Now in its 8th year, the IEEE GHTC is an international flagship conference on the application of technology to meet the needs of underserved populations around the world and in support of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).

To this end, a major focus is on cross-discipline/multi-discipline activities in the Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Technology space. An important focus is on community building. Humanitarian Technology/Engineering involves the application of technology to improve the quality of life of the underserved populations, and to meet the challenges of both natural and man-made disasters.

GHTC strongly encourages submissions that utilize both applications of current technologies used in new ways and innovative technologies that address its goals. These submissions can include presentations, posters, workshops, panel discussions, and other formats which address the socio-cultural and socio-economical needs of vulnerable end user communities in both developed and developing countries. Submissions by public, private and end-user community representatives are very welcome.

Want to attend GHTC 2018? Registration is opening soon! GHTC registration includes access to all technical sessions, invited speakers, lunches, breaks, the program and the GHTC 2018 Proceedings. 


Organizing Committee

General Chair

Ed Perkins

Technical Program Chair

Silvia Figueira

Posters Chair

Suryadip Chakraborty

Treasurer/Finance Chair

Ed Aoki

Program Chair

Paul Cunningham

Program Strategy

John Prohodsky

Plenary/Keynote/Panels Chair

Paul Cunningham

Registration Chair

Scott Tamashiro

Publication Chair

Mei-Chien Lu


Suryadip Chakraborty

Local Publicity Chair

Mostafa Mortezaie

Promotion/Social Media

Eric Quon-Lee 
John Prohodsky

Young Professionals Program

Wenbo Yin

Website Chair

Ed Perkins

Sponsorship Chair

Joseph Wei


Joe Decuir
Mei-Chien Lu
Paul Kostek

Volunteer Co-Chairs

Mostafa Mortezaie
Rose-Margaret Itua

Local Arrangement Chair

Eric Godo

AV Committee Member

Ed Aoki

Conference Manager

Brianna Orr


Anish Paul Antony
Rich Fletcher

Tom Coughlin

Tim Lee

Paul Cunningham

Daniel Lottis

GHTC 2018 Advisory Committee

Advisor, R6 Conferences Chair - Michael Andrews
Advisor, R6 - Tom Coughlin
Advisor, R6 Director 2017-18 - Kathleen Kramer
Advisor, R6 Director-elect - Keith Moore
Advisor - Daniel Lottis
Advisor - Ed Aoki
Advisor - Ed Perkins
Advisor - Lewis Terman


Affordable & Clean Energy: Alexander Anderson & Adil Usman

Agriculture & Food Security: Joan Kerr

Clean Water & Sanitation: Bob Wubbena

Community Engagement, Capacity-Building, and Behavior Change: Satish Babu

Connectivity & Communication: Adil Usman

Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response & Recovery: Esther Obonyo

Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities: Michael Lightner

Technology Enhanced Quality Education Delivery: Bai Blyden

Technology Enhanced Healthcare: Charmayne Hughes

Technology and Applications for Poverty Alleviation: Roger Johnson

Social Science & Entrepreneurship: Anish Antony

Other United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: TBD


Call for paper

Important date

Abstract submission deadline
Draft paper submission deadline
Draft paper acceptance notification

Key focus areas for GHTC 2018 include (but are not limited to)

• Affordable & Clean Energy

• Agriculture & Food Security •

Clean Water & Sanitation

• Community engagement, Capacitybuilding, and Behavior Change

• Connectivity & Communication

• Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

• Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities

• Technology Enhanced Quality Education Delivery

• Technology Enhanced Healthcare

• Technology and Applications for Poverty Alleviation

• Other United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

• Technology Showcase (exhibit display)


Papers must be submitted via the EDAS Paper Processing System

Authors may submit content in the form of a technical paper, a special session, or a poster presentation.

  • Technical paper | 500 word abstract, 8 page paper, and 20 minute talk: Technical papers communicate the thought process behind a development project from concept to construction. The papers discuss the motivation, background, methodology, outcomes, and conclusions of work completed. Guidelines for delivering a technical paper can be found here.

  • Special session | 200 word abstract, optional paper (8 -10 pages max), and 30-90 minute talk: Interactive sessions, tutorials, panels, workshops, and demonstrations are examples of special sessions. One or more presenters can organize and give a special session. Special sessions should have some form of audience interaction (e.g., Q&A with panelists, hands-on workshop, break-out into groups, best practices and lessons learned discussions facilitated by session leaders). Guidelines for delivering a special session can be found here.

  • Poster Presentation | 2 page paper: This year we are integrating all accepted submissions into sessions in relevant tracks.

If your submission was accepted for a Poster presentation, your submission will be published in the conference proceedings, and as a "Teaser Abstract" in IEEE Xplore. 

Please prepare a slide deck using the GHTC 2018 template suitable for delivery in maximum 10 minutes (8 minutes presentation, 2 minutes Q&A). Your slide deck should have a maximum of 10 slides and include your paper reference and family name in the file name.

Please ensure that in addition to addressing Context and Socio-Cultural and Technology Adaptation and Adoption related issues, your presentation highlights Objectives, Methodology, Summary Results, Lessons Learnt and Conclusions/Recommendations/Next Steps.

Please submit your PowerPoint at least two weeks in advance of the conference so sessions chairs have time to review, provide any necessary feedback and prepare for the session in which your presentation will be delivered.

A submission should emphasize at least one of the conference topics found through this link. Authors will be asked to indicate the main theme of their submission. GHTC welcomes papers and posters on humanitarian technologies and their deployment. Papers should include a discussion of factors such as economics, policy, culture, and environment that impact successful humanitarian technology implementation. Proposals for case studies, panel discussions, and workshops on humanitarian technologies are welcome.

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  • Conference Date

    Oct 18



    Oct 21


  • Apr 07 2014

    Abstract Submission Deadline

  • Jun 02 2018

    Draft paper submission deadline

  • Aug 30 2018

    Draft Paper Acceptance Notification

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