Upward Mobility

Stanford lab rallies brain power to find tech solutions to poverty and inequality

Thu, 2016-12-08 12:45 -- Compassionate C...

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.

Microsoft grants support solutions to affordable Internet access

Wed, 2016-12-07 11:59 -- Compassionate C...

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.

UNICEF Innovation Fund invests in tech startups working to improve children's lives

Fri, 2016-11-18 07:36 -- Compassionate C...

Taking a cue from Silicon Valley, the United Nations announced its first round of investments in five emerging market tech startups with open source solutions designed to improve lives of vulnerable children. The fund is now taking applications for its next investment round.

India's VP: We can fight poverty with 21st century libraries

Thu, 2016-11-03 06:07 -- Compassionate C...

Hamid Ansari describes himself as a bookworm. But India's vice president makes a case for digital information – via smart libraries – as an equalizer that can help more people participate in today's knowledge-driven economic growth. Click for more on that plus a look at digital trends in public libraries.

Can technology improve lives in urban slums? 6 examples suggest yes it can

Mon, 2016-10-24 14:59 -- Compassionate C...

The New Urban Agenda adopted at the UN Habitat III conference last week addresses the need to create more inclusive cities as urbanization increases and the number of people living in slums continues to swell. Can technology play a role? It already is. Click for examples from Nairobi to Rio.

New Smart Campus addresses youth unemployment and access to education

Fri, 2016-08-19 14:15 -- Compassionate C...

With high unemployment rates a serious challenge for countries around the world – coupled with increasing demand for people with technical skills – the new Smart Campus program launched by Ooredoo and Microsoft in Maldives sounds like a solution worth watching.