Technology for the Benefit of Humanity
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April 21st, 2011

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March 3rd, 2015
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Please join our 5th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2015. GHTC 2015 will celebrate the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. We are expecting over 400 people in attendance including many industrial leaders and other dignitaries.

Since 1945, for 70 years, UNESCO has united people in 197 countries, building peace in the minds of men and women. UNESCO has endeavored through all forms of Education, Science and culture to improve lives through peaceful collaborations.   IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization, we are proud of our mission; Advancing Technology for Humanity.   With our 400,000+ members in 160 countries and our valuable worldwide partners, we are determined to better people’s life in all corners of the world.

The GHTC is the flagship IEEE humanitarian conference. We invite you to join other like-minded people from academia, industries and non-profit organizations, together for presenting, discussing, and developing technological solutions to global humanitarian challenges. GHTC 2015, dedicated to “Advancing Technology for Humanity” will be focused on eight essential areas:

Energy, Health, Disaster Management, Connectivity & Communication, Water & Sanitation, Agriculture and Education as well as Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities.

In addition to above eight technical tracks, joint with the IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT), we will have a “Boots on the ground” special track for people to report their real time achievements and lesson learned as they passionately help those in need in all corners of the world.

We are also planning a Hackathon; in which a group of engineers, subject matter experts and creative people will prototype solutions for relevant and important humanitarian challenges. We expect that the open source solutions developed during the conference will be deployed by humanitarian organizations which sponsored challenges.   We welcome you to sponsor challenges or join the Hackathon solution team.

More information on paper submission requirements and deadlines, hackathon challenge statements, registration for the conference, hotel reservations and exhibiting is available on the GHTC website www.ieeeghtc.org.

Joe Decuir, Fellow IEEE
Chair, IEEE GHTC 2015
Member of Board of Governors, IEEE CES
jdecuir@ieee.org
Dr. Sheree Wen
Vice Chair, GHTC 2015
Chair, IEEE Seattle Section
United States national commissioner to UNESCO
swen@IEEE.org

 

February 11th, 2015

GHTC 2015 Banner - Website

Seattle – January 30, 2015 – Today the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) Steering Committee announced the Call For Papers for the 2015 Conference. It will take place in Seattle, Washington, USA, October 8 – 11th 2015.

Organized by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional society with over 400,000 members in over 160 countries, IEEE GHTC focuses on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. This 5th annual cross-discipline conference provides the perfect venue for those interested in humanitarian projects to join their peers in Seattle, a community famed for leading-edge technological innovations, world-class researchers, and technology investors. The conference attracts a global audience of educators, engineers, scientist, practitioners, educators, philanthropists, corporations, foundations, NGO’s and others interested in applying technology to develop effective solutions for the challenges facing the world’s underserved populations.

Conference Mission:

  • Promote science, engineering and technology as key to development of solutions to humanitarian problems
  • Foster exchange of information and networking in the humanitarian field
  • Focus attention of businesses on emerging market and social entrepreneurship opportunities
  • Impact in positive and meaningful ways the lives of disadvantaged billions around the world

GHTC is focused on, but not limited to, working in the following humanitarian areas:

  1. Energy—Electrification, renewable energy technologies, energy and power infrastructures, off-grid power, lighting, cooking, heating
  2. Health—Medical technology, telemedicine, mobile care, primary care, nutrition
  3. Disaster Management—Disaster preparedness and planning, early warning, response systems, needs analysis and assessment, community mobilization, monitoring and evaluation
  4. Connectivity & Communication—Information networks, information technologies and systems, communication technologies, social media
  5. Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities—Logistics and transportation, security (infrastructure, information, human), shelter, interagency coordination, human-centered system design, participatory methods
  6. Water & Sanitation—Clean water, sanitation, solid waste management, vector control, drainage, hygiene
  7. Agriculture—Agricultural technologies, irrigation, farming practices
  8. Education—Training and capacity building, programs and methods, service learning

New This Year:

  • Encourage continued participation by people and organizations working in the field to showcase functional solutions as well as lessons learned.
  • Request technical problems to solve, for an on-site Hackathon
  • Increase involvement of businesses and industry supporting humanitarian solutions

Why Attend?

  • Participate inan extensive, vibrant, and innovative technical program
  • Learn from world-class practitioners working in the field
  • Exchange information, share experiences and network with actively involved attendees
  • Gain visibility and recognition for your humanitarian work and projects
  • Find new resources, ideas, and potential partners or investors

The Conference Program will include plenary, panel and invited talks, tutorial sessions, technical sessions, poster sessions, contests, and many opportunities for social and professional networking. We hope you will participate by submitting a paper, talk or poster.

Abstract Submissions are due March 31, 2015
More Information:
http://www.ieeeghtc.org

We look forward to seeing you at GHTC 2015 in Seattle.

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The IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference is sponsored by IEEE Region 6, the Seattle Section, the IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), with publishing support from IEEE-USA.

December 22nd, 2014

GHTC 2014 papers have been published in IEEE Xplore.

2014 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), now in the IEEE Xplore database, at:
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/servlet/opac?punumber=6958780

2014 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference – South Asia Satellite (GHTC-SAS),
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/servlet/opac?punumber=6943285

GHTC 2014 recorded presentations from the plenary and evening sessions are now available, see
www.ieeeghtc.org/archives/ghtc-2014/videos-2014/

October 28th, 2014

Engineering for Change has posted a special article featuring several papers from GHTC 2014 in a roundup of prototypes and research on technology for disaster preparedness and relief here.

 

October 14th, 2014

Several GHTC participants were featured in an article “Solar Rising in Village Microgrids” in EE Times. Read the article here.

 

October 10th, 2014

Announcing: GHTC 2014 live blog at http://ieeeghtc.wordpress.com/.

Use hashtag #IEEEGHTC2014 to join the conversation on Twitter. @ieeeghtc

 

September 26th, 2014

The hotel reservation deadline has been extended to 3 October 2014 from 25 September.

NOTE: If there’s a problem with getting a room, directly contact Merritt Mulinix or Rhonda Alatorre at the hotel, 1-408-453-6200.

 

September 24th, 2014

Humanitarian Technology Innovation in Silicon Valley: The Rise of Social Enterprise

– Co-organized by IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section – Consumer Electronics Society

Date: Monday, October 13 2014
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: San Jose Ballroom (first floor)
Cost: $45/Person to cover food and coffee break, and for attendance to GHTC sessions on Monday afternoon

Registration required. This is a non-GHTC event; however registration includes lunch and access to GHTC Monday afternoon Sessions H1-H5 and Closing Plenary.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/humanitarian-technology-innovation-silicon-valley-and-the-arise-of-social-enterprise-tickets-13339024381

Moderator: Professor Radha Basu, Director, Frugal Innovation Lab, Santa Clara University

Overview:

The panel discussion will introduce some of the humanitarian technology innovations that are being developed at the Silicon Valley in Northern California, the birthplace of numerous high tech companies. This would provide an opportunity for various institutes and organizations to share knowledge and experience based on the humanitarian technology projects that they have developed, and to exchange ideas and visions on the future directions of the technology development.

Some of the questions to be addressed by the panel include:

1)    What are the most urgent and critical humanitarian problems to be solved?

2)    Can the state-of-the-art product and technology be extended and applied to humanitarian applications?

3)    What are the key technologies for humanitarian applications that have been validated which are yet to be productized?

4)    What could be the process of product realization and commercialization of new technology that can be applied to humanitarian applications?

5)    What would be the essential factors for the projects or products to be scalable and sustainable?

6)    What could be the biggest roadblocks to the successful realization and deployment of humanitarian technologies?

7)    Could social enterprises solve humanitarian problems?

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September 4th, 2014

2014 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)

Conference Dates: 10-13 October 2014
Location: Holiday Inn San Jose-Airport; Silicon Valley (San Jose, Calif.)
Register at: http://www.ieeeghtc.org/registration/

IEEE GHTC focuses on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. This 4th annual cross-discipline conference provides the perfect venue for those interested in humanitarian projects to join their peers in Silicon Valley, a community famed for leading-edge technological innovations, world-class researchers, and technology investors. The conference attracts a global audience of educators, engineers, scientist, practitioners, philanthropists, corporations, foundations, NGO’s and others interested in applying technology to develop effective solutions for the challenges facing the world’s underserved populations.

The overall schedule can be found at http://www.ieeeghtc.org/files/2012/01/Program-Table.pdf.
This year’s conference program can be found at http://www.ieeeghtc.org/event/.

GHTC 2014  features 127 papers, 28 “lightning” talks and 14 posters, in 45 sessions in five parallel tracks, plus student paper contest, invited sessions, workshops and panels. GHCT is sponsored by IEEE Region 6, the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section and IEEE Seattle Section, with support from the IEEE Humanitarian Ad Hoc Committee and NASA.

Information on the venue is found at http://www.ieeeghtc.org/practical-info/

News and Updates: http://www.ieeeghtc.org/home/blog/

GHTC Conference Mission:

  • Promote science, engineering and technology as key to development of solutions to humanitarian problems
  • Foster exchange of information and networking in the humanitarian field
  • Focus attention of businesses on emerging market and social entrepreneurship opportunities
  • Impact in positive and meaningful ways the lives of disadvantaged billions around the world

Why Attend?

  • Participate in an extensive, vibrant and innovative technical program
  • Learn from world-class knowledgeable practitioners working in the field
  • Exchange information, share experiences and network with actively involved attendees
  • Gain visibility and recognition for your humanitarian work and projects
  • Find new resources, ideas and potential partners or investors

Important Dates:

  • Early Registration Deadline: 5-September
  • Regular Registration Deadline: 8-October
  • At the Door Registration starts: 9-October

Register at: http://www.ieeeghtc.org/registration/

August 31st, 2014

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Special Topical Workshop of the IEEE Community Solutions Initiative (CSI)

Date: Friday October 10, 2014 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Location: In conjunction with the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, Holiday Inn Airport Hotel, 1350 N. First Street, San Jose California

Dear Colleagues:

It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to a special CSI workshop that has two main purposes: (1) To bring together CSI collaboration members to discuss recent sustainable initiative progress, and (2) to discuss the paths forward to expand operations globally as a new Signature Program of the IEEE Foundation. Signature status brings direct Foundation development staff and management support to secure a growing seed funding budget to launch up to ten new partnership startups per year.

The CSI strategy is not only to seed new initiatives with equipment and training donations, but to plant the sustainable business and operations model originally developed in partnership with Sirona in Haiti which achieved the original pilot demonstration of a sustainable business model in 2011-2012. Subsequently the model was refined to include Standard Operating Procedures in 2013-14 for easy dissemination globally. Expanding to scale is the final goal which involves both a highly efficient affordable service and the ability of the startup to attract capital to grow from ten systems to 2,000 systems, each serving 8-homes and ~ 500 people for 1 million people in total by 2020.

Reliable community owned electricity is a first step toward the developmental empowerment of whole communities from within. To be lastingly significant, many more steps are urgently needed, beginning with broad community-based education. The CSI Education vision is called “Learning beyond the Lightbulb.” It envisions cooperating with partners in both Community Based Online Courses but also in community development beyond the Lightbulb such as clean water, sanitation, rural healthcare, local governance and commerce. Broad education, including but not only technical, is key to the long-term success of all sustainable development.

Workshop Structure:

Introductory presentations will encourage interactive sharing of perspectives and questions from participants. Some of the strategy themes being considered are as follows:

  1. What new initiatives have been made since the initial pilot programs established in Haiti in 2011-12?
  2. What are the Learning Beyond the Light Bulb community based education program’s major goals and pilot plans?
  3. How well are the system products working and what are current improvement goals?
  4. How standardized are the product and the business models and are local variants desirable or not?
  5. What evidence do we have for business sustainability and impact in different regions?
  6. How are present partnerships structured and what are partnership requirements going forward?
  7. What are the immediate expansion plans for 2014-15?
  8. What progress has the Signature Program made and what results are expected in 2014-15?

Note that participants are welcome to suggest topics not covered above.

Discussion Leaders will be drawn from active IEEE CSI Practitioners, Partners and IEEE Humanitarian Program Leadership. A detailed program will be posted in advance.

Logistics:

Registration: It is preferred that you register in advance for planning purposes since seating is limited and walk-ons may not get a seat. To register, contact Albe Larsen, amlarsen@slac.stanford.edu. Registration check-in is between 0800 and 0830AM at the site.

Fees: There is no fee for the workshop but we need to cover costs of break refreshments and a box lunch option payable at the meeting.

If interested please register as soon as possible. We hope to see you there!

With best regards,

Ray Larsen & Robin Podmore, CSI Co-Chairs

CSI Website: http://www.communitysolutionsinitiative.org/