A report on the first six months of operation for a Juneau, Alaska homeless housing program made it very clear that the program is doing precisely what it promised to do: provide housing for those who otherwise wouldn't have it and significantly reduce the use of local emergency services.
Compassionate Cities is a Council initiative to raise awareness about ways communities can reduce suffering and improve the lives of vulnerable populations through the use of digital technologies already being applied to solve other city challenges. Click here to learn more about the initiative – and scroll down for articles highlighting how technology is helping the homeless, the hungry, the disabled and other people in need around the world.
It's estimated that half of the world's food is wasted. It's a drain on economies and a missed opportunity for putting food on the table for people who don't have enough. A Canadian organization is betting a nationwide collaboration can do far more to reduce food waste than isolated efforts ever will.
Does your Grandma know what a Smart City is? If not, then we are doing it wrong! We are building Smart Cities for the people after all, so shouldn’t they be familiar with the concept? Shouldn’t Smart Citizens know they are a part of a Smart eco-system?
An innovative initiative from UL honors programs that advance STEM learning through projects that tackle real environmental problems. Read about five E-STEM winners from Chicago to Calgary and how they’re helping improve lives and our planet.
With the Serve UP Harlem initiative, STRIVE New York, Cornell University and local city organizations are preparing 18- to 24-year-olds for career paths in food service, customer service and hospitality. Read how the program works.
They're not even teenagers yet, but they are out to show the world that Cambodian girls can do technology – and along the way help local artisans earn more money and lift themselves out of poverty. Read their inspiring story.
If the opioid crisis wasn't bad enough already, a new study out of the University of Virginia suggests deaths from drug overdoses may be 24% higher in the U.S. than originally reported. Read more on that, why it matters and new efforts to curb the crisis.
Outdoor air pollution claims 1.3 million lives every year. Children are particularly at risk. And the number of deaths is expected to rise due to climate change. Read how cities from Hamburg to Oakland are using data, sensors and some novel technologies to reduce death and disease from dirty air.
The nutritional benefits of breastfeeding are pretty well known. But what about the economic advantages? Reports suggest that every $1 invested in breastfeeding generates $35 in economic returns. Read more about global efforts to encourage breastfeeding – and how technology is helping.
A Singapore news site calls agriculture technology “the new farming tool to boost food security.” Venture arms of tech giants Qualcomm and Cisco recently invested in an Israeli digital ag startup. New Zealand farmers are cutting costs with IoT technology from Schneider Electric. Clearly agtech is booming; read why it matters.