A letter from Congress chair
The 2nd Annual IEEE Student & Young Professional Congress is back and playing a major role in empowering the youth of Bosnia & Herzegovina. We hope that you can join us and immerse yourself in 4 days of personal development, professional networking, innovative thinking, entrepreneurial development and lifelong friendship building. We have brought together some of the most influential technology experts, leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the world right here in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional society. IEEE’s core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE Students and Young Professionals, an active and engaged portion of our membership, are interested in elevating their professional image, expanding their global network, connecting with peers locally, and giving back to their community.
Twenty years after the Dayton Peace Agreement and the end of the war, Bosnia and Herzegovina still faces economic, social, and political challenges. The youth of Bosnia and Herzegovina are aware of the range of problems they are facing. One of their major concerns is the indifferent attitude towards the needs of young people. At the same time, a significant number of them remain optimistic and have positive expectations regarding the progress of the country in the next few years.
Organized by the IEEE Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) Young Professionals Section, the 2017 BIH IEEE Student and Young Professional Congress (IEEE SYPC BiH 2017) will be held International Burch University, Sarajevo from 1-4 December. The congress will focus on inspiring the youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina to be more proactive in improving the economic status and brain drain in BiH by focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. The congress will be a platform for ongoing collaboration, allowing students and young professionals to think creatively, develop new ideas, and work with the IEEE global community to realize their dreams.
In 2016, the first annual congress brought together over 100 students from 8 universities all over BiH and young professional engineers from numerous companies. The congress was attended by global innovation experts and entrepreneurs which included Sergio Fernandez de Cordova (Entrepreneurship Advisor to the Obama Administration), Ken Kujundjic (Vice-President for a leading IT governance organisation ISACA) and senior executives from the IEEE to name a few. The congress also featured an innovation challenge which resulted in the successful launch of three start-up companies by participants with our partner organisation the Youth Employment Project (http://www.yep.ba/). The congress inspired participants and thousands of others who followed the event and post event activities through the media.
The 2017 congress promises to set new benchmarks in attendance, prominent speakers & workshop facilitators, number of innovation projects presented and start-ups launched. The event is more than a classic congress and acts as a vehicle to empower and inspire the next generation of engineering and technology leaders who will play a pivotal role in helping Bosnia and Herzegovina flourish.
To learn more about our work from 2016 follow the links below:
Steering Committee Chair
IEEE SYPC BiH 2017
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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Local Organizing Committee
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media Officer
Alisa Balić is an active community member with NGO volunteer experience as well as experience in IT, marketing, communications, and leadership. She has been a participant of Mostar’s working group focused on juvenile delinquency prevention. She is particularly interested in creating lasting impact through youth education and is eager to find new opportunities to combat brain drain from Bosnia and Herzegovina. As an ambitious 27- year old, she is always looking forward to new business challenges and networking
opportunities, as well as additional informal education including seminars, conferences, and expert lectures. Alisa Balić holds LL.B in Law and is completing her Master’s Degree in International Law.
Almedin Kavaz was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2016 he has got a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Department of Electric Power Engineering at University of Sarajevo.
During his studies, he has been a very active member of the IEEE and has served in roles ranging from membership development officer, student branch chairman to leadership in the Young Professionals AG Bosnia and Herzegovina section. For the last 2 years, he has served as the IEEE Young Professional AG chairman in IEEE Bosnia and Herzegovina Section. In 2017 Almedin has been elected to the IEEE Region 8 (Europe, Middle-East and Africa) Young Professionals committee. He also serves as IEEE SSIT (Society on Social Implications of Technology) Students and Young Professionals Subcommittee Chair. Almedin currently works for Energoinvest d.d., a multidisciplinary engineering company with dominant export orientation.
Local Organizing Committee Chair
Local Organizing Committee Chair
Dejan attained his PhD from the University of East Sarajevo on the topic of mechatronic systems. PhD thesis was: „Realisation controlling environment for robot PUMA 560“ from the filed Mechatronics (Mechanics, Electronics and IT). He specialises in the design of FPGA programmable logic control of robotics. Furthermore, Dejan is a member of the program committee for the IFAC/IEEE Programmable Devices and Embedded Systems conference.
Aside from technological excellence, Dejan has focused on working with young students and their start-ups, which placed him in the position of the director of La Trobe Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundry (LIEF) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Dejana Ugrenovic was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She holds a B. Eng and M. Eng in Electronic and Telecommunication, from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Banja Luka. She has over five years experience working in the IT industry as a System Engineer and is highly proficient in Linux System administration. She is currently employed at Bravo Studio d.o.o. in Banja Luka. Dejana is an active member of the world’s largest professional organisation, IEEE. She has made significant contributions and continuous to do so for the IEEE Young Professionals community in BiH. Her recent focus has been on empowering students and young professionals in the Banja Luka metropolitan region to become more active in developing their professional & technical attributes as well as becoming more active citizens for the betterment of society. Dejana has outstanding leadership and interpersonal characteristics and this has been recognised by the NGO Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (hCa) with whom Dejana has led leadership workshops in multinational camps. Colleagues and friends describe her as a very passionate, dedicated and hardworking person, always in pursuit of improving her knowledge and influencing affirmation of the people in her community. Dejana is one of the key figures leading the organisation of the 2017 Student & Young Professional Congress in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Steering Committee Chair
Steering Committee Chair
With a passion for engineering, science, education, entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialisation, Eddie Custovic is a highly driven engineer with the ability to deliver exceptional project outcomes. He is a cross disciplinary early career researcher and facilitator of multi stakeholder investigations. He has worked on cutting edge R&D projects securing over 1.5 million dollars of funding in a variety of sectors including; defence, communications, power, food & agriculture, automotive, health, sports technology and civil/construction. His multicultural background and multilingualism enables him to take a politically and culturally sensitive approach to life, volunteer roles and professional career.
Eddie is an academic and industry project manager in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, La Trobe University and is a member of the Centre for Technology Infusion which focuses on strategic and translational research and innovation through integration of complementary research expertise. He is a leader and member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) where he is currently serving on several global IEEE boards.
He is heavily involved in student mentoring and thrives on further developing student and young professionals communication, leaderships and entrepreneurial attributes. He is a tireless ambassador for STEM education and Women in Engineering and this is evident through his continued work to bridge the gap between primary/secondary/university education and industry. His work with students and employability was formally recognised in 2015 when he was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s award for supporting student employability. Eddie was also the recipient of the IEEE global Young Professionals Achievement Award highlighting his competence and contributions to this 400,000 member professional organisation.
Haris Selmanovic was born in Tuzla, where he finished primary education as the best student in gneration and graduated from Gymnasium “Mesa Selimovic”. At the moment, Haris is an undergraduate student of Computer Science and Informatics at Faculty of Electrical Engineering, currently starting his 3rd year of studies.
He has been very active in the NGO sector, spending his 4th grade as a Board member in the ASuBiH (Association of Secondary School Students in BiH) where he had the opportunity to manage an organisation totally ran by secondary school students. During that period, Haris worked as a youth educator and project manager, while also becoming a member of the Working Group on Student Welfare in OBESSU (Organizing Bureau of European School Student Unions). After his mandate passed, Haris worked as an Assistant Programme Manager in IPAK – Youth Builds the Future.
In his 1st year of studies, Haris got involved with EESTEC (Electrical Engineering Student European Association) and the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). After a year as Board member of EESTEC Local Committee Tuzla, together with his colleagues, Haris rewoke the IEEE Student Branch University of Tuzla. Last year Haris was a part of the Organizing Committee of the first Student and Young Professional Congress in BiH, and was rewarded with the IEEE President’s Challenge Coin for his efforts in organizing the Event. Through the Congress, Haris got the opportunity to connect with prof. Eddie Custovic, and currently volunteers in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Futures Foundation, where prof. Custovic is one of the Board members.
International Burch University
Friday to Monday
December 1st to 4th, 2017
World’s experts in Sarajevo
Gala Dinner and networking events
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