IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) was hosted on 30 October - 1 November 2011, in Seattle, Washington. The inaugural IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference provided the perfect venue for the crowd involved in humanitarian projects to join their peers. The audience for this conference included technologists, representatives from NGOs, governments, academia, funders and industry. The even was a perfect platform that provided an opportunity to share work, meet others involved in humanitarian technology, create new projects and meet with funders.
The event was driven by technologists who are dedicated in finding ways to use technology to help improve lives in developing countries. The meeting drew about 250 people from around the world.
There were plenary panel discussions on “Humanitarian Technology – Good and Bad,” “What works and what doesn’t,” “IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC) projects,” “The role of professional societies in humanitarian technology,” “Smart grid projects,” and “Entrepreneurial funding.” Also there were parallel sessions of contributed papers on nine more specific topics, as follows:
- Health, Medical Technology and Telemedicine.
- Disaster Warning and Response
- Water Planning, Availability and Quality
- Power for Off-Grid Users
- Power Infrastructure / Renewable / Sustainable Energy
- Connectivity and Communications Technologies for Remote Locations
- Educational Technologies
- Agricultural Technologies
- Humanitarian Challenges and Opportunities