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Abstract submission date extended to 14-April

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The GHTC 2015 Call for Papers, Posters, Lightning Talks, and Special Sessions (Presentation, Demonstration, Panel and Workshop) Abstract deadline has been extended to April 14, 2015.

To submit an abstract go to:

To review the detail for the Call for Papers/Submissions visit


GHTC and UNESCO 70th Anniversary

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
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Please join our 5th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2015. GHTC 2015 will celebrate the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. We are expecting over 400 people in attendance including many industrial leaders and other dignitaries.

Since 1945, for 70 years, UNESCO has united people in 197 countries, building peace in the minds of men and women. UNESCO has endeavored through all forms of Education, Science and culture to improve lives through peaceful collaborations.   IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization, we are proud of our mission; Advancing Technology for Humanity.   With our 400,000+ members in 160 countries and our valuable worldwide partners, we are determined to better people’s life in all corners of the world.

The GHTC is the flagship IEEE humanitarian conference. We invite you to join other like-minded people from academia, industries and non-profit organizations, together for presenting, discussing, and developing technological solutions to global humanitarian challenges. GHTC 2015, dedicated to “Advancing Technology for Humanity” will be focused on eight essential areas:

Energy, Health, Disaster Management, Connectivity & Communication, Water & Sanitation, Agriculture and Education as well as Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities.

In addition to above eight technical tracks, joint with the IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT), we will have a “Boots on the ground” special track for people to report their real time achievements and lesson learned as they passionately help those in need in all corners of the world.

We are also planning a Hackathon; in which a group of engineers, subject matter experts and creative people will prototype solutions for relevant and important humanitarian challenges. We expect that the open source solutions developed during the conference will be deployed by humanitarian organizations which sponsored challenges.   We welcome you to sponsor challenges or join the Hackathon solution team.

More information on paper submission requirements and deadlines, hackathon challenge statements, registration for the conference, hotel reservations and exhibiting is available on the GHTC website

Joe Decuir, Fellow IEEE
Chair, IEEE GHTC 2015
Member of Board of Governors, IEEE CES
Dr. Sheree Wen
Vice Chair, GHTC 2015
Chair, IEEE Seattle Section
United States national commissioner to UNESCO


Announcing GHTC 2015 Call for Papers

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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Seattle – January 30, 2015 – Today the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) Steering Committee announced the Call For Papers for the 2015 Conference. It will take place in Seattle, Washington, USA, October 8 – 11th 2015.

Organized by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional society with over 400,000 members in over 160 countries, IEEE GHTC focuses on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. This 5th annual cross-discipline conference provides the perfect venue for those interested in humanitarian projects to join their peers in Seattle, a community famed for leading-edge technological innovations, world-class researchers, and technology investors. The conference attracts a global audience of educators, engineers, scientist, practitioners, educators, philanthropists, corporations, foundations, NGO’s and others interested in applying technology to develop effective solutions for the challenges facing the world’s underserved populations.

Conference Mission:

  • Promote science, engineering and technology as key to development of solutions to humanitarian problems
  • Foster exchange of information and networking in the humanitarian field
  • Focus attention of businesses on emerging market and social entrepreneurship opportunities
  • Impact in positive and meaningful ways the lives of disadvantaged billions around the world

GHTC is focused on, but not limited to, working in the following humanitarian areas:

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

New This Year:

  • Encourage continued participation by people and organizations working in the field to showcase functional solutions as well as lessons learned.
  • Request technical problems to solve, for an on-site Hackathon
  • Increase involvement of businesses and industry supporting humanitarian solutions

Why Attend?

  • Participate inan extensive, vibrant, and innovative technical program
  • Learn from world-class practitioners working in the field
  • Exchange information, share experiences and network with actively involved attendees
  • Gain visibility and recognition for your humanitarian work and projects
  • Find new resources, ideas, and potential partners or investors

The Conference Program will include plenary, panel and invited talks, tutorial sessions, technical sessions, poster sessions, contests, and many opportunities for social and professional networking. We hope you will participate by submitting a paper, talk or poster.

Abstract Submissions are due March 31, 2015
More Information:

We look forward to seeing you at GHTC 2015 in Seattle.


The IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference is sponsored by IEEE Region 6, the Seattle Section, the IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), with publishing support from IEEE-USA.