Technology for the Benefit of Humanity
April 21st, 2011

News, announcements and updates will be posted here.

August 25th, 2015

IEEE SIGHT logo smallThe IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee is offering limited and partial conference participation support to the following category of participants at IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 2015-

  • Authors of papers accepted by GHTC, and whose work is part of a SIGHT.
  • Representatives of SIGHTs from who would like to present their work.

This is an invitation to consider the opportunity: (a) to network with other IEEE members doing humanitarian work; (b) to participate in workshops, tutorials and technical sessions on humanitarian topics; (c) to present your work to your peers. To that effect, we will match funding by your local IEEE Section or Region up-to 50% of your conference expenses, and up-to a maximum of $750.

To apply download the application form here (Word, PDF). Submit the filled-in application for review to Holly Schneider-Brown at the address below. A decision should be rendered by the 2nd week of September 2015. Note that SIGHT funding is limited and not all worthy applications can be supported.

Application Deadline:       5th September 2015
Decision:                             10th September, 2015

Please submit to:
Holly Schneider-Brown
SIGHT Steering Committee


August 10th, 2015


IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)

October 8-11, 2015     Seattle, Washington USA
Registration Now Open!
Early registration discount ends September 6, 2015

IEEE Global Humanitarian Conference (GHTC) is the perfect venue for enthusiasts from all backgrounds to connect, share and address critical issues for the benefit of the humanitarian endeavor worldwide. Join us in Seattle, WA, USA as we:

  • Enable a global sharing of skills, knowledge, networking in the humanitarian and emergency management fields
  • Highlight humanitarian technologies that promote successful practice, attract practitioners, and guide future research
  • Positively impact billions of people around the world

IEEE GHTC is the place to be whether you have experience to share, are looking for opportunities to join, or simply want to understand humanitarian work. In its 5th year, sponsored by IEEE Region 6 and IEEE Seattle Section, the conference is dedicated to “Advancing Technology for Humanity” with a focus on essential areas including energy, health, disaster management, connectivity, agriculture, and education.

Conference highlights include:

  • Maurizio Vecchione, Sr. Vice President of Global Good & Research – plenary
  • “The Future of Humanitarian Technology” with a panel of experts from NGOs, the United Nations, and the Red Cross
  • “The Internet of Things (IoT) for Humanity” with a panel of industry partners
  • IEEE SIGHT Gaetano Borriello Memorial Symposium on Humanitarian Technology
  • UNESCO 70th Anniversary celebration
  • IEEE Smart Village workshop on Energy, Education, and Empowerment

Interactive special sessions that support in-field humanitarian efforts:

  • Open Data Kit Workshop – learn to collect data and build data services for many humanitarian efforts
  • Entrepreneurship and Education – engage in workshops with interactive dialogue on grass-roots business development and collaborative educational strategies for entrepreneurs and practitioners
  • Demonstrations and Exhibitions – see and experience new technologies in water and sanitation, energy, and communication and connectivity technologies

Register today to participate in an extensive, vibrant, and innovative technical program with likeminded individuals across the world.
Advanced Discount Registration ends September 6:
Regular Registration ends October 7
On-Site Registration & One Day Passes Available
For more information, contact

Download PDF of the Call for Participation flyer.

July 26th, 2015

The review process for the Student Paper Contest has been completed and the final 5 papers for conference presentation have been selected.

The Top 5 Student Papers selected for conference presentation are as follows: 

  1. Alexander Anderson and team, Washington State University, USA ‘Need Clean Water Here’.
  2. Vijay Kumar and team, Vignan Institute of Technology and Science, India ‘Automatic Vehicle Indicator On/Off’
  3. Bartley Argo and team, University of Central Florida, USA ‘Lifestream Mobile Application: Navigating Transgender Healthcare in Metropolitan Orlando’
  4. Thejus Padmakumar and team, Amrita University, India ‘DTMF based Robotic Arm Design and Control for Robotic Coconut Tree Climber’
  5. Rahul R and team, Vellore Institute of Technology, India ‘Motorized Hand Rehabilitation Device’ 

These papers will be presented in the Student Paper Contest session at GHTC 2015 in Seattle on October 10.

We thank the IEEE MGA Young Professional/Student Activities Committee for sponsoring the awards for this years Student Paper Contest.


July 1st, 2015

Registration is now open for GHTC 2015.

Visit the Registration page for information and a link to the registration system.
Regular Advance Registration ends at 11:59 pm PST  6-September-2015

Note that US Travel Visa requests are handled via the registration process. If you have questions, see the Visa Requests page for links to US State Department information pages.


Hotel reservations are also open.

See the Hotel and Travel page for information on the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport hotel, room options and pricing, and making your reservation online or by phone.

GHTC has arranged a very good Group Rate of $119. The GHTC Group Rate will be offered for a period of five (5) days before (10/3/2015), and five (5) days after (10/16/2015) the Meeting Dates, subject to availability of rooms at the time of reservation.

The Hotel Reservation cut-off date is September 21, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time


May 16th, 2015

The deadline for submissions for the GHTC 2015 Student Paper Contest has been extended to June 3.



April 2nd, 2015

Deadline extended to June 3

We would like to announce the Student Paper Contest (SPC) for this year’s GHTC. We have been conducting the SPC since 2012, and we are continuing our tradition this year as well. The IEEE GHTC Review Room has also been set up to receive submissions. See full details on this year’s Contest at

Some particulars:

  • Student Paper contest aimed at undergraduate and graduate IEEE student members.
  • Deadline for paper submission: May 15, 2015 June 3, 2015
  • Review Process: Blind triple review
  • Submission portal: IEEE GHTC Review Room

Akshay Menon and Ramesh Nair

Student Activities Contests, IEEE GHTC 2015


March 31st, 2015

The GHTC 2015 Call for Papers, Posters, Lightning Talks, and Special Sessions (Presentation, Demonstration, Panel and Workshop) Abstract deadline has been extended to April 14, 2015.

To submit an abstract go to:

To review the detail for the Call for Papers/Submissions visit


March 3rd, 2015
IEEE unesco logo UNESCO WSC logo IEEE Seattle Section IEEE Region 6

For immediate release

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

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


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:

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


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:

2014 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference – South Asia Satellite (GHTC-SAS),

GHTC 2014 recorded presentations from the plenary and evening sessions are now available, see