From containing deadly epidemics to recovering from natural disasters, a new partnership that involves IBM, MasterCard and leading governments aims to find answers by finding data. Learn why data is so important and get inspiration for using it to tackle your city’s issues.
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.
Some 20% of the world’s population lives in areas where water is already in short supply, a number that is only going to grow. From shaded reservoirs to water ATMs, here are 5 ways cities are stepping up to quench the thirst.
Food production is a major issue for cities, whether they’re tackling environmental goals or just trying to make sure their citizens have enough to eat. Check out new approaches from Cisco, Microsoft, Veolia and others that are putting more sustainable food on the table.
A refugee camp in Kenya that’s expanding faster than it can be supported is getting a boost from MasterCard and a United Nations organization. See how an effort to support small farmers could greatly ease hunger in an area where it’s becoming exponentially worse.
Even when you’re surrounded by water, there isn’t enough of it. With GE's help, a California island is turning to desalination to avoid more sharp reductions in water use. With resources scarce, find out why more cities around the globe are doing the same.
With electricity scarce in sub-Saharan Africa, it takes innovative solutions for schools to offer classes students elsewhere take for granted. Learn how S&C Electric developed a combined solar and energy storage power supply that allows two Zambian schools to offer computer science courses.
Sometimes the best solution is the easiest one. Utah has nearly eliminated its chronic homeless population by giving them homes. And the state has saved millions by doing it. Sound crazy? Get details at the site.
An initiative by IBM, Apple and Japan Post aims to improve the quality of life for Japan's growing senior population. The idea is to connect millions of senior citizens to services, healthcare, community and their families via iPads, apps and analytics.
In an innovative Texas community, neighbors can share more than a cup of milk or sugar -- they can share electricity. Learn how this project, aided by Itron, is helping people in extreme poverty get back on their feet via crowd-sourced energy.
As urban populations swell, as the number of singles increases -- and as cities try to make their urban environments more sustainable – tiny homes may be part of the big picture. And some of the benefits they offer may surprise you.