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IEEE GHTC 2022 Program and Registration

The 12th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2022) will take place in person at Santa Clara University (California) from September 8 to 11, 2022.

Registration is open – Early rates end August 12. See the GHTC 2022 Registration page for details on fees and options.

See the GHTC 2022 Program pages for details.

GHTC is a flagship international conference supporting achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), 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.

GHTC focuses of these sustainable goals:

  • Good Health and Well Being (SDG3)
  • Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG7)
  • Communication/Connectivity in Support of Development
  • Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
  • Technologies that promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (SDG5)
  • Quality Education (SDG4)
  • Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG6)
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG8)
  • Agriculture and Food Security (SDG2)
  • Technology Impacts on Societal Evolution

Why Attend?

  • Participate in an extensive, vibrant, and innovative technical program
  • Learn from world-class knowledgeable practitioners working in the field
  • Exchange information, share experiences and network with attendees actively involved in the fields
  • Gain visibility and recognition for your humanitarian work, projects and ideas
  • Find new resources and potential partners or investors

GHTC 2022 features:


GHTC 2022 will feature three interactive workshops on Thursday September 8th, 2022, from 12:30 – 3:30 PM

The workshops are included with full conference registration.

  • Machine Learning for Social Good; Rakshit Agrawal, Vice President of Research & Development, Camio Inc. and Charles Delahunt, Senior Research Scientist, GH Labs
  • Building Wireless Sensing Systems (using Infineon Wireless IoT Devices); Patrick Kane, Infineon, San Jose, USA
  • Panel: Synergies Between GHTC and CNSV; Joel Kent, IEEE-CNSV Board Member, IEEE Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley (IEEE-CNSV)

Student Poster Competition

GHTC 2022 includes an Undergraduate Student Poster Competition on Thursday September 8th, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM with in-person as well as online options for participation.

Deadline for submitting an abstract for the GHTC undergraduate student poster competition is August 20, 2022.

Cash prizes are as follows:

Judges Award: $750
Technical Award: $500
People’s Choice Award: $250

Please see this link for details on the GHTC Undergraduate Student Poster Competition: https://ieeeghtc.org/author-central/student-poster-competition/

Plenary and Keynote Speakers

  • Keynote: Connecting the Unconnected; Kurtis Heimerl, Assistant professor from The University of Washington
  • Keynote: Technology’s True Promise Lies in the Good we can Do; Janice Zdankus, Vice President of Quality from Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Plenary: Advancing Frontiers of Sustainable Innovations through a Global Network of Technologists; Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan, Global Chair from IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee
  • Plenary: One Week Wonder – Emergency PPE Delivery via A Global Humanitarian Collaboration of Makers; Kelly Yamanishi and Eric Hess from Maker Nexus, a non-profit Makerspace
  • Introducing the West Coast IEEE MOVE Truck; Tim Lee, IEEE Region 6 Director
  • Keynote: To Care, and How We Get There; Neha Kumar, Associate Professor from Georgia Tech, USA
  • Keynote: IT for Sustainability; Dejan Milojicic, Distinguished Technologist from Hewlett Packard Labs, USA
  • Plenary: Revolutionizing the Retail Informal Sector in Africa: Use Case of the Smart Kibanda Project; Kithinji Muriungi; Chris Murimi from Moi University in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Plenary: Introduction to EPICS in IEEE; Stephanie Gillespie, EPICS in IEEE Committee Chair, and Associate Dean from Tagliatela College of Engineering of University of New Haven
  • Keynote: Minimizing the Ecological Footprint using Machine Learning; Vishnu S. Pendyala from San Jose State University
  • Keynote: Does Gender Impact Startup Funding Success? A Data-Driven Perspective; Maya Ackerman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering from Santa Clara University
  • Keynote: How the Internet Improves Humanity; Eric Goldman, Professor of Law from Santa Clara University
  • Plenary & Closing: Clean energy solutions replacing portable fossil fuel generators: Technology and lessons from Ukraine and Hurricane Ida; Paul Shmotolokha from New Use Energy


  • Special Session: Diversity in the Workplace: Retaining Early Career Women and Minority Engineers; September 8th, 2022, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Moderator: Kim Parnell (Ph.D., P.E., Parnell Engineering & Consulting (PEC) & IEEE-CNSV Board Member)
Facilitators for this session include: Erin Shelby, Shelby HR Solutions, and Claire Wemp, Ph.D., Thermal Applications Engineer, DuPont

  • Panel Discussion: Quality Education Online and the Way Forward; September 9th, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Moderator: Patrick Kane – Director of University Alliance Program, Infineon (formerly Cypress); Panelists: David Parent (Professor of Electrical Engineering, SJSU), C. Wang (Director, DigiKey Academic Program)

  • Special Session: Communications, Computing, and Power during Disaster Response; September 9th, 2022 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Moderator: David Snyder (PE, CISSP, CCSP, 42TEK LLC & IEEE-CNSV Board Member)

  • Panel Discussion: Advancing DEI in Journalism with Tech: Opportunities and Guardrails; September 10th, 2022 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Moderator: Subbu Vincent, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, SCU

  • Panel Discussion: Web3 and Human Rights; September 11th, 2022 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Moderator: Michael Kleinman, Director, Silicon Valley Initiative, Amnesty, AIUSA

  • Panel Discussion: IEEE HAC Capacity Building; September 11th, 2022 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

Moderator: Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan, Global Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee

Special Feature: IEEE MOVE Truck Demonstration

GHTC 2022 will feature the West Coast IEEE MOVE Truck on display Sept 9th, 3:30-5:00 pm.

MOVE Community Outreach, an IEEE-USA Initiative, is an emergency relief program committed to assisting victims of natural disasters with short-term communications, computer, and power solutions. These temporary emergency relief provisions help those affected stay connected and make sure they can access the help they need. Services include phone charging, internet & communications support, and lighting to disaster victims.



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