In ranking Columbus, Ohio, the No. 1 most intelligent community this year, the Intelligent Community Forum noted a rebirth of hope and a revolutionary approach to new ideas in the Midwest city. Click for details (and to see who Mayor Michael B. Coleman thanked for helping make it happen).
Health and human services
The technology behind it is complex, but for its users the VGo robot powered by Verizon's network is a way to attend school and stay connected with the world. Children who can’t regularly attend school due to serious health problems are using VGo to interact with teachers and fellow students -- almost as if they were sitting in the classroom with them.
Code for America (CfA) revealed its latest lineup of apps from eight cities working with CfA technologists this year. Still works in progress, the apps take innovative approaches to economic development, healthcare and more. Get a rundown of what the eight cities are up to.
The ability to communicate ranks right up there with food and shelter after a disaster. Verizon has invested in a wide range of emergency services that have helped connect communities after hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. It not only helps victims, but also those coming to their aid.
Johannesburg, South Africa has ambitious smart city plans – and that includes ensuring it has trained tech professionals on tap to staff it. Click to learn about the city’s digital intern program and how it's partnering with Cisco and Microsoft to ensure it has the workforce it needs.
Worrisome as the drought that's parched regions around the world is, a new global study from Veolia and the International Food Policy Research Institute finds rapidly deteriorating water quality will affect far more people and put the planet at large at risk. Learn about sustainable solutions available to cities.
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.
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.
What began as a disaster for a new IT director quickly became a transformative moment as officials of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi learned something important -- they need to embrace new technology rather than mistrust it. Learn how Microsoft helped along the way.