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IEEE GHTC 2015 Call-for-Papers

Abstract Due Date: Extended – April 14, 2015

The Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) is the flagship IEEE conference for presenting, discussing, and developing technological solutions to global humanitarian challenges. GHTC invites presenters and attendees who work to meet the needs of populations affected by poverty, disaster, conflict, environmental change, and other impacts resulting in their needs being unmet or underserved. The conference’s focus is to create and promote appropriate, sustainable, and holistic solutions to humanitarian challenges by integrating technical science with broader disciplines such as economics, policy, culture, and environment. GHTC encourages practice and research oriented engineers, scientists, and practitioners with both technical and non-technical backgrounds. We welcome a diversity of participants from academia, for-profit and non-profit business, governmental and non-governmental organizations to present research, lessons learned, case studies, ideas, and other considerations for the creation of effective humanitarian technology.

The Conference theme of “Technology for the Benefit of Humanity” is presented in eight focus areas:

Energy—Electrification, renewable energy technologies, energy and power infrastructures, off-grid power, lighting, cooking, heating
Health—Medical technology, telemedicine, mobile care, primary care, nutrition
Disaster Management—Disaster preparedness and planning, early warning, response systems, needs analysis and assessment, community mobilization, monitoring and evaluation
Connectivity & Communication—Information networks, information technologies and systems, communication technologies, social media
Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities—Logistics and transportation, security (infrastructure, information, human), shelter, interagency coordination, human-centered system design, participatory methods
Water & Sanitation—Clean water, sanitation, solid waste management, vector control, drainage, hygiene
Agriculture—Agricultural technologies, irrigation, farming practices
Education—Training and capacity building, programs and methods, service learning

Authors may submit content in the form of a technical paper, poster, or special session (panel, workshop, or demonstration). We especially encourage the inclusion of practitioner’s case studies to be included in this year’s practitioner forum, and are seeking proposed technical challenge statements for this year’s hackathon. Please see the links below for more information.

* All submissions require an abstract for review
* At least one author of the submission must attend and present at the conference
* All submissions must be submitted online at http://www.ieeeghtc.org/author-central
* All submissions must follow content & length guidelines available at http://www.ieeeghtc.org/author-central
* Necessary revisions must be completed before final acceptance
* Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent via email
* International attendees are responsible for obtaining the proper visas; the conference will send a standard invitation letter on request.

Accepted and presented papers will be published and included in IEEE Xplore. Electronic media containing all accepted GHTC abstracts and papers will be distributed to registered attendees.

More information on session submission requirements and deadlines, registration for the conference, hotel reservations and exhibiting is available on the GHTC website. http://www.ieeeghtc.org/

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Thank you everyone who has submitted an abstract for GHTC 2014. We see an increase of over 50% compared to last year’s number of abstracts submitted. We will take more time to review each abstract and invite as many good ones as we can.

Let’s Change the World!

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GHTC 2014 CFP #3

Call-for-Papers Details: http://www.ieeeghtc.org/

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Calling for Papers #ieeeghtc

GHTC 2014 CFP #1

Tell us more about your great idea to make this world a better place. Please visit http://www.ieeeghtc.org/call-for-papers-2014/ for further details!

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After almost 4 days of very busy time, we can sum up IEEE GHTC 2013 with the following statistics: 264 Attendees from 31 Countries, 27 Volunteers, 95 Technical Papers and 15 Posters presented, 14 Keynote Speakers, 4 invited papers presentation, 2 Tutorial Sessions, 5 Workshops, 2 Panel Sessions, 5 contests, 2 Global Humanitarian Awards, and 1 Great Conference.

GHTC 2014 will be again in the Bay Area, California USA. See you all again next year in person or online.

Over the next little while, we will continue update this blog with things we want to share but have not had the chance to write about during the conference that was so packed with information, new and old connections, and fun.

GHTC Mission Accomplished

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IEEE GHTC 2013 Goodies Bag Revealed


Don’t forget to pick up your goodies bag at the registration desk! Registration desk will be opened at 7am daily throughout the conference.

Disclaimer: HAPPY the Mascot is NOT included!

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Attention – Program Changes

All attendees, please note the following changes to the program and check room locations on site.

Monday, October 21, 2013.

Technical Poster:
P175 Poster presentation on “Inverted Humanitarian Service and Learning” by Daniel Wessner is moved to Monday, October 21, 2013.

Technical Paper Added:
P163: “Transforming In-kind Giving in Disaster Response: A Case for On-line Donation Registry with Retailers”
Monday, Oct 21, 2:15pm (Disaster Session)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

Technical Paper Added:
P114: “LARN: Indoor Navigation for Elderly and Physically Challenged”
Tuesday, Oct 22, 4:45pm (Health Session)

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GHTC 2013 in Live

GHTC Launched

We are in action! Our blog wil go live in the next few days to keep you stay on top of things happening in GHTC 2013. Many thanks to our Patrons.

GHTC Patrons

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Early Registration Discount ends September 22, 2013

The third IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) 2013, produced by IEEE Region 6 and the IEEE San Francisco Bay Area Council, is the IEEE’s flagship humanitarian conference. GHTC is designed to gather scientists,
engineers, technology professionals, academics, foundations, government and non-government organizations, and individuals engaged in humanitarian works to discuss and develop solutions for present and future humanitarian needs.

GHTC fosters the growth of a worldwide community that places priority on developing technology for sustainable human prosperity.

Keynotes, Panel Sessions, Tutorials, and Technical Papers will be presented by renowned individuals in the field. They will highlight new technologies, business models, and social entrepreneurship initiatives that help improve the
livelihoods of the under-privileged.

This cross-discipline conference provides the perfect venue for persons involved in and/or interested in humanitarian projects to join their peers in Silicon Valley. The audience for this conference includes technologists, engineers, scientists, investors, field project managers, representatives from NGOs, governments, academia, and industry. It will provide an opportunity to share your work, meet others involved in humanitarian technology, and formulate projects with new partners. Our sessions will address a wide range of topics and we hope you plan to join us.

Register today, early pricing ends September 22: www.ieeeghtc.org/registration

Exhibit and patron/sponsor opportunities are still available.

If you or your organization is interested in exhibiting or underwriting GHTC, see www.ieeeghtc.org/sponsors-patrons-exhibitors/ or download the brochure:  www.ieeeghtc.org/ghtc/files/2013/09/GHTC-2013-Patronage-Packages.pdf

Keynote & Panel Speakers: www.ieeeghtc.org/event/keynote-speakers-2013

  • Nigel Snoad, Product Manager, Google Crisis Response
  • Aydogan Ozcan, Electrical Engineering and BioEngineering UCLA
  • Desiree Matel-Anderson, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Dominick Tolli, American Red Cross
  • Gerardo Capiel, Benetech
  • Jim Plummer, Dean of Engineering, Stanford University
  • Daniel Wiens, iFixIt.org ,”Repair is Noble”
  • Kyle Wiens, iFixIt.org ,”Repair is Noble”
  • Pamela McCauley Bush, University of Central Florida
  • Peter Staecker, IEEE President and CEO
  • Roberto de Marca, IEEE President-Elect
  • Roger Johnson, Eidon Foundation
  • Ryan Bank, Social Intelligence Inc
  • Tala de los Santos, Diagnostic Group Leader, PATH
  • Thomas Nguyen, Causes.Com
  • Tyler Valiquette, Catapult Design
  • Willow Brugh, Geeks Without Bounds

Preliminary Conference Program: 

Technical Sessions:

  • Health, Medical Technology, and Telemedicine
  • Water Planning, Availability and Quality
  • Disaster Warning, Avoidance, and Response
  • Educational Technologies
  • Agricultural Technologies
  • Power Infrastructure/Off-grid Power/Renewable and Sustainable Energy
  • Sanitation Connectivity and Communications Technologies for Remote Locations
  • Applying Science, Engineering and Technology   for Sustainability
  • Humanitarian Challenges and Opportunities

Tutorials: http://www.ieeeghtc.org/event/tutorials-2013

  1. Off-Grid Power – Analysis and Practice
  2. Building Affordable Community Networks 

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IEEE GHTC not just brings humanitarian and engineering talent together, we also recognize the great ones. In additional to the photo and video contests like last year, we have something new in 2013.

Rebecca Dracup and Andrew Perren are two engineering students at the University of Western Australia. In mid-2012, five years into their degrees, they realised it was very difficult to find stories of success about engineering and engineers in the humanitarian and development sectors. Both wanted role models and exemplary engineering projects to help give them something to aim for. So they’ve created the Global Humanitarian Engineering Awards (GHEA) with the help of the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference and Engineers Without Borders Australia.

“We opened nominations on May 1st 2013 and are hoping to attract nominations from every corner of the world”, Andrew said. Nominations are now open, and close on June 2nd 2013.

To nominate or find out more about GHEA 2013 visit http://www.ieeeghtc.org/global-humanitarian-engineering-award/.

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