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GHTC 2018 Participatory Workshop/Panel Sessions

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

IEEE GHTC 2018 is introducing Participatory Workshop/Panel Sessions into this years program to showcase practitioner and field research related experiences as well as technology adoption or adaptation related issues. This year we are focusing on

  • Disaster Recovery
  • Energy
  • Health

We welcome submissions from the public, private, education and research and societal sectors. While the format of individual sessions may vary depending on the submissions accepted, submissions providing an opportunity for conference delegates to interact with or see live demonstration of technology or to better understand from practitioners as well as MDP Students unintended or unanticipated consequences of interventions (whether or not there was a positive outcome) will be prioritised.

Please submit your proposals highlighting (a) the nature of the proposed contribution and (b) how acceptance of this submission will strengthen the impact of IEEE GHTC 2019 by raising awareness of innovative technology or engineering solutions or sharing insight into important social, cultural, ethical or acceptance and local ownership related issues to be considered when doing field research or implementation projects.

Format:
90 minutes, parallel track
Participatory, hands on type problem solving, experience sharing oriented discussion
Focus on objectives, outcomes, lessons learnt, problems to avoid

See 2018.ieeeghtc.org for details on submissions.

 

GHTC 2018 Call for Participation

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Registration is now open – discounted early bird registration rates available through 14-September

Celebrating its 8th anniversary, IEEE GHTC 2018 is a world class conference focused on discussing sustainable development and humanitarian technology related policy, insight and experiences and showcasing activities aligned with of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).

GHTC 2018 features a vibrant program of plenary presentations, paper and poster presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and unconference sessions. Researchers and practitioners will exchange experiences related to Disaster Mitigation, Affordable & Clean Energy, Agriculture & Food Security, Clean Water & Sanitation, Community engagement and capacity-building, Connectivity & Communication, Healthcare, Applications for Poverty Alleviation, Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities, Education and Entrepreneurship.

For information on how to register click here.

For information on the venue and accommodation,  click here. Deadline for hotel reservations is 26-Sept.

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Tutorials Announced for GHTC 2017

Friday, July 21st, 2017

The GHTC 2017 Committee is pleased to announce the Tutorial Program:

  • “Internet-of-Things (IoT)-enabled Water Quality Testing and Analysis”
  • “High Quality, Low Cost Education with the Raspberry Pi”

Registration for the tutorials is found with GHTC registration at: http://2017.ieeeghtc.org/registration-0

Tutorial: “Internet-of-Things (IoT)-enabled Water Quality Testing and Analysis”

Abstract:

The U.N. estimates that by 2025, forty-eight nations, with combined populations of 2.8 billion, will face freshwater scarcity. Fifty percent of worldwide groundwater is unsuitable for drinking because of pollution and only about .007% of the water on earth is accessible for human use. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. Children in polluted environments often carry about 1,000 parasitic worms in their bodies at any time. The recent reports indicate that the diseases due to the consumption of contaminated water are increasing and causing more than 3.4 million deaths each year among human beings worldwide, also the increasing water pollution is becoming a big threat to water habitat. The proposed tutorial provides two parts of the program. The first part covers the basic principles of Internet of Things (IoT), design, infrastructure, connectivity and the core concepts of IoT such as sensing, processing and reporting the data to the cloud. The second part describes the implementation, prototype and few use cases. The attendees will learn various types of IoT hardware such as Intel and ARM mBed family, Sensor connectivity protocols including UART, GPIO and I2C. The instructor will also cover topics on Cloud platform and Analytics. In this workshop, the Cloud technologies explained are AWS IoT, IBM Bluemix, Microsoft Azure and GE Predix. At the end, the audience will have an opportunity to witness few demonstrations on analytics.

Tutorial: “High Quality, Low Cost Education with the Raspberry Pi”

Abstract:

The authors will use experience derived from authoring two tutorial style books on the use of the Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi single board computers (SBCs), in helping people learn programming in Python and implement practical projects to present a practical tutorial on using the Pi Zero, a low cost solution designed specifically for educational purposes. Low cost kits are provided, specifically for education, by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in conjunction with Google. These kits and modifications for optimal educational outcomes, and an enriched experience will be briefly discussed. The tutorial will consist of examples of projects and code samples that can be quickly adapted for various learning situations. A hardware list or BOM, populated and optimized for cost and effective learning will be provided. The Raspberry Pi family and Arduino Family can also be used for education, as alternates, or in combination with the Raspberry Pi Zero and the differences will be highlighted and discussed. Numerous, continuously evolving web resources as well as crowdfunded hardware implementations are available, and the method of adapting them into educational settings will be briefly discussed.

 

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 2016 Call for Papers

Monday, February 15th, 2016

GHTC 2016 BannerGHTC 2016 Releases Call for Papers

Join your peers in Seattle, WA on October 13-16, 2016

 

Call for Papers (Download CFP PDF here.)
Abstract or Proposal Due: April 18 MAY 16, 2016

Seattle – February 15, 2016 – Today the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) Committee announced the 2016 Call For Papers. The sixth annual GHTC will take place in Seattle, Washington, USA, October 13– 16th 2016.

Organized by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional society with over 400,000 members in over 160 countries, IEEE GHTC is where multiple disciplines interact to identify, create and advance technology to benefit humanity. It is the perfect venue for those interested in humanitarian projects to join their peers in Seattle. The conference will feature interactive sessions where attendees can share best practices and lessons learned that complement the workshops, panels, case studies, keynote speakers, posters, and technical presentations. Refer to the Call for Papers  or visit the GHTC website, www.ieeeghtc.org for details on abstract submission and timelines.

We encourage those from academia, for-profit and non-profit businesses, governmental and non-governmental organizations to submit proposals and papers; to gather together in Seattle; and to discuss how technology can benefit the resource-constrained and vulnerable populations in the world as well as improve disaster response. GHTC’s unique focus on humanitarian technology provides visibility and recognition for humanitarian work and projects. Its interactive nature provides a fertile environment for identifying resources, ideas, collaborators, and potential partners or investors.

Authors may submit the initial abstract for a paper or poster presentation; or a proposal for a case study, panel discussion, and workshop. We especially encourage the inclusion of case studies and topics that are appropriate for interactive sessions. Submission of a full paper is required after initial abstract acceptance. All submissions require an abstract for initial review and acceptance submitted online, and following the author guidelines at www.ieeeghtc.org/author-central.

Submission Schedule:

April 18
May 16
Abstract or proposal submission deadline
June 30
Draft paper submission for review
August 15 Final copy-ready paper submission deadline

 

The IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference is sponsored by IEEE Region 6, IEEE Oregon Section, IEEE Seattle Section, IEEE-USA and IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology; with the following IEEE Technical Society sponsors:  Consumer Electronics (CES), Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS), Power & Energy (PES), and Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTTS).

Revised 18-April-16

Open Data Kit (ODK) Workshop at GHTC 2015

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Open Data Kit (ODK) Workshop

Date: Thursday, October 8
Time: 1:30 – 5:00pm
Location: DoubleTree Hotel, Cascade 7-8 – Mezzanine Level

ODK-logoOpen Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. ODK provides an out-of-the-box solution leveraged by tens of thousands of users in hundreds of organizations on six continents. ODK helps organizations use mobile devices to address problems in low resource environments in the domains of public health, environment monitoring, agriculture, and human rights monitoring, among others. This workshop is an opportunity to learn about ODK from ODK’s core development team. The workshop will include: an overview of ODK, a preview of ODK’s upcoming 2.0 tool set, a hands-on tutorial, and Q&A sessions with ODK’s core development team.  Workshop participants will have a chance to help decide the topics that will be covered during the workshop.

Facilitators:  Waylon Brunette, Mitch Sundt,  Jeff Beorse,  Clarice Larson

 

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.

UNESCO WSC logo

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 2014 Papers & Videos Published

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

GHTC 2014 papers have been published in IEEE Xplore.

2014 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), now in the IEEE Xplore database, at:
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/servlet/opac?punumber=6958780

2014 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference – South Asia Satellite (GHTC-SAS),
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/servlet/opac?punumber=6943285

GHTC 2014 recorded presentations from the plenary and evening sessions are now available, see
www.ieeeghtc.org/archives/ghtc-2014/videos-2014/

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/