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

Announcing GHTC 2024 Call for Papers

October 23-26, 2024
Villanova University, Pennsylvania USA

Extended Deadline: May 31, 2024

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The 14th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2024) is a flagship international conference sharing practical, technology-enabled solutions that address the needs of underserved communities in resource-constrained environments around the world. Submissions should discuss work done to alleviate poverty, provide education and connectivity, and create equitable access to water, energy, and secure food sources with minimal impact on the planet and environment.

GHTC 2024 will be hosted at Villanova University (Pennsylvania, USA) on October 23-26, 2024.

NOTE: While GHTC 2024 will be primarily in-person, there will be a ’Virtual track’ for remote presentations.

Stakeholders from public and private organizations, education and research institutes, societal and government organizations, and the funding and donor sectors are invited to submit Full Papers (project results) and Project Talks (fieldwork in progress) that share insight, experience, best practice and lessons learned from a research, policy, practitioner and/or community perspective.  Papers should present analysis of research results or a case study. General project descriptions or project proposals are not appropriate. Submissions will be assessed for quality, work done, relevance, consideration of ethical issues, methodological vigor and potential for 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 sought. Of particular interest are works that highlight community engagement and collaboration as well as long-term engagement. Paper submissions should include results that have not previously been published and have not been submitted to another conference or journal.
The conference is structured to provide ample opportunity and environments for extensive interaction between attendees. A congruence between the presentation of mature research and reportage of ongoing projects provides an environment in which seasoned practitioners and students new to the field can ask questions and share lessons learned. 
Please note that all submissions will undergo a Plagiarism Check before being assigned for blind peer review by  experienced subject matter experts.

IEEE GHTC 2024 Thematic areas are centered around the UN Sustainable Development Goals and 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 technological aspects, ethical and sustainability challenges, submissions are encouraged to consider socio-cultural, socio-economic, environmental and policy perspectives, and explain how holistic, development-related good practices such as skills, capacity building, community ownership, co-design, collaborative open innovation, and Theory of Change are applied.

Two types of submissions are invited for presentation at GHTC:

Full Papers: for Publication and Presentation: mature results, tested innovations, or completed projects that should not exceed eight pages. mature results or completed projects and should not exceed eight pages.

Oral-Only Project Talks: discussion of fieldwork in progress (with insufficient results for a full paper) that addresses intention, unexpected challenges, unintended outcomes, successes, and failures. Oral-Only submissions should be described in one or two pages.


NOTE: we are also accepting proposals for multi-stakeholder Special Sessions (e.g. demo, panel, discussion; up to 8 pages)  deadline May 31.
Accepted Full Papers and Oral-Only Project Talk presentations will be grouped thematically to facilitate focused discussion, community building and networking based on common interests.

Important Dates

Full Paper and Oral-only submission for review deadlineMay 19, 2024 May 31, 2024
Special Sessions (e.g. demo, panel, discussion) deadlineMay 19, 2024 May 31, 2024
Notification of acceptance / revision requirementsJune 23, 2024
Submission of Final Full Paper and Oral-only Presentation ("Camera ready")July 29, 2024
Author Copyright forms deadlinesame as Final deadline
Author early registration deadlineJuly 30, 2024
Early registration deadlineSeptember 30, 2024
Conference DatesOctober 23 - 26, 2024
Accepted papers presented by an original author or co-author during the conference will be published in the IEEE GHTC 2024 Conference Proceedings, and submitted for publication in IEEE Xplore®

IEEE GHTC 2024 is Sponsored by IEEE Region 6, IEEE Philadelphia Section and IEEE SSIT, with Technical Co-Sponsorship by IEEE-USA, IEEE CTS, IEEE EDS, IEEE EMBS, IEEE MTT-S, IEEE PELS, IEEE PES, the IEEE Smart Village Initiative and IEEE-SA.