Technology for the Benefit of Humanity
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Overview & Conference Theme

The Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) is the flagship IEEE forum for presenting and discussing humanitarian technology innovation and deployment. The technical focus of the Conference is complemented by an integrated understanding of broader contexts—economics, policy, culture, environment—that impact successful humanitarian technology implementation.

The mission for the conference is sharing practical technology enabled solutions addressing the needs of underserved populations and resource constrained environments around the world and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).

Stakeholders from the public, private, education and research, societal, funding and donor sectors are invited to submit proposed papers (or presentations) sharing Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Technology related insights, experiences, good practices and lessons learnt from a research, policy, practitioner and/or community perspective. To this end, GHTC welcomes paper and presentation submissions in the Sustainable Development and Humanitarian/Appropriate/Assistive Technology spaces. Submissions by practitioners (governmental, for-profit and non-profit), academics, private sector actors and policy makers describing intervention design and implementation, field experiences and best practices, case studies, project monitoring and evaluation results, and original research are of particular interest.

As well as describing technological aspects, Authors and Presenters are encouraged to consider socio-cultural, socio-economic, environmental and policy perspectives, and how sustainable development best practices such as community engagement, capacity building, local ownership, co-design and Collaborative Open Innovation, Social Return on Investment (SROI), Theory of Change planning, and PESTLE analysis are applied. Submissions should describe the preliminary, final or expected results and impact.

The Conference theme of “Technology for the Benefit of Humanity” is presented in these focus areas:

  1. Affordable & Clean Energy (SDG7): Generation, and Distribution of Renewable Energy; Off-grid Energy for Lighting, Cooking and Heating.
  2. Agriculture & Food Security (SDG2): Agricultural Technologies, Irrigation and Farming Practices.
  3. Clean Water & Sanitation (SDG6): Clean Water; Sanitation; Solid Waste Management; Disease Vector Control; Drainage and Hygiene.
  4. Connectivity & Communication in Support of Development: Communication and Information Technologies, Systems, and Applications; Social Media and Its Application;
  5. Good Health and Well Being (SDG3): Medical technology, Telemedicine, Mobile Clinics, Primary Care and Nutrition.
  6. Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response & Recovery: Disaster Planning and Preparedness; Predictive, Warning and Response Systems; Community Mobilization; Monitoring and Evaluation of Community Response.
  7. Quality Education (SDG4): Training and Capacity Building; Programs; Methods and Service Learning.
  8. Other Related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. SDGs 9, 11, 12): Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities; Infrastructure, Information, and Human Security; Shelters; Community engagement, Capacity-building, and Behavior Change; Metrics and measurement; Entrepreneurship and Business Models; Technology Design, Adoption and Dissemination;  Human-Centered System Design; and Climate Change Mitigation.

Three types of submissions are possible for presentation at GHTC:

  • Full Papers are appropriate for mature work or completed projects and should not exceed eight pages;
  • Short Papers are appropriate for early stage projects or authors wishing to share a snapshot of results-in-progress, experiences and perspectives, and should be three to four pages in length including a short reference section.
  • Oral-Only (Poster) Presentations are appropriate for work-in-progress, projects in the pre-implementation stage as well as an option for practitioners, policy makers or community representatives who do not want to write a paper. Oral-Only submissions should be described in one page.

Short Papers and Oral-Only Presentations will be accepted for presentation either during a paper session or poster session at the discretion of the Program Committee.

 


Resources for Authors

Review Call for Papers

Submission Site: EDAS GHTC site (<https://edas.info/N25818>) will be open soon.

Submissions accepted in PDF only. See Submission Types & Instructions. Please read our Policies.

Submission Schedule – Critical dates and deadlines for the submission of content to be considered in the conference proceedings

Submission Types & Instructions – List of submission types and instructions for each

Guidelines for a technical paper – Guidelines for developing a full paper and presentation for a technical paper

Guidelines for a poster presentation – Guidelines for developing a poster presentation

Conference templates – Templates for completing a technical paper, slideshow presentation, and poster presentation

Copyright transfer – Required for publication in the conference proceedings (e-Copyright in EDAS)

Policies – Requirements prohibiting plagiarism, dual submission, and falsification

Following being updated for 2019

Reviews and Reviewers – Information on Review Criteria and how to access reviewer’s comments by going to the EDAS paper display page.

Visa Request – Information to request a letter of invitation (used to obtain a VISA, etc.)

Author FAQ

Presentation Tips

Slideshow presentation – Creating and delivering a successful slideshow presentation (e.g., Microsoft PowerPoint)
GHTC Slideshow Presentation Guideline (PDF)

Interactive (Poster) presentation – Creating and delivering a successful interactive poster presentation
GHTC Poster Presentation Guideline (PDF)