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IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference Seeks Technical & Non-Technical Papers

WASHINGTON (23 March 2012) — IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference organizers are seeking technical and non-technical papers on the role technology can play in improving lives and creating business opportunities for people in emerging nations.

Accepted papers will be presented during the second annual conference, 21-24 October 2012, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel ( They will be published in conference proceedings and available through the digital library IEEE Xplore. The submission deadline is 20 April.

The event is designed to gather scientists, engineers, technology professionals, academics, foundations, government and non-government organizations, as well as individuals engaged in humanitarian work to discuss and develop solutions for present and future humanitarian needs. Participants from around the world attended the inaugural event and are expected to do so again. The conference theme is “Technology for the Benefit of Humanity.”

“Building on last year’s conference, we’re looking to bring in authors to not only address our core areas — power, data connectivity, health and water — but to include topics such as education, funding projects, project management and identity management,” conference chair Paul Kostek said. “Ninety-four papers were presented in 2011, along with 16 posters. We’ve increased the opportunities for speakers this year by adding a third day.

“This is an excellent venue to present your work to people actively involved in humanitarian projects.”

Contributed papers, particularly in the following areas, are solicited:

— Health, Medical Technology & Telemedicine
— Disaster Warning, Avoidance & Response
— Water Planning, Availability & Quality
— Sanitation
— Power Infrastructure & Off-Grid Power
— Renewable & Sustainable Energy
— Connectivity & Communications Technologies (data/voice) for Remote Locations
— Educational Technologies
— Agricultural Technologies
— Applying Science, Engineering & Technology for Environmental Sustainability
— Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities

— Submissions must be made online.

— Submissions must be written in English and no longer than six pages. Those over six pages will not be considered. The minimum font is 10 point, single-spaced and may include figures, illustrations and graphs.

— Submissions must describe original work not previously published or currently under review for publication in another conference or journal. Instructions can be found at

— Notification of acceptance will be sent 16 July 2012 via email and posted on the conference Web site. Authors of unaccepted submissions will be also notified that day by email.
— Authors of accepted papers will have until 6 August 2012 to revise their submissions for inclusion in the electronic media.
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