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FastCompany

Adele Peters

28 September 2018

Shikarpur, Bangladesh

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Solshare, a fast-growing startup in Bangladesh, created a system in which “neighbors can sell extra electricity to each other.” The number of home solar panels has been increasing since a 2014 government program put s...

NPR

Mose Buchele

30 August 2018

Austin, Texas, United States

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In Austin, Texas, the city is piloting a new system to prevent injuries and fatalities from flooding in a region known as Flash Flood Alley. The vast majority of flash flood deaths occur on the road, so the city is be...

Bloomberg CityLab

Neri Zilber

29 August 2018

Tel Aviv, Israel

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The goal of The Platform, a new entrepreneurship and coworking hub in a struggling area of Tel Aviv, “is to start solving big as well as local urban problems through social-technological entrepreneurship.” The tech ac...

Christian Science Monitor

Eoin O'Carroll

27 August 2018

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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A non-profit in Cambridge, England has created a mobile app to connect homeless people with donations, even when passersby do not carry cash they can donate. Still in its early phases, the app has helped 11 people rea...

PBS NewsHour

Teresa Carey

21 August 2018

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Eliminating single use plastics requires developing alternatives for consumers. In Durham, North Carolina, Green-to-Go offers a reusable container service for take-out orders. Users can download the Green-to-Go app, w...

Bloomberg

Kati Pohjanpalo

15 July 2018

Helsinki, Finland

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Finland is at the forefront of conceptualizing mobility as a service. In Helsinki, citizens are getting rid of their cars and using Whim instead. The app gives users unlimited access to all transport options (bus, tra...

Pacific Standard

Amy Fallon

2 July 2018

Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

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In Nigeria, a new app is helping to notify shop-owners when their food approaches its expiration date. Shop-owners can then enact heavy discounts on the item, which are sold to participating non-governmental organizat...

KGTV-TV

Michael Chen

2 July 2018

San Diego, California, United States

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A car-sharing app called Turo allows local car owners to rent out their cars to people in their area rather than let their car sit unused. The app insures renters to make sure any damages are covered, and it more gene...

KTN News Kenya

Dorcas Wangira

21 June 2018

Kisumu, Kisumu County, Kenya

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FGM, or Female Genital Mutilation, is still being conducted in Kenya albeit now in secrecy. A group of high school girls in Kisumu, Kenya developed an app that is part of the effort to end the practice. The app includ...

The Washington Post

Tara Bahrampour

20 June 2018

Miami, Florida, United States

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Papa is a new business that started in Miami, Florida to connect senior citizens with college-students who are willing to provide companionship, combat loneliness, and help with services. The service helps seniors, b...

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Lucy Purdy

20 June 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Fresh Prescription is a Detroit-based program that creates a mechanism for doctors to prescribe healthy food and fresh produce instead of medications to low-income patients, pregnant women, and people with young child...

Bloomberg CityLab

Teresa Mathew

18 June 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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A Facebook messenger app allows people to record their interactions with police and include their own age, race and gender, location and how they felt about the incident, so that collectively these individual stories ...

AzerNews

Elsa Regnier

16 June 2018

Russia

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A new app, called Eyemove, has a 70 percent accuracy rate of diagnosing dementia simply by recording a person's eye movements with a smartphone camera. If a person screens in with signs of dementia, they are referred ...

The Citizen

Syriacus Buguzi

28 May 2018

Morogoro, Tanzania

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The South African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance is piloting a program to use smartphone technology to report and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. The program trains community members to recognize ...

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Paul Tullis

23 May 2018

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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The 100 Island Challenge is a project through the University of California, San Diego to use photos and complex mapping programs to assess the health of coral reefs. Despite media attention declaring the demise of ree...

Artsy

Tess Thackara

15 May 2018

New York, New York, United States

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A diverse group of people developing, coding, and testing artificial intelligence technologies is critical as the inherent biases of the creators can be found in the AI. Artist Stephanie Dinkins is working to raise aw...

The Seattle Times

Scott Greenstone

5 May 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Start-ups in Seattle are using apps and technology to connect the city's massive homeless population to those who can help. Apps like Beacon are helping people to donate directly to the homeless people they may pass o...

Al Jazeera

Ndoni Khanyile

1 May 2018

Namanga, Kenya

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An app, using satellite mapping technology to locate green pasture and water, helps herders in southern Kenya navigate droughts. The tool may go a long way towards saving both herds and livelihoods from the ravages of...

Nikkei Asian Review

Deepak Adhikari

24 March 2018

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Motorbike sharing apps provide an alternative to traffic congestion and crowded public transportation in Nepal. The tech startup, Tootle, connects users to motorbike drivers with its ride-sharing app. Motorbikes offer...

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Michelle Tolson

1 March 2018

Kabul, Afghanistan

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With cell phone usage in Afghanistan approaching 80%, people are using phone applications to communicate, collaborate, and share real-time information about safety issues.

Politico

Erick Trickey

18 January 2018

Houston, Texas, United States

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For patients with tuberculosis, it is vital that they take their medicine consistently and on schedule, even after they are no longer contagious, which can be time consuming and expensive for public health departments...

NPR

Anya Kamenetz

6 December 2017

United States

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A software platform, developed by a women-led nonprofit startup, aims to make it easier and less traumatic for victims to report sexual assault. In use on 12 college campuses, Callisto provides administrators and stud...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

7 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia is one of the poorest cities. Its poverty is a huge concern and feeds into many of the negative aspects of the city. The city is now looking to Smart Cities technology such as smart streetlights, to provi...

Bright Magazine

Doug Bierend

31 October 2017

California, United States

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In Madera Juvenile Detention Facility, teens have access 6 hours a day to tablets loaded with learning and entertainment materials. The program aims to help teens productively use their time in prison and advance thei...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 October 2017

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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The world's 65 million displaced people are not tracked with any cohesive, international database, making reuniting families incredibly difficult. Refunite, a new website with backing from major corporations and inter...

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