Tensymp 2020


Karthik Kulkarni

Oracle, USA
Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee

Short Bio:

Kartik is the Chairman of the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee, the strategic, global arm of the IEEE Board of Directors that manages IEEE’s portfolio of programs and multi-million dollar project investments that leverage 400k+ engineers in 160+ countries in applying and advancing technology solutions for sustainable development. In 2019, Kartik has spearheaded social impact measurement of IEEE’s sustainable development projects around the world, using the technique of SocialROI. Kartik also heads Oracle's team architecting the Blockchain Transaction Engine; he is a co-inventor on 10+ US Patents, both granted and pending. The DiscoverE Foundation recognized Kartik as a 2015 USA’s New Face of Engineering.

About the session:

IEEE has recently emphasized the Social Impact Measurement of its sustainable development and humanitarian technology projects around the world. IEEE members, some of the world’s most skilled and accomplished engineers, are applying their technical skills in partnering with local communities to develop sustainable technology solutions via programs such as Smart Village and Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT). IEEE piloted impact measurement of around 10 projects in different parts of the world using the SocialROI technique. The projects are in areas such as off grid energy, IOT-enabled health care, rehabilitation of education, and skill development. This session aims to share the outcomes and lessons learned from these projects as we executed the SocialROI analysis. A structured approach to define, measure and validate the social impact enables increased investment into the projects by making their impact comparable and quantifiable; it also results in increased effectiveness of the projects by actively engaging the stakeholders.