IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Technology for the Benefit of Humanity | Virtual – October 19-23, 2021

GHTC 2021 Early Registration

Early Attendee Registration Deadline 20-Sept

Reduced attendees rates: $125 IEEE Member & $75 IEEE Student/LM

The 11th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2021) is an international flagship conference sharing practical technology enabled solutions addressing the needs of underserved populations and resource constrained environments around the world and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).

GHTC 2021 will have an exciting and varied program of workshops, panels, keynotes and technical presentations.

GHTC 2021 takes place ONLINE (PT) from Tuesday October 19 through Saturday October 23. See the preliminary program schedule here.

Click button to go to registration page to view options and fees.

Student Poster Contest

Our 4th Student Poster Contest will be held online Tuesday afternoon following the paper sessions. Cash prizes will be awarded. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 8-October.



Tuesday morning choose from 1/2 day workshops included with your GHTC full registration:

  • Frugal Innovation and the Design Thinking Process
    By: Frugal Innovation Hub (SoE of Santa Clara University)  and Latin America Frugal Innovation Network
  • Application of IoT During Pre- and Post-COVID 19 Pandemic (A Humanitarian Services Workshop)

Special Sessions

Special Sessions and Plenaries are being organized and will be scheduled soon, among them:

  • Tech Innovations for Healthy Aging
  • Social Media Disinformation and its Impact on Public Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Advancing IEEE Leadership Through New Initiatives on Sustainable Development and Energy Transformation

Keynotes and remarks

Currently confirmed speakers include:

  • Elizabeth M. Belding, Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (ICTD)
  • Octav Chipara, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Iowa (mHealth)
  • Deborah Estrin,Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech (public interest technology)
  • Farid Farahmand, Chair, Engineering Science Department (Electrical Engineering) at Sonoma State University
  • Anna Förster, Sustainable Communication Networks group, University of Bremen
  • Aline McNaull, energy, space, defense and research policy at IEEE-USA
  • Grayson Randall, Operatins Lead, IEEE MOVE (Mobile Outreach VEhicle)
  • Vijay Janapa Reddi, Associate Professor at Harvard University, VP and a founding member of MLCommons (machine learning)

Technical Program

The Technical Program (see preliminary paper sessions) features over 60 papers in 17 sessions:

Topic Papers Sessions
Energy 15 4
Education 8 2
Disaster Mitigation 10 3
Agriculture 12 3
Communication 4 1
Water and Sanitation 3 1
Healthcare 11 3

GHTC 2021 is sponsored by IEEE Region 6, IEEE Seattle Section and IEEE SSIT (Society on Social Implications of Technology) with technical sponsorship by IEEE-SA, IEEE-USA, IEEE CTS, EMBS, MTT-S, PELS, PES and IEEE Smart Village.

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