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.
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.
Communities struggle to prevent more death and devastation from drug addiction. Governments put more money into the battle. And new tech strategies emerge. Get the latest insights from Deloitte, SAS, IBM and others.
Baltimore tool maps food disparities. Hack for LA platform informs food seekers and policymakers. Subsidies wipe out Syracuse food desert. Lawmakers in Tallahassee OK financing pilot. Denver nonprofit runs market/farm.
With its new 500 Cities website, the Centers for Disease Control is helping public health professionals pinpoint chronic health issues and identify emerging health problems at a local level. Some call it a game-changer.
What's being called a groundbreaking initiative has a housing charity and an energy charity working together to harness wind power and use the proceeds to ease housing pressures in Scotland.
CHOICE Humanitarian, in connection with Microsoft Edge, launched a first-ever program designed to empower Guatemalan women by helping them become literate in Spanish. Find out what's behind the initiative.
In a North Carolina county, the intersection of opioid abuse and child abuse and neglect threatens to overwhelm social services. A Florida agency works to protect the identity of kids in foster care from a new threat.
Connecting students in Mumbai with Australian retirees…Daily call gives peace of mind in Winter Park…Singapore standardization efforts support aging…Detroit DOT expands reduced fare program...Aging in Place in Hong Kong.
Data-mapping tools help cities find "lost" land ripe for development. Dow introduces new technologies in its partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Ameresco and NYC Housing Authority launch sweeping energy saving project.
Portlanders to rent out tiny homes in backyards… Enel company pioneers microgrid in NYC complex… Hackney Council will build homes… First Nations housing uses passive technology... Cheap digs for artists in West Philly.