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GHTC 2024 Call for Papers

14th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2024) Call for Papers

Villanova University (Pennsylvania, USA), October 23-26, 2024

Submission Deadline: May 19, 2024
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The 14th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2024) is a flagship international conference sharing practical, technology-enabled solutions that address the needs of underserved communities in resource-constrained environments around the world. Submissions should discuss work done to alleviate poverty, provide education and connectivity, and create equitable access to water, energy, and secure food sources with minimal impact on the planet and environment.

GHTC 2024 will be hosted at Villanova University (Pennsylvania, USA) on October 23-26, 2024.

NOTE: While GHTC 2024 will be primarily in-person, there will be a ‘Virtual track’ for remote presentations.

Stakeholders from public and private organizations, education and research institutes, societal and government organizations, and the funding and donor sectors are invited to submit Full Papers (project results) and Project Talks (fieldwork in progress) that share insight, experience, best practice and lessons learned from a research, policy, practitioner and/or community perspective.  Papers should present analysis of research results or a case study. General project descriptions or project proposals are not appropriate. Submissions will be assessed for quality, work done, relevance, consideration of ethical issues, methodological vigor and potential for actual impact.

Submissions by community representatives, practitioners (governmental, for-profit and nonprofit), academics, private sector organizations and policy makers describing intervention design and implementation, field experiences and best practices, case studies, project monitoring and evaluation results, and original research are sought. Of particular interest are works that highlight community engagement and collaboration as well as long-term engagement. Paper submissions should include results that have not previously been published and have not been submitted to another conference or journal.

The conference is structured to provide ample opportunity and environments for extensive interaction between attendees. A congruence between the presentation of mature research and reportage of ongoing projects provides an environment in which seasoned practitioners and students new to the field can ask questions and share lessons learned.

IEEE GHTC 2024 Thematic areas are centered around the UN Sustainable Development Goals and include (but are not limited to):

  • Good Health and Well Being (ref: SDG3)
  • Affordable & Clean Energy (ref: 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 (ref: SDG5)
  • Quality Education (ref: SDG4)
  • Clean Water and Sanitation (ref: SDG6)
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (ref: SDG8)
  • Agriculture and Food Security (ref: SDG2)
  • Technology Impacts on Societal Evolution
  • Other Related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (ref: SDGs 9, 11, 12, 14)

In addition to describing technological aspects, ethical and sustainability challenges, submissions are encouraged to consider socio-cultural, socio-economic, environmental and policy perspectives, and explain how holistic, development-related good practices such as skills, capacity building, community ownership, co-design, collaborative open innovation, and Theory of Change are applied.

Two types of submissions are invited for presentation at GHTC: 

  • Full Papers: for Publication and Presentation: mature results, tested innovations, or completed projects with a minimum of 4 and should not exceed eight pages.
  • Oral-Only Project Talks: discussion of fieldwork in progress (with insufficient results for a full paper) that addresses intention, unexpected challenges, unintended outcomes, successes, and failures. Oral-Only submissions should be described in one or two pages.

For complete details on topics and submission see the Author Central pages.

NOTE: we are also accepting proposals for multi-stakeholder Special Sessions (e.g. demo, panel, discussion; up to 8 pages) deadline May 19.

Accepted Full Papers and Oral-Only Presentations will be grouped thematically to facilitate focused discussion, community building and networking based on common interests.

Important Dates

  • Full Paper and Oral-only submission for review deadline May 19, 2024
  • Special Sessions (e.g. demo, panel, discussion) deadline May 19, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance / revision requirements June 23, 2024
  • Submission of Final Full Paper and Oral-only Presentation (“Camera ready”) July 29, 2024
  • Author early registration deadline July 30, 2024
  • Early registration deadline September 30, 2024
  • Conference Dates October 23 – 26, 2024

Accepted papers presented by an original author or co-author during the conference will be published in the IEEE GHTC 2024 Conference Proceedings, and submitted for publication in IEEE Xplore®

IEEE GHTC 2024 is Sponsored by IEEE Region 6, IEEE Philadelphia Section and IEEE SSIT, with Technical Co-Sponsorship by IEEE-USA, IEEE CTS, IEEE EDS, IEEE EMBS, IEEE MTT-S, IEEE PELS, IEEE PES, the IEEE Smart Village Initiative and IEEE-SA.

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