Technology for the Benefit of Humanity
April 21st, 2011

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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.)
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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
This year’s conference program can be found at

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

News and Updates:

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

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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.


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, 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:



August 31st, 2014

The Global Humanitarian Engineering Awards have been developed to recognise the contribution that both organisations and individuals make to improving the lives of those less fortunate in the world. The awards are: Global Humanitarian Engineer of the Year and Global Humanitarian Engineering Project of the Year.

In 2013 the inaugural award winners, Dr. Ashifi Gogo and iDE Product Development, showcased the exceptional thinking that is taking place to improve the standard of living in poverty stricken parts of the world.

The GHEA have made a statement to the field of humanitarian engineering through honouring innovation and change that can make a difference. The 2013 Humanitarian Engineer of the Year accolade received by Dr. Ashifi Gogo for his Sproxil Mobile Produce Authentication system has seen the product used over 5 million times in the developing regions of Africa and Asia.

Are you, or do you know an engineer whose contributions to the field of humanitarian engineering deserve to be recognised? If you can answer yes to this question the team at GHEA urges you to head over to our website at: and fill out a nomination form. The 2014 nominations close 29-August. Awards will be presented at GHTC 2014.


GHEA The Global Humanitarian Engineering Awards
Celebrating Outstanding Achievements in Humanitarian Engineering



August 25th, 2014

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

Note: Applications closed 19-September.



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

If you know of someone who would be a good plenary or keynote speaker or panelist for GHTC, use the form below to nominate them.

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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.