Mobile App Is Your Gateway to IEEE

The app can recommend local events and has a news feed to the organization’s various publications

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Image of the IEEE app.
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THE INSTITUTE Discover an experience that’s personalized with content tailored to your needs through the IEEE Mobile App.

The app lets IEEE leaders, volunteers, and members engage and connect with all things IEEE. It can be personalized, allowing users to choose how they want to engage and connect with not only the organization but also with other members.

Through the app you can:

  • Get geographical and interest-based recommendations
  • Schedule, manage, or join meetups
  • Read and download IEEE magazines
  • Stay up to date with the latest organizational news
  • Locate IEEE members by affiliations, interests, and location

The app is free to download on Android and iOS.

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