Call for Application: Young Professional Project Contest 2013

Deadline: March 15, 2013

Applications are open now for participation in the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference Young Professional Project Competition. Young technical professionals from around the world with a passion for advancing technology for humanity you are invited to participate.

The Project Problem

For this inaugural year of the contest, the project problem title is, ‘Rural District Health Office Data Connectivity and eHealth Record System.’

For the 2013 GHTC Young Professionals Project Competition, teams are asked to develop a detailed engineering design specification that outlines the scope of their project, the technical and social problems as they see it, and their proposed solution approach. Teams will need to take into consideration as part of their design:

  • Two way transmission of data (i.e. upload, download)
  • Batching of data for daily transfer
  • Systems for emergency/outbreak alerts
  • Providing less expensive service and higher bandwidth
  • Creating maps of existing connectivity
  • Using intermediate field offices as data relay points
  • Low power usage systems to operate at sites with limited generation capacity
  • Creating secure, confidential ID for patients
  • Emergency response and chronic care applications for eHealth records
  • Ensuring eHealth records are useful for routine care for migrant populations.

As part of their project work, teams will need to:

  • Define the scope of their project.
  • Conduct any analysis and design relative to their project.
  • Develop and present a project plan.
  • Identify the technology and technical solution being proposed by their project.
  • Provide applicable R&D information, manufacturing/distribution issues, costs, etc.
  • Be prepared to defend the design and discuss the immediate and strategic functional, installation or implementation considerations.


The contest is open to young professionals from around the world who are under the age of 35, have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in technical or related field (Science or Engineering), or currently be studying towards one, and be creative/socially innovative with a passion for advancing technology and humanity!

Application Information

Teams will be required to present their proposed solution to the problem in the form of a 6 page detailed engineering report, a 15 minute presentation to a judging panel and audience at GHTC2013, and a project solution summary poster to be placed on display at GHTC2013.


All competition participants will receive a certificate acknowledging their involvement in the project, regardless of whether they are part of the winning team. The winning team will also receive a prize, with details to be announced in the lead up to the conference.


A suitable panel of industry professionals will be selected to judge the team presentations at GHTC2013, and present the winning team at the conference.

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