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.

Ooredoo subsidiary joins with Facebook to provide free Internet in Indonesia


Ooredoo subsidiary Indosat has joined with Facebook to bring Internet connections to the many Indonesians who have never had them. It's part of a Facebook-led initiative,, to provide service to the roughly two-thirds of the world's population that don't have it now.

Melinda Gates: Mobile phones connect women in developing nations to opportunity


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.

Mobile apps help Chinese farmers feed the masses


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.

How technology is helping cities help their homeless


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.

Cities see urgency in closing digital divide (and how they're doing it)


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.

How smart tech is solving Thiruvananthapuram's big water problem


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.