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June 30th, 2016

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April 21st, 2011

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August 31st, 2016

SEATTLE (Washington) (29 August 2016) – The 6th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) has announced its preliminary program and keynote speakers.

IEEE’s Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) brings together individuals and organizations who want to make a difference by applying technology based solutions to natural disasters and needs of the socioeconomically disadvantaged in developing countries. IEEE GHTC is the place to be whether you have experience to share, are looking for opportunities to contribute and collaborate, or simply want to better understand global development and humanitarian work. Celebrating its 6th anniversary, this year’s conference is dedicated to “Advancing Technology for Humanity”, focusing on key areas including energy, health, disaster management, connectivity, agriculture, and education.

Join us in Seattle, WA, USA October 13-16, 2016 as we discuss how technology can:

  • Enable healthcare delivery and provide power and communications in developing countries
  • Provide clean water, provide sanitation and improve crop yields
  • Improve the timeliness and effectiveness of disaster response
  • Assist with training and build capacity needed to improve the standard of living

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May 3rd, 2016

The GHTC Advisory Board is calling for applications for leadership positions for its Premier Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) 2017. These key positions will be responsible for shaping and guiding the success of the 2017 conference which will be held in October 2017 in Silicon Valley.

This is an amazing and rewarding opportunity to work with a global group of humanitarians to help the undeserved populations of the world.

Familiarity with GHTC or other humanitarian conferences is a plus but not required.  Please see the following descriptions for the qualifications and skills required for each leadership role.

Conference Chair Position Description – Must be Region 6 IEEE Member
Conference Vice Chair Position Description
Program Chair Position Description
Treasurer Position Description – Must be Region 6 IEEE Member

Application submission should be made here:
http://ieeeghtc.org/committee-contacts/committee-positions/

The deadline is 15 June 2016.

NOTE: If you are not interested in one of the leadership roles, but have applicable experience and are interested in one of the other organizing committee roles, you can specify this information on the submission web site.

For more information on the GHTC conference its mission and objectives please go to the conference website www.ieeeghtc.org. You can also email the GHTC Advisory Board for questions or more information at GHTC-Advisors@ieee.org.

March 29th, 2016

The deadline for the GHTC 2016 Call for Papers Abstracts and Proposals has been extended from April 18 to May 16.

See the CFP page for details and the Author Central for submission instructions.

Note: Abstracts submitted by the April 18 deadline are being reviewed and notification of acceptances will be sent by May 2 or as soon as the individual abstract reviews are completed. Abstracts submitted after April 18 are intended to be reviewed as they come in, with notification made once review is s complete.

 

February 15th, 2016

GHTC 2016 BannerGHTC 2016 Releases Call for Papers

Join your peers in Seattle, WA on October 13-16, 2016

 

Call for Papers (Download CFP PDF here.)
Abstract or Proposal Due: April 18 MAY 16, 2016

Seattle – February 15, 2016 – Today the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) Committee announced the 2016 Call For Papers. The sixth annual GHTC will take place in Seattle, Washington, USA, October 13– 16th 2016.

Organized by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional society with over 400,000 members in over 160 countries, IEEE GHTC is where multiple disciplines interact to identify, create and advance technology to benefit humanity. It is the perfect venue for those interested in humanitarian projects to join their peers in Seattle. The conference will feature interactive sessions where attendees can share best practices and lessons learned that complement the workshops, panels, case studies, keynote speakers, posters, and technical presentations. Refer to the Call for Papers  or visit the GHTC website, www.ieeeghtc.org for details on abstract submission and timelines.

We encourage those from academia, for-profit and non-profit businesses, governmental and non-governmental organizations to submit proposals and papers; to gather together in Seattle; and to discuss how technology can benefit the resource-constrained and vulnerable populations in the world as well as improve disaster response. GHTC’s unique focus on humanitarian technology provides visibility and recognition for humanitarian work and projects. Its interactive nature provides a fertile environment for identifying resources, ideas, collaborators, and potential partners or investors.

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. All submissions require an abstract for initial review and acceptance submitted online, and following the author guidelines at www.ieeeghtc.org/author-central.

Submission Schedule:

April 18
May 16
Abstract or proposal submission deadline
June 30
Draft paper submission for review
August 15 Final copy-ready paper submission deadline

 

The IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference is sponsored by IEEE Region 6, IEEE Oregon Section, IEEE Seattle Section, IEEE-USA and IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology; with the following IEEE Technical Society sponsors:  Consumer Electronics (CES), Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS), Power & Energy (PES), and Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTTS).

Revised 18-April-16

January 26th, 2016

The annual IEEE Region 6 Humanitarian Engineering Project Award recognizes outstanding humanitarian engineering projects completed within the past 12 months from the deadline of submission.

Entries may be submitted by individual IEEE members or collaborative groups with at least one IEEE member in the team from Region 6. IEEE student branches are especially encouraged to submit award application for their completed projects. Submission deadline for 2016 is July 1, 2016.

The award will be given at GHTC 2016, and the award winner will be invited to participate in one of the conference panel discussions/presentations. The award winner will receive a $500 honorarium, given at GHTC, and some financial assistance to attend GHTC 2016.

For submission format and requirements and judging criteria, see http://ieeeghtc.org/contests-central/annual-humanitarian-engineering-project-award/.

 

December 28th, 2015

The GHTC 2015 Committee is pleased to announce that the GHTC 2015 Conference Proceedings are now available as Open Access from IEEE Xplore.

The portal page for GHTC Conference Proceedings is http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome.jsp?punumber=1800598

The GHTC 2015 Proceedings can be accessed at http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=7331577

All GHTC 2015 papers are accessible as Open Access (e.g. no fee/subscription required).

 

October 12th, 2015

The annual flagship event of IEEE SSIT – the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS 2015) takes place this year in Dublin, Ireland 11 – 12 November.

ICT for Development (ICT4D) and Humanitarian Technologies is a strong focal area for the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology.

The IEEE SSIT SIGHT was recently established to focus on cross-border, multi-stakeholder and end-user community driven ICT4D and Humanitarian Technology interventions in IST-Africa Partner Countries, leveraging mobile technologies in the areas of ICT for Healthcare, Education, Agriculture and Public Service Delivery.

For more information, see http://www.istas2015.org/

 

September 28th, 2015

Open Data Kit (ODK) Workshop

Date: Thursday, October 8
Time: 1:30 – 5:00pm
Location: DoubleTree Hotel, Cascade 7-8 – Mezzanine Level

ODK-logoOpen Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. ODK provides an out-of-the-box solution leveraged by tens of thousands of users in hundreds of organizations on six continents. ODK helps organizations use mobile devices to address problems in low resource environments in the domains of public health, environment monitoring, agriculture, and human rights monitoring, among others. This workshop is an opportunity to learn about ODK from ODK’s core development team. The workshop will include: an overview of ODK, a preview of ODK’s upcoming 2.0 tool set, a hands-on tutorial, and Q&A sessions with ODK’s core development team.  Workshop participants will have a chance to help decide the topics that will be covered during the workshop.

Facilitators:  Waylon Brunette, Mitch Sundt,  Jeff Beorse,  Clarice Larson

 

September 26th, 2015

The DoubleTree has extended the reservation cut off date for one more week (to September 28) so you can still call in or register on-line for the discounted group rate of $119.  As of this posting, rooms are sold out for Wednesday, Oct 7th pre-arrival and close to selling out for Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th.  Rooms are still available for Thursday and Friday, October 8th and 9th.

Telephone reservations: +1 800-222-8733. Reference (IEEE GHTC) when making reservations.

Online Reservations: https://aws.passkey.com/g/50354567