IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Technology for the Benefit of Humanity // Villanova University, USA / October 23-26, 2024

Announcing GHTC 2023 Call for Papers

October 12-15, 2023
Villanova University, Pennsylvania USA

Deadline Extended: May 31, 2023

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The 13th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2023) is a flagship international conference sharing practical technology-enabled solutions supporting achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by addressing the needs of underserved communities in resource-constrained environments around the world. GHTC 2023 will be hosted at Villanova University (Pennsylvania) on October 12-15.

NOTE: While GHTC 2023 will be primarily in-person, there will be a ’Virtual track’ for remote presentations.

Stakeholders from the public, private, education and research, societal, funding and donor sectors are invited to submit Oral Presentation or Poster proposals, Short Papers (early-stage results) and Full Papers (mature results) that share Sustainable Development, ICT4D and Humanitarian Technology related insights, experiences, best practices and lessons learned from a research, policy, practitioner and/or community perspective.  Papers should present analysis of initial or final research results or a case study. General project descriptions are not appropriate. Submissions will be assessed for quality, relevance, consideration of ethical issues, methodological vigor and potential or actual impact.

Submissions by community representatives, practitioners (governmental, for-profit and nonprofit), academics, private sector organizations and policy makers describing intervention design and implementation, field experiences and best practices, case studies, project monitoring and evaluation results, and original research are of particular interest. Paper submissions should include results that have not previously been published and have not been submitted to another conference or journal.

Please note that all submissions will undergo a Plagiarism Check before being assigned for blind peer review by members of the Technical Program Committee (TPC), who are all experienced subject matter experts.

IEEE GHTC 2023 Thematic areas include (but are not limited to):

Focus AreaTopics
Good Health and Well Being (ref: SDG3)E.g.: Healthcare, Medical technology, Telemedicine, Mobile Clinics, Primary Care and Nutrition.
Affordable & Clean Energy (ref: SDG7)E.g.: Generation, and Distribution of Renewable Energy; Off-grid Energy for Lighting, Cooking and Heating; Decentralized Energy Resources (DER); Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems (HRES); Renewable Energy Management (REM); Smart Grid, Micro/Nano Grid; Energy Management Systems (EMS); Battery Management Systems (BMS); Hybrid & Electric Vehicles (HEV); Bio-energies; Waste-to-Energy.
Communication/Connectivity in Support of DevelopmentE.g.: Communication and Information Technologies, Systems, and Applications; Social Media and Its Application.
Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and RecoveryE.g.: Disaster Planning and Preparedness; Predictive, Warning and Response Systems; Community Mobilization; Monitoring and Evaluation of Community Response, Shelters; Short and/or long term survival strategy after a disaster.
Technologies that promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (ref: SDG5)E.g.: Information and Communication Technology for Empowerment; Diversity and Inclusion; Leadership development and decision making; Legal frameworks; Time-tracking; Literacy
Quality Education (ref: SDG4)E.g.: Training and Capacity Building; Programs; Methods and Service Learning.
Clean Water and Sanitation (ref: SDG6)E.g.: Clean Water; Sanitation; Solid Waste Management; Disease Vector Control; Drainage and Hygiene.
Decent Work and Economic Growth (ref: SDG8)E.g.: Innovation in Industry and Infrastructure; Entrepreneurship Programs (including social entrepreneurship), Sustainable Business Models, Social Enterprises, Workforce Development Programs (e.g. digital literacy programs), Innovative Business Financing Models.
Agriculture and Food Security (ref: SDG2)E.g.: Agricultural Technologies, Irrigation and Farming Practices.
Technology Impacts on Societal EvolutionE.g. Technology Design, Adoption and Dissemination; Human-Centered System Design; Behavior change and technology adoption; Collaborative design; Technologies to enable Peace, Justice, and Equitable Economies; Other Technology Impacts
Other Related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (ref: SDGs 9, 11, 12, 14)E.g.: Commercialization of Humanitarian Technologies; Community engagement, Capacity-building, and Behavior Change; Deployment, Scale-up, Distribution; Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities; Infrastructure, Information, and Human Security; Participatory Methods; Ocean Health and Climate Change Mitigation.

In addition to describing ethical and sustainability challenges and technological aspects, submissions are encouraged to consider socio-cultural, socio-economic, environmental and policy perspectives, and explain how Sustainable Development-related good practices such as skills capacity building, community ownership, Co-design, Collaborative Open Innovation, and Theory of Change are applied.

Three types of submissions are invited for presentation at GHTC:

  • Full Papers: mature results or completed projects and should not exceed eight pages.
  • Short Papers: interim results, experiences and perspectives, and should be three to four pages in length including a short reference section.
  • Oral-Only (Poster/Extended Abstract): work-in-progress; projects at an early stage of implementation; option for community representatives, practitioners or policy makers who prefer not to write a paper. Oral-Only submissions should be described in one or two pages.

For complete details on topics and submission see the Author Central pages.

NOTE: we are accepting proposals for multi-stakeholder Special Sessions (up to 8 pages)

Accepted Full Papers, Short Papers and Oral-Only Presentations will be grouped thematically to facilitate focused discussion, community building and networking based on common interests.

Full Paper, Short Paper and Oral-only submission for review deadlineMay 15, 2023 May 31, 2023
Special Sessions (e.g. demo, panel, discussion) deadlineMay 15, 2023 May 31, 2023
Notification of acceptance / revision requirementsJune 19, 2023
Submission of Final Full Paper/Short Paper and Oral-only Presentation ("Camera ready")July 30, 2023
Author Copyright forms deadlinesame as Final deadline
Author early registration deadlineJuly 30, 2023
Early registration deadlineSeptember 12, 2023
Conference DatesOctober 12 - 14, 2023


Accepted papers presented by an original author or co-author during the conference will be published in the IEEE GHTC 2023 Conference Proceedings, and submitted for publication in IEEE Xplore®

IEEE GHTC 2023 is Sponsored by IEEE Region 6, IEEE Philadelphia Section and IEEE SSIT, with Technical Co-Sponsorship by IEEE-USA, IEEE CTS, IEEE EMBS, IEEE MTT-S, IEEE PELS, IEEE PES, and IEEE Smart Village Initiative and IEEE-SA.