In a New York Times editorial, Melinda Gates writes about the need to equip women in developing countries with mobile phones so they have access to financial services. Learn how Ooredoo, Qualcomm and others are answering that call, helping women raise the living standards in their communities.
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.
Many blind people say they’re afraid to leave home. Transit, which should be a big help to them, is actually one of the biggest obstacles. Learn how a system from Microsoft that lets the blind see with their ears is helping.
With the world’s largest population, there’s considerable pressure on Chinese farmers to produce. And China isn't alone. As city populations elsewhere in the world surge, efficient food production is essential. See how apps built with technology from IBM are helping Chinese farmers use land to its full potential.
Kenya has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, but doctors are making progress thanks to a seemingly unlikely tool. See how Qualcomm and 3G wireless are improving care for those infected.
In a Danish city, GPS trackers carried by homeless volunteers help public officials plan where to locate shelters and other services. In Kansas City, solar power arrays installed on shelters could save $400,000 in energy expenses over the next 20 years. Click for details on these and other tech-enabled homeless initiatives.
Chicago’s neighborhoods have discovered the digital divide is real and it has implications for everything from healthcare to public transit to finding work. And Chicago isn't alone in its mission to expand Internet access. Click for a look at what cities are doing to ensure their citizens aren't left out.
The communications giant operating across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia has challenged government and industry leaders to remove infrastructure barriers preventing people from accessing the Internet. Get the details.
Aging pipes, leaks and water losses approaching 45% have made it challenging for the water authority serving 3.3 million in the Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram to make water distribution fair and equitable. By tapping IBM's big data and analytics technology, that's changing. Find out how.
With infant and maternal mortality rates in Myanmar significantly higher than neighboring countries, mobile communications provider Ooredoo has launched a free app for pregnant women and new mothers. Get the details.
A Cisco solutions architect calls the smart stick concept a team of French engineering students came up with the best example he's seen of the Internet of Everything. Meanwhile in China, a smart chopsticks concept aims to make food safer. Get the details.