Kids in Ghana use rocks they found in the schoolyard to learn how a computer mouse works. There's no computer in their school, so the teacher improvises. From rural Ghana to neighborhoods of Philadelphia, the digital divide is real – and so are efforts to end it. See some examples involving Huawei, Microsoft and others.
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.
Cities are steeped in data – but as many are discovering, it's what you do with it that matters if you're trying to get homeless people the help they need. Learn about NYC's new StreetSmart app, benefits of data-pooling in Bristol and Salt Lake County's homeless system overhaul.
Working with nonprofits G3ict and World Enabled, AT&T has identified ways cities can adopt a "smart cities for all" mindset that benefits people with disabilities and older citizens. Read the keys to success outlined in the report.
When school adjourns for the summer, many children who rely on school lunches for a nutritious mid-day meal have to look elsewhere to fill the void. Read how a Minneapolis app, the USDA's digital map and other community-based efforts in libraries and hospitals are making it easier.
It's not your typical summer movie blockbuster, but a 16-minute documentary funded by Cisco was screened in a Beverly Hills theater earlier this week. Detected tells the story of the iTBra. Learn why the game-changing wearable is expected to save lives.
Interesting research from EY and Junior Achievement reveals at least one similarity – and several stark contrasts – in how boys and girls view college and career plans and how the economy is affecting their choices.
In Brisbane, youth unemployment hit a 17-year high in March and Greece recorded a 47.9% youth jobless rate a month earlier. Some are calling this global crisis a ticking time bomb. Can it be diffused? Click for a look at public and private entities trying to do just that.
Bus rapid transit, light rail, subways – all the fixings of a robust transit system may be the answer for young, healthy commuters. But as senior populations swell, cities need to have grandma and grandpa's transit needs figured out too.
Operating since January, the Community Outreach Court in Honolulu has cleared a backlog of 268 cases. More importantly, it's moved homeless defendants into services and several into housing. Read more about the court and three other new initiatives to help the homeless.
The District of Columbia just launched a program to install solar systems for low-income families and provide solar job training for DC residents. Get details on that, plus efforts by Enel, UN DESA and others to accelerate affordable, accessible energy for all.