Humanitarian Advancement Through Technology June 1 - 4 th, 2014

Workshop-4 D2.4

Mr. Hans Ovide

Workshop: Community Engagement Workshop

Presenter: Mr. Hans Ovide


The number of secondary education dropouts remains quite a problem to solve in the Province of Quebec and so is these same youngsters’ability to master scientific topics, since both issues are closely interrelated. Indeed, in today’s world, being both academically and scientifically educated and proficient are paramount in order to be able to access scientific and engineering careers.

During our presentation we will show that there still exists a wide gap between the skills required to succeed in such careers and what children learn in the primary. This gap widens even more under the influence of certain socio-economic factors and conditions. At “Les Ateliers Neuronix “, We believe that the main obstacle to overcome in order to achieve more success towards a better scientific, as well as more democratic education of the young, does not arise from a lack of funds.” On the contrary, we strongly believe, that such a context can be an incentive for even more creativity and innovation on our part. In order to support our views in such a respect, we will show you some samples of the accessories we designed for our workshops and in order to promote sustainable education among the youth. We strongly believe in “open sourcing” the learning of sciences, through ” DIY ” and ” Modd ” ( moddifiying ) projects, all derived from various subcultures .Of course,some legal aspects must be taken into consideration before promoting such methodologies.
Moreover, we shall discuss the hurdles (technological, financial) encountered at Neuronix, in our endeavours to make our workshorps more enjoyable and more educative, or accessible to more children.


Hans Ovide was born in Haiti, where, upon receiving ​​his primary and secondary school education, he went on working as a technician in electronics and telecommunications, and as a sales representative for a branch of Xerox. His savvy and extensive training have hitherto enabled him to better grasp the global shift towards the digital technologies, that occurred as from the late 80s and up to now. In the year 2000, his inquisitive thirst for scientific and technological knowledge led him on to set up, with Wilkair Fégond, «Password», one of the first ICT radio broadcasts, in Port -au- Prince. He thus presented a series of short reports on various subjects (e-governance, how computers and laser work, etc.)

In Montreal since 2001, he then completed a degree in TSL. Since 2009, he has been teaching in various CSDM’s ( Montreal School Board) Adult Education Centers, and designing several lectures on the interlinking of science and technology. He has also worked on many aspects relevant to the popularization of scientific subjects, such as the design of instructional material and online publications destined to promote such an aim.


Presenter: Yvonne Pelham

Abstract: EPICS in IEEE


Educational Activities is leading a new initiative entitled IEEE Implementation of High School Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS). EPICS in IEEE is a program that organizes university and high-school students to work on engineering-related projects for local area humanitarian organizations. From powering villages with solar cells, to developing assistive devices for the physically challenged, to connecting rural schools with technology the EPICS in IEEE Program has enabled engineers and students to make a difference in the lives of people in their communities around the world. During this presentation, participants will receive an overview of the program and will learn how to apply for funding for new projects.


Yvonne Pelham is currently IEEE Educational Activities Senior Manager, Educational Outreach. She is responsible for leading IEEE’s Pre-University Education, Informal Education and Humanitarian programs. In particular, she oversees the strategic  planning, development, delivery and assessment of the IEEE Teacher In-Service Program, Portals (,,, IEEE Spark), and the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) in IEEE Program. The overall focus of these programs is in the area of pre-university STEM education, public awareness of engineering, technology and computing and promotion of technological literacy.

She has over 20 years of experience in the private sector working in the telecommunication industry. Prior to joining IEEE in 2006, she was a member of technical staff at AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent Technologies Bell Labs. She has years of experience providing tools and applications to corporate customers and was responsible for managing the operations for an enterprise intranet solution. Following her work at Alcatel-Lucent, she created and delivered training modules for proprietary systems at a government defense contractor, SAIC.

She is a member of the American Society for Association Management (ASAE) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from New Jersey Institute of Technology.



Presenter: Alfredo Herrera, ing. IEEE SM’05/GSM’10

Abstract: SIGHT in IEEE


Alfredo Herrera is an electrical engineer with over 17 years of experience in digital design and verification (ASIC/FPGA), radio system performance verification, technical project management and manufacturing test engineering. He is a radio sub-system design engineer at Ericsson, and he is experienced in measurement and automation of multi-standard software defined cellular radios. Alfredo is currently finalising a Master degree in Systems Science at the university of Ottawa, and his research focuses on Open Source Hardware for human development.

Alfredo actively participated in IEEE’s Humanitarian Technology Challenge, joining the Reliable Electricity Solutions team in 2009 and later being one of the founding members of the PES Community Solutions Initiative. He founded IEEE-R7’s Humanitarian Initiative Committee (HIC) in 2009 and chaired it until 2012. He has been part of IEEE’s Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) steering committee since 2012.