Compassionate Cities

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.

NYC nonprofit and Cornell tackle urban youth unemployment with free online training


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.

New study finds number of U.S. deaths from opioid overdoses may be under-reported


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.

How 5 cities are using technology to reduce the harmful effects of dirty air


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.

How breastfeeding helps moms, babies and entire communities (and the role tech plays)


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.

Ripe for growth: Amid world food crisis, agtech to the rescue


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.

Virginia accelerator seeks startups and nonprofits with solutions to social challenges


Entrepreneurs, startups and nonprofits are invited to apply for a spot in the Smart City Works fall 2017 cohort designed to accelerate their solutions focused on key urban infrastructure challenges – from use of urban data and IoT technologies to supporting at-risk populations.

STEM progress? Big jump in girls and minorities taking AP computer science exam


A Seattle nonprofit crunched the numbers from the AP College Board and found the number of girls taking the AP computer science exam doubled this year over 2016 and the number of minorities nearly tripled. But's CEO says there's still more work to do.