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

Keynotes and Plenary Sessions

Preliminary, subject to change

IEEE Smart Village Workshop
Open Data Kit Workshop
Welcome Reception
Opening Plenary
Saturday Plenary
Gaetano Borriello Symposium
Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Closing Plenary


IEEE Smart Village Workshop 2015

Thursday October 8, 2015 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cascade 13 – Mezzanine Level

Ray Larsen & Robin Podmore, Co-Chairs

By invitation only; separate registration required.

Open Data Kit (ODK) Workshop

Thursday, October 8, 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Evergreen 3-4 – Mezzanine Level

Separate registration required.


Young Professionals Welcome Reception
(Maxi’s Ballroom, 14th Floor)

6:30 – 9:00 pm Thursday, October 8

Together, we are celebrating the global humanitarian accomplishments of compassionate “feet-on-the-ground” leaders in the IEEE, as well as the 70th anniversary of UNESCO. Join us for an exciting keynote talk by Jackie Stenson of EESmart, a panel discussion on the “techie life in Seattle,” and a night of casual open networking.

Welcome Keynote — “Invention is not enough: A journey from engineer to disseminator, and back”
Jackie Stenson (Essmart)

This event open to Seattle area Young Professionals. Sign up here.


 6:30 pm Welcome Reception
Mario Milicevic,  Chair, IEEE Young Professionals
Joe Decuir, GHTC15 Conference Chair
Jim Jefferies, IEEE-USA President.Event Sponsors and Hosts:
Mario Milicevic, IEEE YP Chair,
Dr. Sheree Wen, IEEE Seattle Section Chair.
 7:00 pm Keynote Speech
Jackie Stenson, President and founder, Essmart.
Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur honoree.
 8:00 pm Panel , “Techie  life in Seattle”
Mike Brisbois, Siemens,
A.J. Bush, Microsoft,
Erik Godo, Boeing,
Ravenda Lai, Amazon,
Leon Turner, Honeywell.


Hosted and moderated by
Mario Milicevic  and Dr. Sheree Wen

Opening Plenary (Grand 3)

8:00 – 10:00 am Friday, October 9

Conference Welcome — Joe Decuir (GHTC 2015 Chair)
Opening Remarks — Mike Andrews (IEEE Region 6 Past Director)

Opening Keynote #1 — “Saving Lives through Invention”
Maurizio Vecchione (Global Good)

Opening Keynote #2 — “Reimagining what’s possible: global health innovations to transform our world by 2030”
Steve Davis (PATH)

Dinner (Grand 3)

6:30 – 8:00 pm Friday, October 9

Dinner Keynote #1 — “Earth Observations from the International Space Station: Benefits for Humanity”
William L. Stefanov (NASA)

Dinner Keynote #2 — “Creating a Global Network to Impact Global Health
Nancy Sclater (Centennial President, Seattle Rotary)

Saturday Plenary (Grand 3)

8:00 – 10:00 am Saturday, October 10

Keynote — “UNICEF Kid Power – Introducing the First Wearable-For-Good”
Jeanette Duffy
(UNICEF Ventures)

Panel: The Future of Humanitarian Technology: Practitioners’ Perspective

Mark Haselkorn, Professor, University of Washington
Robin Mays, Ph.D. Researcher and Practioner, University of Washington
Miriam Orcutt, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Ian O’Donnell, Red Cross/Red Crescent Global Disaster Preparedness Center
Sian Platt, Plan International Bangladesh
Dennis Kalson, REHS, “Asesoria Global en Salud Ambiental”
Dan McClure, Thoughtworks Global Innovation Design Lead

The Gaetano Borriello “Feet on the Ground” Humanitarian Symposium (Grand 2)

1:30 – 6:00 pm Saturday, October 10

Symposium invited keynotes and technical speakers:

  • John Bennett, Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation Initiatives, University of Colorado, Denver and past president, Engineers Without Borders
  • Eric Brewer, Professor, Computer Science Division, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kiersten Israel-Ballard, Technical Officer, Maternal and Child Health/Nutrition, PATH
  • David Thau, Manager of Developer Relations, Google Earth Engine & Google Earth Outreach
  • Heather Underwood, Associate Director, Inworks and Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Lorenzo Violante Ruiz, Learning & Innovation Coordinator, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Roy Want, Research Scientist, Google

Open Data Kit Panel speakers:

  • Waylon Brunette, Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
  • Nicola Dell, Assistant Professor, Computing & Information Sciences, Cornell University
  • Carl Hartung, Co-founder & CTO, Nafundi
  • Sam Sudar, Ph.D. candidate, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington.

Special Presentation by Jim Jefferies, IEEE-USA President.

Dinner & Awards Ceremony (Grand 3)

6:30 – 8:30 pm Saturday, October 10

Region 6 Awards — Thomas Coughlin (Region 6)
GHTC Student Paper Awards — Ramesh Nair (GHTC)

Evening keynotePaul Mitchell (Microsoft)

Closing Plenary (Grand 3)

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Sunday, October 11

Closing Keynote #1 — “The Global Innovation Exchange: By You, For You”
Alex Moseson (USAID)

Closing Keynote #2Shukla Bose (Parikrma Humanity Foundation)

Closing Comments — Joe Decuir (GHTC 2015 Chair)