A social services management solution created by University of Washington students to improve processes in child welfare, foster care and homeless youth systems is expanding, thanks to $5 million in new funding.
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.
Using case management software from Eccovia Solutions and Microsoft advanced analytics technology, homeless service providers can gain insights that enable more timely and targeted support for their at-risk clients. Read why this pilot is being called a game changer.
With the GiveSafe app on a smartphone, people walking the streets of Seattle can read the stories of homeless people they pass by and, if they wish, make a safe, cashless donation to help meet the person's needs – groceries, bus fare, maybe a haircut.
The National Energy Action charity estimates four million UK households live in cold, damp properties. Three London borough councils are determined to do something about it. Read about the solar and energy storage pilot they launched to see if those technologies can reduce the cost of heating homes.
A poll of UK adults found only 3% see any stigma attached to wasting food – yet most turn off lights or turn down the heat to save money. Read how a supermarket chain is working with UK communities to promote smart technologies that help households reduce food waste and save money.
The new initiative brings together Silicon Valley tech leaders, experts in government and nonprofits and Stanford students and faculty to incubate low-cost, tech-based solutions to poverty and inequality. It's an intriguing approach; learn more about it.
Much of the world is still not connected to the Internet and the many advantages connectivity provides -- especially in economically disadvantaged communities. Learn about Microsoft's Affordable Access Initiative that is offering grants to companies with solutions that can help close the digital divide.
Signals are somewhat mixed, but there is increasing evidence that telemedicine is gaining greater acceptance as a way to provide healthcare to remote and under-served populations. A research study involving depressed elderly veterans is one indicator; there are more.
Solve is an MIT initiative to develop solutions that improve the lives of the world's at-risk populations. If you have innovative ideas for improving outcomes in refugee education, chronic disease or carbon reduction, click to learn how you can participate in Solve's 2016 challenge.
There's good news on the homeless front, with data suggesting a continuing decline in homelessness among veterans, families and people with chronic disabilities. But the latest numbers also raise concerns that community leaders shouldn't ignore. Click for details.