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Call for Participation IEEE GHTC 2016 🗺

Monday, September 5th, 2016

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

Advanced discounted registration ends September 16:


Call for Participation – SusTech 2016 🗺

Monday, September 5th, 2016

IEEE Technologies for Sustainability conference, October 9-11 – Registration Open

The Fourth Annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability’s (SusTech 2016) conference will be held October 9th thru October 11th, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, at the Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 North 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008. Registration is now open.  Early registration and hotel deadlines are 14-Sep. To register visit the SusTech registration webpage.


IEEE GHTC Extends Call for Papers

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

The IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) has announced an extension for accepting abstracts to 16 May 2016.

GHTC will be held in Seattle WA, October 13 – 16, 2016. Refer to the Call for Papers here for details. Abstracts should be 200 words max and additional information for authors is at We especially encourage the inclusion of case studies on topics that are appropriate for humanitarian technology.

At GHTC multiple disciplines interact to identify, create and advance technology that benefits the resource-constrained and vulnerable populations of the world and help with improving disaster response. The conference’s focus is research, applied technology, and case studies pertaining to humanitarian technology and its application in the following areas:

  • Energy,
  • Healthcare,
  • Disaster management,
  • Connectivity & communication,
  • Humanitarian challenges & opportunities,
  • Water & sanitation,
  • Agriculture,
  • Education, and
  • Deployment

Authors must submit an initial abstract for consideration to present in an oral session or interactive poster session; or a proposal for a case study, panel discussion, and workshop. We especially encourage the inclusion of case studies on topics that are appropriate for humanitarian technology. Submission of a full paper is mandatory for technical paper oral presentations and optional for posters and special workshops after initial abstract acceptance. All abstracts should be submitted online following the author guidelines at

Submission Schedule:

May 16 Abstract or proposal submission deadline
June 30 Full paper submission deadline
August 15 Final paper submission deadline

GHTC is produced by Region 6 and is co-sponsored by Region 6, and the Seattle and Oregon Sections. Techncial sponsors include IEEE-USA, and the IEEE PES, EMBS and CES societies.


IEEE Silicon Valley Tech Industry Summit Offer

Thursday, April 21st, 2016


Join us for an engaging dialogue around the challenges of the Industrial Internet of Things at the 2016 IEEE Tech Industry Summit in Santa Clara, June 6-7. As a member of Region 6, we are offering you a special registration rate of $25.00.

Register now through May 5 using the discount code 25offSummit.

At the IEEE Tech Industry Summit, IEEE will convene industry and research communities to foster new ideas and bring a whole system approach to the thinking around IoT.

Keynote speakers include Ken Caviasca, VP of Internet of Things Group at Intel, Michael Leabman, Chief Technology Officer at Energous, and Max Senges, lead of Google’s Internet of Things Research and Open Innovation Expedition.

Associated with the Summit are multiple IEEE and IoT events. Each event’s open sessions can be attended by any registrant (Summit or attached event). Each attached event will have some special activities, social events, or publications that require registration to that event, or an extra charge – but once registered for a primary event, the attendee can go to all open ones throughout the week. See


Event Details

Dates: 2016 IEEE Tech Industry Summit – June 6-7, 2016

Location: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California USA

The Summit has an exciting program focused on the different IoT challenge areas that are of concern to industry.

Day 1 (6 June 2016): Powering the elements of IoT

Day 2 (7 June 2016): Computing and communicating in IoT

Detailed agenda and speakers: see

Register now:

Use discount code 25offSummit to register for $25.00 through April 29.

Note:  This offer is only available until May 5th.  Register as soon as possible.

Nominations Open for 2016 IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

IEEE SIGHT logoIn recent years, IEEE has placed great emphasis on Humanitarian Technology Activities, instituting the Humanitarian Ad Hoc Committee (HAHC) in 2011 (now called the Humanitarian Activities Committee). As part of a strategic effort toward member engagement, HAHC instituted a program called Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT).

SIGHT is growing and we have some new and exciting opportunities for you to get involved. Interested in joining the SIGHT Steering Committee? Read more below about our positions and how to apply!

The SIGHT Steering Committee is a Subcommittee of the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee which supports the Board vision of IEEE volunteers around the world carrying out and/or supporting impactful humanitarian activities at the local level. The SIGHT Steering Committee will be made up of eleven Subcommittee Chairs:

  • Assessment
  • Projects
  • Communications
  • Marketing & Branding
  • Education
  • Events
  • Partnerships
  • Communities of Practice
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Volunteer Management & Engagement
  • Operations

Read more about key responsibilities and qualifications here.

Who Can Apply?

Any IEEE member can apply to be a part of the 2016 SIGHT Steering Committee. Each position has different requirements, but generally applicants should be able to work well on a team, have experience in humanitarian activities, and be familiar with the IEEE SIGHT Program.

Access the nomination form here.
DEADLINE: 30 November 2015