Innovative technologies can improve the physical and mental well-being of people who suffer from loneliness and lack of social connections. A new report highlights examples, such as Australia's InTouch Living system.
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.
Estimates indicate 30 million men, women and children are victims of human trafficking worldwide. They are largely invisible, but organizations like Peace-Work and SAS are using advanced analytics to help law enforcement.
Upgrades at a San Juan, Puerto Rico VA hospital to enhance patient comfort and care will be delivered with no up-front capital investment, thanks to an energy savings performance contract (ESPC). Learn more about ESPCs.
As cities search for ways to fill their affordable housing gaps, many are looking at inclusionary zoning. A federal housing expert weighs in with questions city leaders should be asking as they consider developer mandates.
With high demand for tech workers and high levels of youth unemployment, introducing kids to STEM learning early on makes sense. Read how UL XplorLabs, a free program for middle schools, promotes scientific inquiry.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said the five-year, $5 million pact with Microsoft could be a "truly groundbreaking agreement." Read how the partnership will utilize advanced technology to advance human rights.
Karen Addato's brother died homeless – a John Doe in the county coroner's office. Read what she and others told a Smart Cities Week audience about innovative technologies that can save more brothers and sisters from dying.
An interesting approach to getting homeless people off the streets of Barcelona uses crowdfunding to help them start a business that matches their talents and skills or find jobs they actually enjoy.
The largest food rescue and hunger-relief organization in the U.S. has a new technology platform designed to make food donation as simple as a click for businesses large and small. Learn how MealConnect works.
When Qualcomm and others began transforming NYC's old pay phones into high-tech kiosks, the goal was to make free Wi-Fi and city services more accessible to all citizens. Now they've added quick access to social services.