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Disaster Mitigation Among Featured Topics at IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in Seattle in October

WASHINGTON (2 Sept. 2016) -- When a tsunami from a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia in 2004, it killed 228,000 people. In 2011, 18,000 were killed in Japan from a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

To help emergency rescue and management personnel deal with such catastrophes, Washington State conducted a simulated field response operation in June.

Walt Hubbard, director of King County, Washington’s Office of Emergency Management, will present “Disaster Mitigation: Lessons Learned from Cascadia Rising Exercise” at the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC).

The sixth-annual event will be at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport on 13-16 October. Discounted registration is available through 9 September.

Other keynote and plenary sessions include:

* “Influence of Life Quality in Developing Countries by Disruptive & Transformational Technologies,” Dr. Bartosz Wojszczyk, President & CEO, Decision Point Global

* “Beyond the Shine: The Future Hero of Humanitarian Response,” Alexis Bonnell, Division Chief - Applied Innovation and Acceleration, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID

* Maurizio Vecchione, Senior Vice President, Global Good

* Dave Cook, 2016 President Engineers Without Borders-USA

GHTC 2016 will explore how technology can:

* Enable healthcare delivery & provide power & communications in developing countries

* Provide clean water & sanitation & improve crop yields

* Improve the timeliness & effectiveness of disaster response

* Assist with training & build capacity to improve standard of living

More than 260 people from 23 countries attended GHTC 2015.

GHTC ( is organized by IEEE Region 6 (Western United States) and IEEE Seattle Section. Technical cosponsors include IEEE-USA, IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology, IEEE Power and Energy Society, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

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