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.
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.
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.
Submissions are being accepted through Nov. 24 for the first Not Impossible Awards honoring innovations that represent progress toward a better planet and support UN Sustainable Development Goals. Winners will be showcased at CES 2017.
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.
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.
With an estimated 80% of foster children without computers of their own, a California nonprofit took up the cause and has now distributed thousands of laptops to teens in the foster care system across the U.S. The results are stunning.
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.
Why is global energy leader Enel engaged in the education of children in a rural Peruvian village? It's part of what the company calls an integrated action plan that goes beyond supplying power to supplying opportunity in communities it serves.