What is HTH?

We deal with technology in its broadest sense: Any application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes.

Who is part of HTH?

You can discover our contributors and partners here

Where is HTH based?

Originally born in New York, USA, and actually hosted by the Institute of International Humanitarians Affairs at Fordham University, HTH is a global initiative based on local needs and adopts a "glocal" approach.

How do I participate in the HTH initative?

Check all the available opportunities here!

What is technology for you?

We deal with technology in its broadest sense: Any application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes.

What do you mean by "open source technology"?

Open source technology includes, but is not limited to, open source software technology as it encompasses also hardware, mechanics, 3D printing, engineering, among others.

Open source technology is defined as the production and development philosophy of allowing end users and makers/developers/creators/fabricators to not only see the source files of a technological item, but modify it as well.

To make a long story short, we consider as 'open technology' any solution that any user worldwide can legally download, use, transform and share. 

(Part of the definition in the first paragraph is inspired by a definition from brighthub.com about software technology )

Why you alternatively use "open technology" and "open source technology"?

We consider the two as equivalent, but "open source technology" is sometimes perceived to be more strictly related to information and communicaiton technology. 

For this reason, we usually  prefer to use "open technology" although sometimes we recur to "open source technology" for its wider recognition, as it could result more familiar to some readers.

What is humanitarian innovation?

Acording to a recent study by OCHA: "Humanitarians have used the term “innovation” to refer to the role of technology, products and processes from other sectors, new forms of partnership, and the use of the ideas and coping capacities of crisis-affected people."

Why is open source innovation important for the humanitarian sector?

1)    Through flexible and scalable open source solutions, humanitarians can identify and tailor the most appropriate tools and strategies to provide the best service and assistance to people in need;
2)    Open source solutions, when actively supported, offer limitless upgrade and development assistance removing thus the financial and strategic strains of standard planned obsolescence or yearly renewal fees, which are common practice among licenced products;
3)    Open technology facilitates community engagement, empowerment, ownership and sustainability as the local actors become developers of their own solutions; 
4)    The investment in open source technology can be alloted as part of the project itself, instead of being considered among operational running costs for humanitarian projects, thus increasing the amount of funds invested in programs; 
5)    It increases transparency as it allows to distinguish between the organizations with real humanitarian purpose at their core mandate, and nonprofit with commercial or other-than-humanitarian scope;
6)    An open tech policy helps organizations marketing ideas, spreading solutions, creating global communities, increasing users retention, and boosting innovation.