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The GHTC Advisory Board is calling for applications for leadership positions for its Premier Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) 2017. These key positions will be responsible for shaping and guiding the success of the 2017 conference which will be held in October 2017 in Silicon Valley.
This is an amazing and rewarding opportunity to work with a global group of humanitarians to help the undeserved populations of the world.
Familiarity with GHTC or other humanitarian conferences is a plus but not required. Please see the following descriptions for the qualifications and skills required for each leadership role.
Conference Chair Position Description – Must be Region 6 IEEE Member
Conference Vice Chair Position Description
Program Chair Position Description
Treasurer Position Description – Must be Region 6 IEEE Member
Application submission should be made here:
NOTE: If you are not interested in one of the leadership roles, but have applicable experience and are interested in one of the other organizing committee roles, you can specify this information on the submission web site.
For more information on the GHTC conference its mission and objectives please go to the conference website www.ieeeghtc.org. You can also email the GHTC Advisory Board for questions or more information at GHTC-Advisors@ieee.org.
The deadline for the GHTC 2016 Call for Papers Abstracts and Proposals has been extended from April 18 to May 16.
Note: Abstracts submitted by the April 18 deadline are being reviewed and notification of acceptances will be sent by May 2 or as soon as the individual abstract reviews are completed. Abstracts submitted after April 18 are intended to be reviewed as they come in, with notification made once review is s complete.
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.
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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).
The annual IEEE Region 6 Humanitarian Engineering Project Award recognizes outstanding humanitarian engineering projects completed within the past 12 months from the deadline of submission.
Entries may be submitted by individual IEEE members or collaborative groups with at least one IEEE member in the team from Region 6. IEEE student branches are especially encouraged to submit award application for their completed projects. Submission deadline for 2016 is July 1, 2016.
The award will be given at GHTC 2016, and the award winner will be invited to participate in one of the conference panel discussions/presentations. The award winner will receive a $500 honorarium, given at GHTC, and some financial assistance to attend GHTC 2016.
For submission format and requirements and judging criteria, see http://sites.ieee.org/ghtc/contests-central/annual-humanitarian-engineering-project-award/.
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).
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/
Open Data Kit (ODK) Workshop
Date: Thursday, October 8
Time: 1:30 – 5:00pm
Location: DoubleTree Hotel, Cascade 7-8 – Mezzanine Level
Open 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
The DoubleTree has extended the reservation cut off date for one more week (to September 28) so you can still call in or register on-line for the discounted group rate of $119. As of this posting, rooms are sold out for Wednesday, Oct 7th pre-arrival and close to selling out for Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th. Rooms are still available for Thursday and Friday, October 8th and 9th.
Telephone reservations: +1 800-222-8733. Reference (IEEE GHTC) when making reservations.
Online Reservations: https://aws.passkey.com/g/50354567
Call for Volunteers for Leadership Positions for next year’s GHTC Conference
IEEE Region 6 is calling for leadership positions for its Premier Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) 2016.
These key positions will be responsible for shaping and guiding the success of the 2016 conference.
Familiarity with GHTC or other humanitarian conferences is a plus but not required. Previous experience on a conference organizing committee of any topic will be extremely useful. Please see the following descriptions for the qualifications and skills required for each role.
- Vice Chair
- Program Chair
Application submission should be made using the online form here.
The deadline is 9 October 2015. Acceptance notification is 16 October 2015.
This is an amazing and rewarding opportunity to work with a global group of humanitarians to help the under-served populations of the world. If you are not interested in one of these leadership roles, but have applicable experience and are interested in one of the other organizing committee roles, you can specify this information in the submission form.
For more information on the GHTC conference its mission and objectives please go to this year’s conference website http://www.ieeeghtc.org
You can also conatct the advisory board for questions or more information using this contact form:
The Gaetano Borriello ‘Feet on the Ground’ Humanitarian Symposium
Please 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. 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.
Professor 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.
In 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.