Technology for the Benefit of Humanity
Author Central

Author Central

The submission deadline for the GHTC 2016 Call for Papers Abstracts and Proposals has passed. Full paper submissions are due June 30.

Note: All authors have been notified of their abstract acceptance status.  Full paper review process is currently underway, and authors will be notified of their full paper status by August 1.

Overview & Conference Theme

The Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) is the flagship IEEE forum for presenting and discussing humanitarian technology innovation and deployment. The technical focus of the Conference is complemented by an integrated understanding of broader contexts—economics, policy, culture, environment—that impact successful humanitarian technology implementation.

GHTC welcomes participation by individuals and organizations from technical and non-technical backgrounds, including engineers, scientists, academics, small-businesses, corporations, philanthropists, foundations, and government and non-government organizations.

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

  1. Energy: Generation, and Distribution of Renewable Energy; Off-grid Energy for Lighting, Cooking and Heating.
  2. Health: Medical technology, Telemedicine, Mobile Clinics, Primary Care and Nutrition.
  3. Disaster Management—Disaster Planning and Preparedness; Predictive, Warning and Response Systems; Community Mobilization; Monitoring and Evaluation of Community Response.
  4. Connectivity & Communication—Communication and Information Technologies, Systems, and Applications; Social Media and Its Application;
  5. Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities—Logistics and Transportation; Infrastructure, Information, and Human Security; Shelters; Interagency Coordination; Human-Centered System Design; Participatory Methods and Local Economic Stimulation.
  6. Water & Sanitation—Clean Water; Sanitation; Solid Waste Management; Disease Vector Control; Drainage and Hygiene.
  7. Agriculture—Agricultural Technologies, Irrigation and Farming Practices.
  8. Education—Training and Capacity Building; Programs; Methods and Service Learning.
  9. Deployment—Scale-up, Distribution, Implementation, and Commercialization of Humanitarian Technologies.

Authors may submit the initial abstract for a paper or poster presentation; or a proposal for a case study, panel discussion, and workshop. We especially encourage the inclusion of case studies and topics that are appropriate for interactive sessions. Submission of a full paper is required after initial abstract acceptance.


Resources for Authors

Review Call for Papers

Submission Site: EDAS GHTC site (<>) is open.

Abstracts accepted in PDF only. See Submission Types & Instructions for preparing your abstract and paper. Please read our Policies.

Submission Schedule – Critical dates and deadlines for the submission of content to be considered in the conference proceedings

Submission Types & Instructions – List of submission types and instructions that include posters, technical papers, special sessions (workshops and panels)

Guidelines for a technical paper – Guidelines for developing a full paper and presentation for a technical paper

Guidelines for a special session – Guidelines for developing an extended abstract and presentation for a panel or workshop

Guidelines for a poster presentation – Guidelines for developing a poster presentation

Conference templates – Templates for completing a technical paper, slideshow presentation, and poster presentation

Copyright transfer – Required for publication in the conference proceedings (e-Copyright in EDAS)

Policies  – Requirements prohibiting plagiarism, dual submission, and falsification

Reviews and Reviewers – Information on Review Criteria and how to Contact Reviewers

Access Reviewer’s Comments by going to the EDAS paper display page.

Visa Request  – Information to request a letter of invitation (used to obtain a VISA, etc.)

Author FAQ

Presentation Tips

Slideshow presentation – Creating and delivering a successful slideshow presentation (e.g., Microsoft PowerPoint)
GHTC Slideshow Presentation Guideline (PDF)

Interactive (Poster) presentation  – Creating and delivering a successful interactive poster presentation
GHTC Poster Presentation Guideline (PDF)