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Special Event: Humanitarian Technology Innovation in Silicon Valley Panel

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Humanitarian Technology Innovation in Silicon Valley: The Rise of Social Enterprise

– Co-organized by IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section – Consumer Electronics Society

Date: Monday, October 13 2014
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: San Jose Ballroom (first floor)
Cost: $45/Person to cover food and coffee break, and for attendance to GHTC sessions on Monday afternoon

Registration required. This is a non-GHTC event; however registration includes lunch and access to GHTC Monday afternoon Sessions H1-H5 and Closing Plenary.


Moderator: Professor Radha Basu, Director, Frugal Innovation Lab, Santa Clara University


The panel discussion will introduce some of the humanitarian technology innovations that are being developed at the Silicon Valley in Northern California, the birthplace of numerous high tech companies. This would provide an opportunity for various institutes and organizations to share knowledge and experience based on the humanitarian technology projects that they have developed, and to exchange ideas and visions on the future directions of the technology development.

Some of the questions to be addressed by the panel include:

1)    What are the most urgent and critical humanitarian problems to be solved?

2)    Can the state-of-the-art product and technology be extended and applied to humanitarian applications?

3)    What are the key technologies for humanitarian applications that have been validated which are yet to be productized?

4)    What could be the process of product realization and commercialization of new technology that can be applied to humanitarian applications?

5)    What would be the essential factors for the projects or products to be scalable and sustainable?

6)    What could be the biggest roadblocks to the successful realization and deployment of humanitarian technologies?

7)    Could social enterprises solve humanitarian problems?


IEEE Community Solutions Initiative (CSI) at GHTC 2014

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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Special Topical Workshop of the IEEE Community Solutions Initiative (CSI)

Date: Friday October 10, 2014 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Location: In conjunction with the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, Holiday Inn Airport Hotel, 1350 N. First Street, San Jose California

Dear Colleagues:

It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to a special CSI workshop that has two main purposes: (1) To bring together CSI collaboration members to discuss recent sustainable initiative progress, and (2) to discuss the paths forward to expand operations globally as a new Signature Program of the IEEE Foundation. Signature status brings direct Foundation development staff and management support to secure a growing seed funding budget to launch up to ten new partnership startups per year.

The CSI strategy is not only to seed new initiatives with equipment and training donations, but to plant the sustainable business and operations model originally developed in partnership with Sirona in Haiti which achieved the original pilot demonstration of a sustainable business model in 2011-2012. Subsequently the model was refined to include Standard Operating Procedures in 2013-14 for easy dissemination globally. Expanding to scale is the final goal which involves both a highly efficient affordable service and the ability of the startup to attract capital to grow from ten systems to 2,000 systems, each serving 8-homes and ~ 500 people for 1 million people in total by 2020.

Reliable community owned electricity is a first step toward the developmental empowerment of whole communities from within. To be lastingly significant, many more steps are urgently needed, beginning with broad community-based education. The CSI Education vision is called “Learning beyond the Lightbulb.” It envisions cooperating with partners in both Community Based Online Courses but also in community development beyond the Lightbulb such as clean water, sanitation, rural healthcare, local governance and commerce. Broad education, including but not only technical, is key to the long-term success of all sustainable development.

Workshop Structure:

Introductory presentations will encourage interactive sharing of perspectives and questions from participants. Some of the strategy themes being considered are as follows:

  1. What new initiatives have been made since the initial pilot programs established in Haiti in 2011-12?
  2. What are the Learning Beyond the Light Bulb community based education program’s major goals and pilot plans?
  3. How well are the system products working and what are current improvement goals?
  4. How standardized are the product and the business models and are local variants desirable or not?
  5. What evidence do we have for business sustainability and impact in different regions?
  6. How are present partnerships structured and what are partnership requirements going forward?
  7. What are the immediate expansion plans for 2014-15?
  8. What progress has the Signature Program made and what results are expected in 2014-15?

Note that participants are welcome to suggest topics not covered above.

Discussion Leaders will be drawn from active IEEE CSI Practitioners, Partners and IEEE Humanitarian Program Leadership. A detailed program will be posted in advance.


Registration: It is preferred that you register in advance for planning purposes since seating is limited and walk-ons may not get a seat. To register, contact Albe Larsen, Registration check-in is between 0800 and 0830AM at the site.

Fees: There is no fee for the workshop but we need to cover costs of break refreshments and a box lunch option payable at the meeting.

If interested please register as soon as possible. We hope to see you there!

With best regards,

Ray Larsen & Robin Podmore, CSI Co-Chairs

CSI Website:



Global Humanitarian Engineering Awards for 2014

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

The Global Humanitarian Engineering Awards have been developed to recognise the contribution that both organisations and individuals make to improving the lives of those less fortunate in the world. The awards are: Global Humanitarian Engineer of the Year and Global Humanitarian Engineering Project of the Year.

In 2013 the inaugural award winners, Dr. Ashifi Gogo and iDE Product Development, showcased the exceptional thinking that is taking place to improve the standard of living in poverty stricken parts of the world.

The GHEA have made a statement to the field of humanitarian engineering through honouring innovation and change that can make a difference. The 2013 Humanitarian Engineer of the Year accolade received by Dr. Ashifi Gogo for his Sproxil Mobile Produce Authentication system has seen the product used over 5 million times in the developing regions of Africa and Asia.

Are you, or do you know an engineer whose contributions to the field of humanitarian engineering deserve to be recognised? If you can answer yes to this question the team at GHEA urges you to head over to our website at: and fill out a nomination form. The 2014 nominations close 29-August. Awards will be presented at GHTC 2014.


GHEA The Global Humanitarian Engineering Awards
Celebrating Outstanding Achievements in Humanitarian Engineering



Call for Volunteers

Monday, August 25th, 2014

We are looking for volunteers to help us with the GHTC 2014 on site.

Note: Applications closed 19-September.



Sunday evening reception hosted by IEEE GOLD/WIE. Register even if not attending conference.

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Data Science for Good:

Engineering and Machine Learning Affecting Change

Sunday evening reception hosted by IEEE GOLD/WIE.    You can register even if not attending conference.  Great for Bay Area residents or anybody who happens to be in the area on Sunday, October 20th.


From 7:00  till 9:30 PM.  Includes a Keynote presentation by Thomson Nguyen, formerly of Causes.Com, and more.  All for a very very reasonable price.

To register, follow the link in the first line below the title.


Sunday October 20 GHTC Hacktivation powered by ReAllocate

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013



This year at the 2013 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, we will welcome 50 hackers, makers, entrepreneurs and engineers to combine forces and hack for good. Teams will cooperate to build new innovations for health and human services, renewable and sustainable energy, connectivity in remote locations, and technology for environmental sustainability.

There are a limited number of spots available and you can register for the Hacktivation at

If you have a project that you would like to submit to be included in the GHTC Hacktivation please submit it here

Questions? Please email