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The Humanitarian Innovation Project is delighted to announce the 2015 Humanitarian Innovation Conference, in partnership with the World Humanitarian Summit. Hosted in Oxford on 17 and 18 July 2015, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘facilitating innovation’. As interest and dialogue around humanitarian innovation continues to expand, conference participants are invited to explore the challenges of creating an enabling environment for humanitarian innovation.

In the lead up to the World Humanitarian Summit, a key focus of the conference will explore how we enable innovation by and for affected communities. What does it mean to take a human-centred approach seriously, and to engage in co-creation with affected populations? It will also seek to examine what facilitation means across the wider humanitarian ecosystem, and how we can better convene the collective talents of people within and across traditional and non-traditional humanitarian actors.

Registration now closed.


LIVESTREAMING: Selected sessions from #HIP2015 - including the opening session, keynote addresses, and all plenary panels - will be streamed live at . Visit this site to watch #HIP2015 live on 17 & 18 July, starting from 9:00am (BST) until 5:45pm (BST) each day.

See the full call for papers (now closed) to learn more about #HIP2015.

Get Involved

There are many ways to participate in #HIP2015. We welcome contributions and presentations from academics, policymakers and practitioners. We invite individual paper proposals, full panel proposals, and suggestions for alternative and original format sessions (e.g. films, debates, demonstrations) from across sectors. Creativity and diversity are encouraged!

Conference Presentations & Papers

Call for Papers Deadline: CLOSED

Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission by 15 April. All invited speakers will be required to complete the official registration and fee payment process for the conference by 1 May.

We are also accepting submission of full conference papers. If you wish to submit a paper to the conference, the deadline is 1 July 2015. Accepted papers will be shared with conference participants and on the HIP website.

Innovation Workshops

We also invite submissions from organisations or projects that would like to host an interactive workshop on innovation or other participation-based sessions for conference participants. This includes suggestions for alternative and original sessions such as debates, ‘open space’ formats and innovative facilitation techniques from across sectors. Creativity and diversity are encouraged!

#HIP2015 Innovation LAB

This year there will be space at the conference to set up demonstrations or other interactive platforms for products or programmes in humanitarian innovation. Please get in touch if you or your organisation would be interested in organising an interactive and hands-on workshop at the conference.

‘Innovation’ Photo Exhibition

The Humanitarian Innovation Project will sponsor a photo exhibition for ‘Humanitarian Innovation in Action’. All conference participants are invited to submit their favourite photo depicting a ‘humanitarian innovation’ along with a 100-200 word description. Selected photos will be displayed at the conference, and a photo book will be published and made available following the conference.

Display Materials & Literature

There will be space at the conference for speakers and organisations to display posters or printed materials to share with other participants. If you are interested in sending or bringing materials for display, please let us know in advance so that we can arrange a space for you. We can also make arrangements if you would like to ship your materials in advance of the conference.


Student fee: £275

Non-profit / Academic fee: £325

Standard fee: £425

Conference fees include full access to all conference facilities and events, buffet lunch on both days and a formal dinner in Keble College hall on 17 July.

[Note: Registration does not include accommodation; participants will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation]


Registration is now open >>

The deadline to register for the conference is 1 July 2015.

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