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IEEE Empower Contest 2018

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

IEEE Empower a Billion Lives

Access to electricity is critical to health care delivery. Without electricity, many health care interventions simply cannot be provided. Only 26% of health facilities in the Sub-Saharan Africa has access to reliable electricity. Water is the most essential element of life; it is required for basic sustenance, health and irrigation. Nearly one billion people do not have access to clean, safe water. Education is one of the most essential components for poverty reduction. According to UNDESA, about 90% of children in Sub-Saharan Africa attend primary schools that lack electricity, while 27% of village schools in India lack electricity access. For more than a billion people worldwide, kerosene lamps are the primary lighting source, which is expensive, unsafe and carcinogenic. Electricity is a key component of economic empowerment and can increase household per capita income by 39 percent.

The IEEE Foundation supported IEEE Empower a Billion Lives (EBL) Competition is a global competition aimed at fostering innovation to develop solutions to electricity access. Solutions are expected to be scalable, regionally relevant, holistic and leverage 21st century technologies with exponentially declining prices. IEEE EBL addresses many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The competition is open to all including student groups, small and medium-sized companies, research labs, international corporations and non-profits. There are more than 75 IEEE volunteers on Global and Regional Committees to facilitate the competition in Pacific Asia, South Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Visit the EBL website to learn more. Online proposal submission is open through 31 August 2018.

 

GHTC 2016 Registration open and preliminary program and keynote speakers

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

SEATTLE (Washington) (29 August 2016) – The 6th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) has announced its preliminary program and keynote speakers.

IEEE’s Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) brings together individuals and organizations who want to make a difference by applying technology based solutions to natural disasters and needs of the socioeconomically disadvantaged in developing countries. IEEE GHTC is the place to be whether you have experience to share, are looking for opportunities to contribute and collaborate, or simply want to better understand global development and humanitarian work. Celebrating its 6th anniversary, this year’s conference is dedicated to “Advancing Technology for Humanity”, focusing on key areas including energy, health, disaster management, connectivity, agriculture, and education.

Join us in Seattle, WA, USA October 13-16, 2016 as we discuss how technology can:

  • Enable healthcare delivery and provide power and communications in developing countries
  • Provide clean water, provide sanitation and improve crop yields
  • Improve the timeliness and effectiveness of disaster response
  • Assist with training and build capacity needed to improve the standard of living

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GHTC 2015 Proceedings Published – Open Access

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The GHTC 2015 Committee is pleased to announce that the GHTC 2015 Conference Proceedings are now available as Open Access from IEEE Xplore.

The portal page for GHTC Conference Proceedings is http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome.jsp?punumber=1800598

The GHTC 2015 Proceedings can be accessed at http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=7331577

All GHTC 2015 papers are accessible as Open Access (e.g. no fee/subscription required).

 

IEEE SSIT ICTD 2015

Monday, October 12th, 2015

The annual flagship event of IEEE SSIT – the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS 2015) takes place this year in Dublin, Ireland 11 – 12 November.

ICT for Development (ICT4D) and Humanitarian Technologies is a strong focal area for the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology.

The IEEE SSIT SIGHT was recently established to focus on cross-border, multi-stakeholder and end-user community driven ICT4D and Humanitarian Technology interventions in IST-Africa Partner Countries, leveraging mobile technologies in the areas of ICT for Healthcare, Education, Agriculture and Public Service Delivery.

For more information, see http://www.istas2015.org/

 

Announcing Gaetano Borriello Symposium

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

The Gaetano Borriello ‘Feet on the Ground’ Humanitarian Symposium

BorrielloPlease join us for the Gaetano Borriello Feet on the Ground Humanitarian Symposium on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 1:30 to 6:00 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport. The symposium, which will feature talks by researchers and humanitarian leaders who are applying technology solutions to real-world problems, will be held during the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC15), October 8-11 in Seattle.

Our friend and colleague, Professor Gaetano Borriello, passed away earlier this year. He was a Fellow of the IEEE and a recognized leader in the fields of Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing who devoted a significant portion of his career to developing computing technologies aimed at improving conditions in low-resource settings. He led the development of a suite of open-source mobile data collection tools, known as the Open Data Kit (ODK), that are used by humanitarian programs worldwide to advance public health, human rights, political participation and environmental stewardship.

Dr. Borriello demonstrated how research can impact the lives of people around the globe.ODK-logo The symposium will honor his contributions by bringing together experts in developing and applying technologies to address humanitarian challenges.

Jim Jefferies, President of the IEEE USA, will join the symposium to deliver a special announcement, which will be followed by a series of keynote presentations and technical talks by experts in developing and applying technologies to address humanitarian challenges.

Featured speakers include:

  • John Bennett, Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation Initiatives, University of Colorado, Denver and past president, Engineers Without Borders
  • Eric Brewer, Professor, Computer Science Division, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kiersten Israel-Ballard, Technical Officer, Maternal and Child Health/Nutrition, PATH
  • David Thau, Manager of Developer Relations, Google Earth Engine & Google Earth Outreach
  • Heather Underwood, Associate Director, Inworks and Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Lorenzo Violante Ruiz, Learning & Innovation Coordinator, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Roy Want, Research Scientist, Google

In addition, a panel of researchers who worked with Dr. Borriello on the Open Data Kit will offer their perspectives on its role in aiding development and humanitarian work around the globe, featuring Waylon Brunette, Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington; Nicola Dell, Assistant Professor, Computing & Information Sciences, Cornell University; Carl Hartung, Co-founder & CTO, Nafundi; and Sam Sudar, Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington.

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UWCSE_smallProfessor Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, will open proceedings with a tribute to Dr. Borriello’s life and work. The symposium is co-chaired by Professor Richard Anderson, Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, and Dr. Sheree Wen, U.S. national commissioner to UNESCO, chair of IEEE Seattle and vice chair of GHTC15.

unesco logoIn addition to honoring the life and contributions of Dr. Borriello, we will also celebrate the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, the United Nations Education Science and Culture Organization. Since 1945, UNESCO has united people in 197 countries, endeavoring through education, science and culture to improve lives through peaceful collaborations.

Attendance at the Gaetano Borriello Feet on the Ground Humanitarian Symposium is open to members of the public in addition to GHTC15 conference registrants. Because space is limited, individuals who plan to attend the symposium are encouraged to RSVP in advance at http://tinyurl.com/BorrielloSymposium. There will be no onsite registration. See Symposium webpage at http://www.cs.washington.edu/gbs/.

Organized by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional society with over 400,000 members in over 160 countries, the cross-disciplinary Global Humanitarian Technology Conference focuses on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. More than 300 people from 30 countries are expected at GHTC15. Learn more and register to attend the entire GHTC15 conference at http://www.ieeeghtc.org.

Updated 25-Sep-2015

GHTC 2015 Call for Participation

Monday, August 10th, 2015

GHTC-Logo-232x224.jpgCALL FOR PARTICIPATION

IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)

October 8-11, 2015     Seattle, Washington USA
www.ieeeghtc.org
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: www.ieeeghtc.org/registration/
Regular Registration ends October 7
On-Site Registration & One Day Passes Available
For more information, contact ieeeghtc@ieee.org

Download PDF of the Call for Participation flyer.

GHTC 2015 Registration is now open

Wednesday, 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

 

GHTC 2014 Registration

Thursday, 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.)
Register at: http://www.ieeeghtc.org/registration/

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 http://www.ieeeghtc.org/files/2012/01/Program-Table.pdf.
This year’s conference program can be found at http://www.ieeeghtc.org/event/.

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 http://www.ieeeghtc.org/practical-info/

News and Updates: http://www.ieeeghtc.org/home/blog/

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

Register at: http://www.ieeeghtc.org/registration/

IEEE Community Solutions Initiative (CSI) at GHTC 2014

Sunday, 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.

Logistics:

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, amlarsen@slac.stanford.edu. 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: http://www.communitysolutionsinitiative.org/

 

 

Global Humanitarian Engineering Awards for 2014

Sunday, 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: www.humanitarianengineering.org 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
http://www.humanitarianengineering.org