IEEE plans first Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in Seattle

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IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology logoThe inaugural IEEE 2011 Global Humanitarian Technology Conference is to be held in Seattle, Washington, from Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2011.

Organizers say the conference will be a venue to share project results, planned projects, and technology needs; and learn about opportunities for funding and creating new projects.

The event is geared toward engineers, and representatives from industry, academia, nongovernmental organizations, funders and governments.

More information, including deadlines related to a Call for Papers, can be found at the IEEE 2011 Global Humanitarian Technology Conference website.

Registrations are now being taken.

Topics to be addressed at the conference include:

‰Û¢ Health, medical technology and telemedicine;

‰Û¢ Disaster warning and response;

‰Û¢ Water planning, availability and quality;

‰Û¢ Power for off-grid users;

‰Û¢ Power infrastructure and renewable/sustainable energy;

‰Û¢ Connectivity and communications technologies for remote locations;

‰Û¢ Educational technologies;

‰Û¢ Agricultural technologies.

A keynote speech is to be delivered by Tony Marjoram, a Programme Specialist with UNESCO.