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IEEE GHTC 2012 Registration Open

IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC 2012) advance registration is now open.

This 2nd annual premier conference provides the perfect venue for anyone involved in humanitarian projects to join their peers in Seattle. The audience for this conference includes technologists, representatives from NGOs, governments, academe, funders and industry. Come share your work, meet others involved in humanitarian technology, create new projects and meet with funders. Our sessions will address a wide range of topics and we hope you’ll join us in Seattle. GHTC is sponsored by the IEEE Seattle Section and Region 6, with support from ASME, E4C, ICEO, IEEE SIGHT and IEEE-USA.

Dates: October 21-24, 2012 at the Renaissance Hotel, Seattle
See Website for details: http://www.ieeeghtc.org/
Deadline for advance registration September 7, 2012
Register at: http://www.regonline.com/GHTC-2012

Preliminary Conference Program:

Keynote Speakers:

  • Robert A. Freling, Executive Director of the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF)
  • Gretchen Kalonji, Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO
  • Gertjan Van Stam, CEO of LinkNet Zambia
  • Krista Bauer, Director of Global Program for GE Company
  • Gordon Day, IEEE President and CEO
  • Peter Staecker, IEEE President-Elect
  • Jim Fruchterman, CEO of Benetech
  • Byron Reese, Chief Innovation Officer for Demand Media


  1. Building affordable wireless networks for research, education and humanitarian use.
  2. Village energy systems: understanding the problem and comparing rural energy options.
  3. Innovation process for the Base of the Pyramid.
  4. (ICT) Business models for the Base of the Pyramid.

Keynotes Schedule:
Sunday – October 21st – evening welcome reception
IEEE Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) function with Byron Reese, Chief Innovation Officer for Demand Media speaking.

Monday – October 22nd
Welcome keynotes by IEEE President Gordon Day and Gretchan Kolanji of UNESCO.
Dinner keynote by Bob Freling – Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF)

Tuesday – October 23rd
Gertjam Van Stam (IEEE’s Ad Hoc Committee for Humanitarian Activities, and University of Zambia’s Education Projects for Africa team) followed by panel led by IEEE Ad Hoc committee on humanitarian activities

Wednesday – October 24th
Morning keynote Krista Bauer – GE Foundation, with a panel on health care to follow
Closing keynotes by Jim Fructerman – CEO Benetech and Peter Staecker IEEE President-elect

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