a presentation explaining both TISP and EPICS-in-IEEE programs. They also presented the work done by the IST Student Branch to create the most successful TISP of all Region 8 inspiring all the members of the Congress.

This was the 1st nationwide collaborative effort on such a scale by IEEE student members in Greece, and is expected to have a great impact on the IEEE community and Greek IEEE Volunteers. The IEEE HSBC 2012 was very successful and although it was the first one, we all hope that it will be the one Annual Meeting/Congress to look forward to for several years!

Everybody say "OPAAAA".

Check out the website created for the HSBC.→ www.hsbc.ieee-upatras.gr