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BBC

Amelia Martyn-Hemphill

3 October 2017

Gambia

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A new app and scope that attaches to a smartphone camera has the capability to photograph a woman's cervix in high definition and send the photo to clinicians for diagnosis. This device replaces previously very expens...

PBS NewsHour

Michael D. Regan

24 September 2017

New York, New York, United States

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People living in food deserts have very limited access to healthy food, prompting 'Green Carts' (street vendors with vegetables and fruits) and other mobile markets to pop up. Critically important to the success of th...

Eugene Weekly

Morgan Theophil

14 September 2017

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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A tech-enabled solution from two students at the University of Oregon allows community members to connect in order to best support homeless youth. The platform, called the Rapid Access Network (RAN), serves as a way f...

Wired

Megan Molteni

11 September 2017

Canada

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Climate change is only worsening the frequency and ferocity of forest fires. Projects such as researching what makes trees more susceptible to fires, and having satellites send images of fires as they happen, in order...

Government Technology

Zach Quaintance

4 August 2017

United States

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City governments have been implementing “chatbots” to provide a way for residents to both communicate with city government as well as receive information about and assistance with services through text or Facebook. ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

2 May 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Forty-percent of America's food is wasted, but more than 10% of American households don't have enough to eat. New algorithms, apps, and partnerships are working to bridge this gap and eliminate food waste.

The Atlantic

Rob Walker

May 2017

Salem, Illinois, United States

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A large number of Americans are "unbanked or underbanked"—meaning they are not tied to traditional financial institutions to manage their money—which makes saving difficult. Walmart has managed to serve this populatio...

Spring Wise

Spring Wise

31 March 2017

Riga, Latvia

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In Latvia, a new software-Edurio- helps educators learn from insights that go beyond grades by surveying students, families and teachers. This allows for fast feedback and alterations to improve educational experience.

The Guardian

Priti Salian

10 March 2017

Mumbai, India

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For those whose disabilities hinder their dating lives, matchmaking apps can help build connections. In India, the dating app, Inclov, serves as a tool for those with disabilities to create meaningful relationships an...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

9 March 2017

Portland, Oregon, United States

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April Rinne, a sharing economy adviser in Portland, believes that new technology and the emergence of the sharing economy has massive potential to connect talent, resources, and ideas around the globe, particularly in...

Equal Times

Nithin Coca

7 March 2017

Japan

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Japan’s taxi unions don’t work together normally, but they are finding common cause as ride-sharing platforms such as Uber threaten to pull down wages for all drivers. In 2016, the unions banded together and organized...

Governing

Tod Newcombe

15 November 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Already a model for the 'Smart City Trend', Chicago is now continuing its innovative streak by launching an "urban sensing" project, which will gather, analyze and publicize sensory data on the city’s air quality, tra...

Next City

Cassandra Maddox

11 August 2016

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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A successful entrepreneur in Atlanta created a training program for high school graduates between 18-24 to encourage coding proficiency and professional development. The year-long program, called Code Start, gives eac...

The Washington Diplomat

Molly McCluskey

24 November 2015

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Journalists can find themselves in unsafe regions without anyone knowing their whereabouts. 'Reporta' is a new app that allows journalists to send alerts, provide information about their location, and send an SOS inca...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Joyce Hackel

26 August 2015

Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate, Syria

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In war zones, people have a difficult time finding clean water and safe areas to inhabit. Social media, smart phones, and technology applications are aiding in people’s survival. In Aleppo, Syria, the International C...

The New York Times

Erik Eckholm

11 August 2015

United States

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Prisons in the United States are overcrowded with many non-violent offenders and the cost to keep them in jail consumes public budgets. Criminal justice reform has attracted bipartisan interest with diverse proposals ...

Ensia

Matt Weiser

3 August 2015

Bushland, Texas, United States

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The U.S. government has developed different sensors for irrigation devices that gauge water demand and help conserve use. as water shortages caused by drought have increased across the globe, and farmers are faced wit...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

19 June 2015

Australia

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MoodGYM is an online program targeted to help those suffering from depression for whom it is a challenge to access therapy because of location or the stigma it carries. Essentially a therapy session in your pocket, th...

Bright Magazine

Alex Madison

6 May 2015

Fitchburg, Massachusetts, United States

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Low budget schools across the U.S. are having students use their smartphones as learning tools inside and outside the classroom. At no extra cost they can incorporate technology into the curriculum through a myriad of...

Hakai Magazine

Elin Kelsey

22 April 2015

Pacific Grove, California, United States

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Marine biologists around the world are adopting personalization technologies into their work to help them better understand the movements and lives of the undersea creatures they’re monitoring. For example, the Shark ...

EdSurge News

Matt Bowman

18 March 2014

Navarre, Florida, United States

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Tracy Fischetti's high school students improved their reading level scores about three times as much as expected last year, thanks to her innovative approach of heavy content integration into collective class activiti...

WNYC

Manoush Zomorodi

16 October 2013

New York, New York, United States

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The 2008 recession’s job losses spurred a development of a Do-It-Yourself economy. With the advent of Uber, Etsy, Airbnb, and others, the marketplace has become full of micro-entrepreneurs who thrive with independent ...

The New York Times

Amy O'Leary

19 August 2013

Uganda

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Lost children in third world countries suffer from severe emotional distress without their parents. UNICEF has started using a new app called RapidFTR that helps reunite lost children with their families.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

26 November 2010

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

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Children who have been through traumatic experiences have trouble opening up to people. A virtual program in Mexico City created by psychotherapists uses animated characters to get children to explain their thoughts.

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