SAN JOSE, CALIF. (8 October 2018) – Celebrating its 8th anniversary, the 2018 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) is a world class conference focused on discussing sustainable development and humanitarian technology related policy, insight and experiences and showcasing activities aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Today, IEEE GHTC 2018 announces keynote speakers and program highlights.

GHTC 2018 will be 18-21 October in San Jose, Calif., USA at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, featuring a vibrant program of plenary presentations, paper and poster presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and unconference sessions. Researchers and practitioners will exchange experiences related to disaster mitigation, affordable & clean energy, agriculture & food security, clean water & sanitation, community engagement and capacity-building, connectivity & communication, healthcare, poverty alleviation, humanitarian challenges & opportunities, education and entrepreneurship.

Keynote speakers include Kofi Taha (MIT’s), Ron Snyder (Cisco Tactical Operations), and Ben Wilson (Intellectual Ventures Laboratory).

Panel sessions will address field perspectives on the UN SDGs and the role of education in development.

This year’s conference will feature several participatory workshops on Health, Energy, Disaster Situations, Water/Agriculture and Humanitarian Challenges. Attendees are encouraged

The healthcare track features presentations on technology-enabled devices to test air quality, mHealth systems for stroke rehabilitation and maternal health, the development of prosthesis and Parkinson’s disease assessment, as well as cost-effective urinalysis screening tools. Furthermore, presentations cover community work conducted in a diverse number of underserved populations, including Malawi, Ethiopia, Senegal, Kenya, South Africa, India, and Vanuatu.

GHCT 2018 will feature several pre-conference special events on Thursday, 18 October.

  • The IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee is holding an all-day technology and innovation workshop for the UN SDGs. The workshop is free and open to conference participants, IEEE SIGHT members and other key stakeholders active in the sustainable development space.
  • Conference attendees can attend an afternoon workshop on Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies in addressing humanitarian challenges in developing countries.
  • Student poster competition for undergraduate students featuring ideas or designs for developing projects/products supporting the key focus areas of GHTC. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.
  • Evening reception hosted by the IEEE Young Professionals Santa Clara Valley.

GHTC 2018 is organized by IEEE Region 6 (Western United States) and the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section. IEEE-USA is a technical co-sponsor, along with the IEEE CES, EMBS, MTT, PES and SSIT Societies.

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Corey Ruth
Media Relations Associate, IEEE-USA Communications

John Yaglenski
Director, IEEE-USA Communications