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GHTC 2013 Papers Available on Xplore

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Thank you for your continuing  interest in the application of technology for the good of humanity.  We are pleased to report that the papers from the 2013 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, held in Silicon Valley last October, are now mounted in the IEEE’s Xplore online database for you to access.  Here is the direct link:

GHTC 2013:

You can use this listing to locate all of the published papers from the conference, and to access their abstracts.  Those whose universities/companies are Xplore subscribers can download any of them at no cost; others may need to pay a small fee.  Please alert technologists who may be interested.

The GHTC papers from previous years are also available:

GHTC 2012:

GHTC 2011: servlet/opac?punumber=6100959

Finally, the next GHTC will again be in San Jose/Silicon Valley, October 10-13, 2014; save the dates.  The Call for Papers can be accessed here:

Please begin developing an abstract for submission.  The abstract is due by March 31st, and can be for a technical presentation (with your draft paper uploaded by May 27), a Lightning Talk (presentation-only), or a coordinated session or panel.  The abstract-submission system should be operational by January 31st.

The themes are:

—  Energy—infrastructure and off-grid power, renewable, transportation, lighting, cooking & heating

Health—medical technology, telemedicine, mobile care, primary care

Disaster, connectivity, and communication—disaster warning & avoidance, disaster response, disaster management, networks, remote communication, communication technologies

Water and agriculture—clean water, sanitation, irrigation, farming practices & agricultural technologies

Humanitarian challenges and opportunities—education, housing, supply chain & distribution, business development


We hope to see you at GHTC 2014!

Best regards,

Paul Wesling, Publications Chair

IEEE: Advancing Technology for Humanity


GHTC 2013 Recap

Friday, October 25th, 2013

GHTC 2013 has been archived – see

Thanks to everyone for making GHTC 2013 a great success!

Catherine Nelson is the conference chair for next year and she is already setting the pace to ensure that next year is even greater! Planning has already begun for GHTC 2014 to be held in Silicon Valley next October.

Be sure to read the conference blogs ( You are welcome to make comments, and express your opinions.

All photos taken at the conference are posted on the GHTC Facebook page, Check back as more photos are coming soon.

Speakers’ presentations will be available soon at the conference website (

Keith Moore
Chair, GHTC 2013

Soon Wan
Vice Chair, GHTC 2013

Welcome Attendees!

Friday, October 18th, 2013

(San Jose CA)

As Chair of GHTC 2013 I would like to extend my sincere thanks to our sponsors, patrons, authors, speakers, panelists and other participants. It is because of your dedicated work and efforts that this conference exists. I also want to extend an earnest thank you to the conference committee and organizers who have dedicated time and sweat equity into planning for the conference. Thank you!

The San Jose Airport Garden Hotel has truly rolled out the red carpet welcome for us and I hope that you will take advantage of the great facilities and beautiful gardens for ad hoc meetings and discussions. A quick call for the hotel courtesy van provides transport from the airport upon your arrival.

The program committee has done a great job of putting together the agenda and we are anxious to meet everyone and hear the great reports and presentations that have been prepared!

May your travels bring you safely to GHTC 2013 for a wonderful visit!


Keith Moore – Chair, IEEE GHTC 2013


GHTC 2013 Updated Program Available

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The GHTC 2013 Preliminary Program has been updated with the final sessions and speakers. Visit the Program page to view the pre-conference Tutorials, Technical Program Sessions and Posters, Social Program, Panels, Workshops and Plenary/Special/X-Track Sessions, and to read the Keynote and Featured Speaker bios.

The GHTC 2013 Program-at-a-glance has been updated. Download the updated PDF here.

The GHTC 48-page Conference Program Book PDF can be downloaded here.

Transportation info and directions to the hotel have been updated.

See you at GHTC 2013!

Hotel Reservations Discount Extended until Oct 3.

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The hotel deadline for reservations has been extended to October 3.

Please ensure you make your reservations. Go to the Hotel & Travel page.


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


Early Registration ending September 22nd

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

GHTC 2013 BannerHead

Early Registration Discount ends September 15 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:

Exhibit and patron/sponsor opportunities are still available.

If you or your organization is interested in exhibiting or underwriting GHTC, see or download the brochure:

Keynote & Panel Speakers:

  • 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, ,  “Repair is Noble”
  • Kyle Wiens, ,  “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:, or see 1-page Program at-a-glance at:

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


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


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Preliminary GHTC 2013 Program-at-a-Glance

Friday, September 6th, 2013


To view/download 1-page of GHTC Preliminary Conference Program-at-a-glance PDF, please click here.


GHTC is calling for volunteers. Advance registration is extended to September 15. Registration is open here. Please check new dates for authors. Review of the papers is complete. Please see the list of accepted papers.

Friday, August 30th, 2013




GHTC 2013 Call For Volunteers



List of Accepted Papers for Oral Presentation

List of Accepted Papers for Poster Presentation


Volunteer Page

Volunteer Link 



New dates for authors:

Full paper submission deadline extended  June 20, 2013 
Notification of acceptance/rejection  August 16, 2013 
Deadline for submission of revised paper     September 15, 2013 
Deadline for advance registration  September 15, 2013