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Building External Relationships

Relationships with external organizations helps to build value and diversity into the initiative. Relationships can be formed with industry, non-profits, academic institutions, and government organizations. This section includes some ideas of how to establish and grow these relationships.

Industry relations and engagement

  • Host industry panels within existing conferences


  • ETSI, EIT Digital


  • Partner with universities to develop educational materials

Government Interaction

  • It is important to first determine if IEEE may already have an existing relationship via an MOU with any government entity. If so, it is recommended to work with that society/organizational unit to bring items forward in a unified manner. For example, IEEE Power & Energy Society has signed MOUs with several government entities, one of which is the US Department of Energy. IEEE Smart Grid and IEEE Smart Cities work vis-a-vis PES to share its’ information and build collaborative efforts.
  • Reach out to government entities in multiple countries to engage on breakthroughs in technology (e.g. NIST)
  • Provides opportunity for Society to influence potential funding initiatives worldwide
  • Creates formal communication mechanism between the society and government entities responsible for establishing priorities and policies

Roadmap Groups (example)

  • IRDS is an example of a partnership which was the continuation and expansion of a former Roadmapping initiative (ITRS)
  • IRDS has a working MOU which was developed as a Standards Association Industry Connection and in working partnership with Rebooting Computing Initiative
  • IRDS is comprised of volunteer working groups from academia and industry
  • IRDS is managed with a IRC (International Roadmap Committee) as defined in the MOU