Technology for the Benefit of Humanity
April 21st, 2011

News, announcements and updates will be posted here.

July 8th, 2014

Registration for GHTC 2014 is now OPEN.



Key dates:

Authors Advance Registration through 18-July.
Regular Advance Registration through 05-September.
Regular Registration 06-September to 10-October.
Last day to cancel: 24-September.
Last date to pay by wire transfer: 24-September.


March 25th, 2014

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February 8th, 2014

The GHTC Committee is pleased to announce that online submissions are now open.

See the Authors Resources for submission information and instructions.


January 30th, 2014

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IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference Issues 2014 Call for Papers

San Jose – January 30, 2014 – Today the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) Steering Committee announced the Call For Papers for the 2014 Conference. It will take place in San Jose, California, USA, October 10th – 13th 2014.

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 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, 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

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January 30th, 2014

Thank you for your continuing  interest in the application of technology for the good of humanity.  We are pleased to report that the papers from the 2013 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, held in Silicon Valley last October, are now mounted in the IEEE’s Xplore online database for you to access.  Here is the direct link:

GHTC 2013:

You can use this listing to locate all of the published papers from the conference, and to access their abstracts.  Those whose universities/companies are Xplore subscribers can download any of them at no cost; others may need to pay a small fee.  Please alert technologists who may be interested.

The GHTC papers from previous years are also available:

GHTC 2012:

GHTC 2011: servlet/opac?punumber=6100959

Finally, the next GHTC will again be in San Jose/Silicon Valley, October 10-13, 2014; save the dates.  The Call for Papers can be accessed here:

Please begin developing an abstract for submission.  The abstract is due by March 31st, and can be for a technical presentation (with your draft paper uploaded by May 27), a Lightning Talk (presentation-only), or a coordinated session or panel.  The abstract-submission system should be operational by January 31st.

The themes are:

–  Energy—infrastructure and off-grid power, renewable, transportation, lighting, cooking & heating

Health—medical technology, telemedicine, mobile care, primary care

Disaster, connectivity, and communication—disaster warning & avoidance, disaster response, disaster management, networks, remote communication, communication technologies

Water and agriculture—clean water, sanitation, irrigation, farming practices & agricultural technologies

Humanitarian challenges and opportunities—education, housing, supply chain & distribution, business development


We hope to see you at GHTC 2014!

Best regards,

Paul Wesling, Publications Chair

IEEE: Advancing Technology for Humanity


October 25th, 2013

GHTC 2013 has been archived – see

Thanks to everyone for making GHTC 2013 a great success!

Catherine Nelson is the conference chair for next year and she is already setting the pace to ensure that next year is even greater! Planning has already begun for GHTC 2014 to be held in Silicon Valley next October.

Be sure to read the conference blogs ( You are welcome to make comments, and express your opinions.

All photos taken at the conference are posted on the GHTC Facebook page, Check back as more photos are coming soon.

Speakers’ presentations will be available soon at the conference website (

Keith Moore
Chair, GHTC 2013

Soon Wan
Vice Chair, GHTC 2013

October 18th, 2013

(San Jose CA)

As Chair of GHTC 2013 I would like to extend my sincere thanks to our sponsors, patrons, authors, speakers, panelists and other participants. It is because of your dedicated work and efforts that this conference exists. I also want to extend an earnest thank you to the conference committee and organizers who have dedicated time and sweat equity into planning for the conference. Thank you!

The San Jose Airport Garden Hotel has truly rolled out the red carpet welcome for us and I hope that you will take advantage of the great facilities and beautiful gardens for ad hoc meetings and discussions. A quick call for the hotel courtesy van provides transport from the airport upon your arrival.

The program committee has done a great job of putting together the agenda and we are anxious to meet everyone and hear the great reports and presentations that have been prepared!

May your travels bring you safely to GHTC 2013 for a wonderful visit!


Keith Moore – Chair, IEEE GHTC 2013


October 16th, 2013

The GHTC 2013 Preliminary Program has been updated with the final sessions and speakers. Visit the Program page to view the pre-conference Tutorials, Technical Program Sessions and Posters, Social Program, Panels, Workshops and Plenary/Special/X-Track Sessions, and to read the Keynote and Featured Speaker bios.

The GHTC 2013 Program-at-a-glance has been updated. Download the updated PDF here.

The GHTC 48-page Conference Program Book PDF can be downloaded here.

Transportation info and directions to the hotel have been updated.

See you at GHTC 2013!

September 30th, 2013

The hotel deadline for reservations has been extended to October 3.

Please ensure you make your reservations. Go to the Hotel & Travel page.


September 21st, 2013

Data Science for Good:

Engineering and Machine Learning Affecting Change

Sunday evening reception hosted by IEEE GOLD/WIE.    You can register even if not attending conference.  Great for Bay Area residents or anybody who happens to be in the area on Sunday, October 20th.


From 7:00  till 9:30 PM.  Includes a Keynote presentation by Thomson Nguyen, formerly of Causes.Com, and more.  All for a very very reasonable price.

To register, follow the link in the first line below the title.