IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Technology for the Benefit of Humanity // Villanova University, USA / October 12-15, 2023

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    Announcing GHTC 2023 Call for Papers

    October 12-15, 2023
    Villanova University, Pennsylvania USA
    Download CFP (PDF)

    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.

    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.

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    GHTC 2022 Best Paper Awards

    GHTC 2022 Best Papers Awards presented at the Opening Ceremony

    Best Paper Awards

    • Ashley Mo and Emma Gui (University of Toronto Schools, Canada); Richard Fletcher (MIT, USA & Massachusetts General Hospital, USA)

    “Use of Voluntary Cough Sounds and Deep Learning for Pulmonary Disease Screening in Low-Resource Areas”

    • Brandon K Simons, Pritpal Singh, Iain Hunt and Jordan Ermilio (Villanova University, USA)

    “The repurposing of nickel metal hydride hybrid electric vehicle batteries for solar energy storage applications in rural Pacific Island communities”

    Best Paper Honorable Mention

    • Anne Schneibel, Nina Merkle, Marc Wieland, Konstanze Lechner, Seyedmajid Azimi, Fabian Henkel, Corentin Henry, Ralph Kiefl, Xiangtian Yuan and Monika Gaehler (German Aerospace Center, Germany)

    “User-driven flood response & monitoring information – Key findings of the Data4Human project”



    GHTC 2022 Attendee Welcome Instructions


    Thank you for registering for GHTC 2022.

    This post includes crucial details about the conference for all attendees. An email with the same information was sent to all registered attendees as of 6-Sept.


    The 12th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2022) will take place from September 8 to 11, 2022 in person at Santa Clara University (SCU) in the John and Susan Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation (SCDI), Building (#402).

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    GHTC 2022 Venue and Hotels

    For details and interactive map see the Venue page.


    IEEE GHTC 2022 will be held at Santa Clara University (SCU) in Santa Clara, CA, in the John and Susan Sobrato Discovery and Innovation Building (#402). See SCU Campus Map and building info page.

    SCU is located at: 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053, USA


    Santa Clara University is located in the heart of Silicon Valley just 5 miles from the San Jose International Airport and about 35 miles south of the San Francisco International Airport. The campus is easily reachable from U.S. Highway 101, Interstate 880, and Interstate 280.


    There are many hotels around SCU campus. Some of the hotels are within the walking distance from the campus.

    We have special discount rates from these nearby hotels. See Venue page for details and booking links.
    • Embassy Suites by Hilton, Santa Clara, Silicon Valley
    • Element by Westin, San Jose Airport


    IEEE CNSV Events at GHTC

    The IEEE Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV) has organized a Workshop and two evening Special Sessions at the 2022 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference being held at Santa Clara University. In addition, CNSV is sponsoring the MOVE truck.

    • Diversity in the Workplace: Retaining Early Career Women and Minority Engineers (September 8, 2022)
    • Communications, Computing, and Power during Disaster Response (September 9, 2022)

    Note: These are free events, and open to the public, but pre-registration is required (with $10 refundable deposit) due to limited space. GHTC attendees must also register for these events.

    (Every person who attends the Special Event will receive a refund of their $10 EventBrite Registration fee.)

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    MOVE Community Outreach at GHTC 2022


    MOVE Community Outreachan IEEE-USA Initiative, is an emergency relief program committed to assisting victims of natural disasters with short-term communications, computer, and power solutions. Services include phone charging, internet & communications support, and lighting to disaster victims.

    When not deployed for natural disasters, MOVE volunteers conduct community outreach and facilitate learning opportunities for students and the general public in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

    There are two MOVE trucks, one in North Carolina and one in Southern California. The 32-foot long West Coast vehicle will be parked at the Santa Clara University Campus September 9th and tours will be given after a Keynote presentation about the MOVE program by Tim Lee, IEEE Region 6 Director.


    GHTC 2022 Program Announced

    GHTC 2022 is pleased to announce the preliminary conference program.

    The 12th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2022) will take place in person at Santa Clara University (California) from September 8 to 11, 2022.

    Registration is open – Early rates extended to August 12 August 26. See the GHTC 2022 Registration page for details on fees and options.

    See the GHTC 2022 Program pages for details.

    GHTC is a flagship international conference supporting achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), bringing together people working on the application of technology to addressing critical issues for the benefit of the resource-constrained and vulnerable populations in the world.

    GHTC focuses of these sustainable goals:

    • Good Health and Well Being (SDG3)
    • Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG7)
    • Communication/Connectivity in Support of Development
    • Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
    • Technologies that promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (SDG5)
    • Quality Education (SDG4)
    • Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG6)
    • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG8)
    • Agriculture and Food Security (SDG2)
    • Technology Impacts on Societal Evolution

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    GHTC 2022 Registration is now Open

    Registration for GHTC 2022 is now OPEN.

    See the GHTC 2022 Registration page for details on fees and options. Early Presenter registration extended July 10 July 25. Early Attendee registration ends August 12 August 26.

    The IEEE Communication Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter (SCV), will support a limited number of GHTC 2022 registrations for IEEE ComSoc members. See the ComSoc Grant announcement for details and how to apply. Deadline July 6.



    IEEE ComSoc SCV Grants

    IEEE Communications Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter will provide a limited number of registration and travel grants for IEEE ComSoc members.

    • The applicant must have their paper accepted for presentation by GHTC 2022
    • An author can apply for one registration grant
    • The applicant must be an IEEE ComSoc member.
    • For students, a faculty member must confirm that the nominee is an undergraduate or graduate student and that she/he is an IEEE ComSoc member

    For complete details and application, see the ComSoc Registration Grant page.

    Information on registering for GHTC 2022 see the Registration page.