By Sanjina Mostafa

It’s almost three years that I am volunteering in IEEE. I love volunteering and organize events with my student branch. Besides working with my student branch, I wanted to do something else. So, I shared my thoughts with my seniors and they suggested me to go for IEEEXtreme Ambassador Program. I applied and after some time I got a mail stating that I have been selected as an ambassador there!

I joined the IEEEXtreme10.0 Facebook official group and started planning on how I can turn this competition into a success in my section. In the mean time I went to the IEEE R10 SYWL Congress 2016 in Bangalore. There was a booth for IEEEXtreme and I had been there helping out Sangram, Anindo and Omiya. Being there, I had the chance to meet the awesome people from different places through this platform. It was an amazing experience for me.

Photo: IEEEXtreme Booth at R10 SYWLC 2016, Bengalore.

After coming back I was very busy with my studies but I did not forget about the responsibilities I had being a part of the EXTREME team. There were times I had to run around my university to campaign for the competition and study late at night till 3am. I used to have several meetings with faculties to encourage our university students to participate. Next was the semester break in our university so I couldn’t arrange any kind of awareness program or workshop but all the meetings were held at my university. The first meeting of IEEEXtreme10.0 Bangladesh Section on 10th Sept. was held at my university where the SSR of our Bangladesh Section, ANM Nasimunnabi who was also an ambassador last year and Bangladesh Section Chair, Prof, Shaikh Anowarul Fattah Sir were present. Although I couldn’t arrange any workshops and awareness programs to me it was really disappointing and I was a little worried about the promotions in our university. So, I started doing the publicity through the social media.

Photo: First IEEEXtreme10.0 General Meeting With the Bangladesh Section Chair and SSR of Bangladesh.

On 22nd September 2016, along with my branch volunteers we pinned the posters in both language at our campus premise. Pinning up the posters with my volunteers were really fun.

Photo: sticking posters to on the campus premise.

On 28 September 2016, IEEE Stamford University Student Branch & IEEE Stamford University Student Branch WIE AG jointly organized an Awareness Campaign on IEEEXtreme Programming Competition 10.0 in collaboration with me and Omiya Hassan- Graphics Designer of IEEEXtreme10.0. We shared the procedure of the competition, how to form team, how to have a proctor and also had QA session there.

Photo: IEEEXtreme Awareness Session in Stamford University.

In IEEE Day 2016, on 4th October we celebrated the occasion in a grand manner with a booth and arranged to promote IEEEXtreme10.0 by showcasing posters, banners and the official promo through the whole event. To encourage us, YP Chair and SSR of IEEE Bangladesh Section was present there and it was a proud moment for us to have them in such a big day.

Photos: Campus Celebration and IEEEXtreme10.0 Campaign at the University on IEEE DAY 2016

The competition was held on 22nd October, 2016. As it’s an international virtual competition where all the countries, around the world participated I organized the programming contest in collaboration with IEEE UIU Student Branch in my university. With the help of some of my branch volunteers I could arrange the day so perfectly. As it was a 24hrs contest and it started at 0:00:00 UTC. I could manage to arrange the contest in our university for 8:00am to 9:30pm as our campus opens at 8am and closes at 9:30pm. There were 3 teams, means total no. of participants were 7 from our university. They were all provided with the facilities including food, water, internet and goodies during the time period. During the whole time they tried hard and were in top 100 in the first few hours. While the contest was running all the volunteers including the branch Chair of IEEE UIU Student Branch were present there and helped in volunteering the event. It was a glorious moment when the SSR of IEEE BDS SAC was present there to encourage the teams.

Photo: During the Competition. Coders Coding

It was basically to improvise the coding skills of the future coders. It was a proud moment for me as an ambassador. In the end it was such a platform where I met so many awesome personalities and who are my closest friends now. In this whole journey Omiya Hassan, Anindo Saha , Sangram Chavan, & Prasanth Mohan were the ones without whom I couldn’t come up with this result. And finally I have achieved so much from this single platform and learned a lot.  It made me more responsible and taught me to work harder and made me do what I thought I am never capable at all. IEEE presents such platforms where anyone can learn and can show their talent.