The 10th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2020) is an international flagship conference sharing practical technology-enabled solutions addressing the needs of underserved populations and resource-constrained environments around the world in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

GHTC 2020 will have an exciting and varied program of workshops, panels, keynotes and technical presentations.

GHTC 2020 takes place online from Thursday, October 29 through mid-afternoon Sunday, November 1. See the preliminary program schedule here.

The GHTC 2020 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce FREE ACCESS to GHTC 2020 PLENARY SESSIONS (FREE Registration required) See the announcement here. (Full attendee registration is also available, details at


  • Conference Overview (Thursday, Oct 29, 1 pm PDT)

Overview of GHTC 2020 Virtual Program, technical sessions and navigation mechanics with Conference Chair, Paul Cunningham, Vice-Chair, Ed Perkins, and Program Chair Pritpal Singh.

  • Opening Session with IEEE Presidents (Oct 29, 3:30 pm PDT)

LIVE: Remarks on IEEE’s role in Humanitarian Activities by 2020 IEEE President Toshio Fukuda and 2021 President-elect Susan (Kathy) Land

Our 3rd Student Poster Contest will be held online Thursday afternoon following the paper sessions. Cash prizes will be awarded. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 19-October.

Ensuring universal, affordable and sustainable energy access is one of the biggest societal challenges of our time. Decentralized, bottom-up approaches, such as solar home systems and microgrids, have emerged as a response to shortcomings of the centralized grid approach, but affordability, scalability, path to growth and long-term sustainability remain a challenge.

How HAC/SIGHT responded to the COVID pandemic – vision and process improvements with examples of some funded projects and building collaboration opportunities.

GHTC 2020 celebrates the 10th anniversary of IEEE GHTC. The anniversary program will consist of some remarks and two-panel discussions, one on the evolution of GHTC and the other on IEEE’s role in Humanitarian Technology.

  • Closing Keynote (Nov 1 Noon PST – time change)

Melissa Sassi, IEEE Digital Intelligence Working Group



GHTC 2020 is sponsored by IEEE Region 6, IEEE Seattle Section and IEEE SSIT (Society on Social Implications of Technology) with technical sponsorship by IEEE-USA, IEEE CES, EMBS, MTT-S, PES and IEEE Smart Village.