Technology for the Benefit of Humanity
April 21st, 2011

News, announcements and updates will be posted here.

August 25th, 2014

We are looking for volunteers to help us with the GHTC 2014 on site.

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August 24th, 2014

Author registration extended until August 28.

Remember – Advance Registration pricing ends September 5, 2014.

See the Registration page for details.


August 3rd, 2014

We live in a global community and we need better ways to bring those from third world countries and those less fortunate to our conference which can potentially change their communities for the better. So we want to help by raising funds through donations, donation of any amount – every single $1 makes a difference.

GHTC has established  a fundraising site on Crowdrise to raise funds to help authors and students from third world countries attend GHTC:

Donate and support the attendance by third world authors of outstanding solutions for humanitarian problems.

  • Support the GHTC2014 participation fund which will be used to allow authors and students to attend the conference and showcase their work.
  • Support hands on skills training, such as public speaking for a global audience, writing grants, influencing key decision makers to support your project.
  • Support authors and students to discover ways they can use their engineering skills to improve the quality of life for those around them.

If you can, please consider making a donation of any amount – every single $1 makes a difference, if you can’t afford to donate, please consider sharing the link:


July 31st, 2014



GHTC 2014 is pleased to announce that the SIGHT “Conference Participation Support Program” application is open for SIGHT volunteers who will be presenting their work at GHTC 2014 in San Jose, California USA. The fellowship grant, up to USD $750, can be used for partial travel or registration fee expenses.

Proof of paper acceptance or invitation to speak must be sent to Holly Schneider-Brown at

Applicants must also fill out an application form.

The goal of this program is to help SIGHT volunteers benefit from peer-review feedback, to learn about new developments in the field and to network with others working in this area. SIGHT volunteers will also gain experience in showing others the delicate task of applying technology to improve the living standards of underserved populations, and encouraging others to increase efforts in this direction.

Application Deadline is 11:59 pm local time, Tuesday, August 5.

For more information, please contact: Ramesh Nair (, GHTC Student Papers Contest Chair.


July 8th, 2014

Registration for GHTC 2014 is now OPEN.



To book your hotel room, visit our Hotel & Travel page.


Key dates:

Authors Advance Registration through 18-July.
Regular Advance Registration through 05-September. (Save US$50)
Regular Registration 06-September to 08-October.
On-site Registration after 08-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