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

GHTC 2021

The 11th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC 2021) was held online on October 19 – 23 via Zoom. GHTC 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).

Stakeholders from the public, private, education and research, societal, funding and donor sectors were invited to submit papers (or proposals for oral presentations) sharing Sustainable Development, ICT4D (information and communication technologies for development) and Humanitarian Technology related insights, experiences, good practices and lessons learnt from a research, policy, practitioner and/or community perspective. Submissions by practitioners (governmental, for-profit and non-profit), academics, private sector actors 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.

The technical focus of the Conference is complemented by an integrated understanding of broader contexts—economics, policy, culture, environment—that impact successful humanitarian technology implementation. Specifically:

  • Agriculture & Food Security (UN SDG2)
  • Good Health and Well Being (SDG3)
  • Quality Education (SDG4)
  • Clean Water & Sanitation (SDG6)
  • Affordable & Clean Energy (SDG7)
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG8)
  • Communication/Connectivity in Support of Development
  • Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response & Recovery
  • Technology Impacts on Societal Evolution
  • Other UN SDGs e.g. (9, 11, 12, 14)

Three types of submissions were solicited for presentation at GHTC:

  • Full Papers for mature work or completed projects four to eight pages;
  • Short Papers for early stage projects or authors wishing to share a snapshot of results-in-progress, experiences and perspectives, three to four pages;
  • Oral-Only Presentations (1-2 page abstract)

Proceedings from GHTC 2021 were published in IEEE Xplore

GHTC 2021 Archives

See Report on IEEE GHTC 2021

GHTC 2021 Video Recordings

GHTC 2021 Call for Papers (PDF)

GHTC 2021 Program

GHTC 2021 Papers Program Schedule (PDF)

GHTC 2021 Program Guide (PDF)

GHTC 2021 Workshops (Frugal Innovation and the Design Thinking Process) (Application of IoT During Pre- and Post-COVID 19 Pandemic) (Fundamentals of Off-Grid Electrical Systems) (Distributed Energy meets Humanitarian Needs)

GHTC 2021 Plenary and Keynote  Talks

GHTC 2021 Panel Sessions

GHTC 2021 Patrons and Sponsors (PDF)

GHTC 2021 Committees (PDF)

GHTC 2021 Student Poster Competition Info

GHTC 2021 Student Poster Contestants

GHTC 2021 Student Poster Competition Award Winners