As we try to become a more sustainable conference, you won’t find any bottled water or soda cans here. Besides the usual fare (coffee, iced tea, water (dispenser, filtered)), today we have Horchata non-dairy rice drink and watermelon juice


The Conference Thus Far

Here is Catherine Nelson, IEEE GHTC 2014 Chair, speaking about the amazing program on Day 2 including a very young speaker.  How young?  Find out below…

Who You Gonna Call?



The Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC)!  The MOEC is a full interoperability system capable of transmitting or patching a wide spectrum of frequencies and has a Barrett HF NVIS radio system which is capable of communicating with the National Guard, the military, State OES, and other entities.  When is MOEC called upon?  About once every other week!  Here is Ken Dueker, Director of Emergency Services for the City of Palo Alto, giving a quick tour of the MOEC and when there isn’t a disaster, what else the MOEC is used for.

What to Expect in 2015

Here is Joe Decuir, this year’s IEEE GHTC Vice-Chair and next year’s Chair, talking about the great things he’s seen but more importantly, what to expect at next year’s IEEE GHTC which will be in Seattle, Washington, USA in October.  He’ll need help fulfilling the ambitious plan so contact us if you’re interested in volunteering on the steering committee.

Technical Details

Here is Nate Johnson, IEEE GHTC Technical Chair, speaking about this year’s variety of technical tracks (1:39).

The goal of this project is to identify the diagnosis and treatment methods of diseases through the crowd-sourced data stored in the cloud, based on the symptoms and / or health measurement data collected and sent by the mobile device via Bluetooth.

Privacy and security of those databases are challenges for realizing the vision. Institutions which own the medical data may also charge a fee for access to their database.

Accuracy of the diagnosis, treatment and medication may still be risky initially, but those could be useful knowledge for the patient before consulting the physician.


You don’t have to be an engineer, a technologist, or in the humanitarian field to be interested in GHTC. Here’s a perspective from a volunteer participant who found us and finds value in the conference… as a real estate agent? (Krista Johnson).