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Participants Sought for Humanitarian Technology Challenge


The Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC), is a partnership between IEEE and the United Nations Foundation designed to bring together technical professionals and humanitarians to develop technological solutions for pressing challenges facing humanity. The HTC is seeking participants for its June conference in Washington, DC.

The conference, scheduled for June1-2, is the first of a series of meetings (in-person as well as online) where participants will be engaged in the solution development process for three initial challenges:

  • Reliable Electricity -- Availability of power for electronic devices
  • Data Connectivity of Rural District Health Offices -- Capability of exchanging data among remote field offices and central health facilities.
  • Patient ID Tied to Health Records -- Maintain consistent patient records, including when patients visit different clinics and when they relocate.

    A small number of IEEE members and humanitarian volunteers have worked to document detailed definitions of these three challenges, and a process to develop solutions is about to be launched. The challenge definitions will be presented, and the solutions process initiated, at this conference. Registration information can be found here.


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