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

Call for Papers

Call For Late Papers (PDF version)

Call for Late Papers is Out – Deadline: July 12th (Firm)

(Use Late Tracks)

GHTC 2021 will be held as a Virtual Conference due to the impact of COVID-19.

Overview & Conference Theme

The Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) is the flagship IEEE forum for presenting and discussing humanitarian technology innovation and deployment. 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.

The 11th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2021) will share practical technology-enabled solutions addressing needs of underserved communities in resource constrained environments around the world in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Stakeholders from the public, private, education and research, societal, funding and donor sectors are invited to submit Oral Presentation proposals or Short Papers (early-stage results) as well as Full Papers (mature results) 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. 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 should not be simultaneously submitted to another conference or journal.

As well as describing technological aspects, Authors and Presenters are encouraged to consider socio-cultural, socio-economic, environmental and policy perspectives, and how Sustainable Development related good practices such as capacity building, community ownership, Co-Design, Collaborative Open Innovation and Theory of Change are applied. Submissions should describe the preliminary, final or expected results and impact.

Please note that all submissions will undergo a Plagiarism Check before being assigned for blind peer review by members of the IEEE GHTC 2021 International Technical Program Committee (TPC), who are all experienced subject matter experts.

The Conference theme of “Technology for the Benefit of Humanity” is presented in these thematic areas:

  1. Affordable & Clean Energy (SDG7): Generation, and Distribution of Renewable Energy; Off-grid Energy for Lighting, Cooking and Heating.
  2. Agriculture & Food Security (SDG2): Agricultural Technologies, Irrigation and Farming Practices.
  3. Clean Water & Sanitation (SDG6): Clean Water; Sanitation; Solid Waste Management; Disease Vector Control; Drainage and Hygiene.
  4. Connectivity & Communication in Support of Development: Communication and Information Technologies, Systems, and Applications; Social Media and Its Application;
  5. Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG8): Entrepreneurship Programs (including social entrepreneurship), Sustainable Business Models, Social Enterprises, Workforce Development Programs (e.g. digital literacy programs), Innovative Business Financing Models.
  6. Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response & Recovery: Disaster Planning and Preparedness; Predictive, Warning and Response Systems; Community Mobilization; Monitoring and Evaluation of Community Response.
  7. Good Health and Well Being (SDG3): Medical technology, Telemedicine, Mobile Clinics, Primary Care and Nutrition.
  8. Quality Education (SDG4): Training and Capacity Building; Programs; Methods and Service Learning.
  9. Other Related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. SDGs 9, 11, 12, 14): Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities; Infrastructure, Information, and Human Security; Shelters; Community engagement, Capacity-building, and Behavior Change; Metrics and measurement; Technology Design, Adoption and Dissemination; Human-Centered System Design; Ocean Health and Climate Change Mitigation.
  10. Technology Impacts on Societal Evolution: Societal implications of technology introduction, implementation challenges for sustainable technologies, ethics and professional responsibility, risk management, public policy considerations.

Three types of submissions are possible for presentation at GHTC:

  • Full Papers are appropriate for mature work or completed projects and should not exceed eight pages;
  • Short Papers are appropriate for early stage projects or authors wishing to share a snapshot of interim results, experiences and perspectives, and should be three to four pages in length including a short reference section.
  • Oral-Only Presentations are appropriate for work-in-progress, projects at an early stage of implementation as well as an option for community representatives, practitioners, policy makers who prefer not to write a paper. Oral-Only submissions should be described in one or two pages.

NOTE: we are accepting proposals for 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. Short Papers and Oral-Only Presentations will be accepted for presentation either during an appropriate paper session or poster session at the discretion of the Program Committee.

Reviews: all submissions received by the deadline will be assigned for reviews. Notification of review results and feedback will occur as reviews are completed.

Complementing the 2021 IEEE GHTC Conference Proceedings, accepted papers presented during the conference will also be submitted for publication in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library.

A selection of accepted papers will be invited to submit a revised and extended version to an IEEE journal.

Important Dates

Full Paper, Short Paper and Oral-only submission for review deadlineMay 15, 2021 / 4-Jun-21 (extended)
Special Sessions (e.g. demo, panel, discussion) deadlineJune 15, 2021
Notification of acceptance / revision requirementsJuly 12, 2021 (revised)
Late Full Paper, Short Paper and Oral-only submission for review deadlineJuly 2, 2021 July 18, 2021 (firm)
Late Submission Notification of acceptance / revision requirementsLate July 2021
Submission of Final Full Paper/Short Paper and Oral-only PresentationAugust 14, 2021 (revised)
Author Copyright forms deadlinesame as Final deadline
Author early registration deadlineAugust 23, 2021September 10, 2021 (revised)
Early registration deadlineSeptember 20, 2021
Recorded presentations due September 30, 2021

To submit your work see the Authors Central pages.


GHTC 2021 is sponsored by the IEEE Region 6, Seattle Section and SSIT, with technical sponsorship by the IEEE CTS, EMBS, MTT, PELS, PES, Smart Village Initiative, IEEE SA and IEEE-USA .