IEEE GHTC focuses on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. This cross-disciplinary annual conference provides the perfect venue for those interested in humanitarian projects to join their peers in San Jose CA (USA) in October 2018.

GHTC is an international flagship conference, focused on bringing together people working on the application of technology to addressing critical issues for the benefit of the resource-constrained and vulnerable  populations in the world.  It is a forum where IEEE works with developers and NGOs to identify the most pressing needs. We encourage participants from academia, for-profit and non-profit businesses, governmental and non-governmental organizations to attend and present research, ideas, and other considerations for the creation of effective humanitarian technology. We also invite participants to share case studies and lessons learned from deployment and application of humanitarian technologies.

Conference Mission:

  • Foster exchange of information, networking, and cooperation in the humanitarian and emergency management fields.
  • Focus attention on businesses who are enabling technologies in support of humanitarian principles and ways of operating.
  • Impact in positive and meaningful ways lives of disadvantaged billions of people around the world.
  • Explore science, engineering and technology solutions for vulnerable communities and attract young people to these professional fields.
  • Highlight technologies that promote successful practice, and attract humanitarian and emergency management practitioners in order to learn from their successes and better guide future research.

Call for paper

Important Dates

Draft paper submission deadline:2019-03-31

Draft paper acceptance notification:2019-05-19

Final paper submission deadline:2019-07-31

Call for paper description

The 9th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2019) is an international flagship conference 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 nonprofit), 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.

Author guidelines

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. 
A selection of accepted papers will be invited to submit a revised and extended version to an IEEE journal. 

Topics of submission

  • Agriculture & Food Security (SDG2) 
  • Good Health and Well Being (SDG3) 
  • Quality Education (SDG4) 
  • Clean Water & Sanitation (SDG6) 
  • Affordable & Clean Energy (SDG7) 
  • Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response & Recovery 
  • Communication/Connectivity in Support of Development 

As well as describing technological aspects, submissions 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.


1.Conference Chair 

  • Paul M Cunningham, IST-Africa Institute 

2.Vice Chair 

  • Ed Perkins 

3.Program Chair 

  • Silvia Figueira, Santa Clara U 

4.Technical Program Chair 

  • Henry Louie, Seattle U 


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Important dates

  • Conference Dates

    18 Oct.



    20 Oct.


  • 31 Mar.


    Draft paper submission deadline

  • 19 May.


    Draft paper acceptance notification

  • 31 Jul.


    Final paper deadline

Contact information

  • Ed Perkins

Sponsored By

  • IEEE Social Implications of Technology Society
    Region 06 - Western USA
    Seattle Section

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