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The Guardian

Lucy Jolin

28 November 2017

England

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The healthcare world is highly innovative right now as it tries to make medicine more personalized and harnesses engineering. Hitachi is trying to aggregate data in order to prevent disease and help the healthcare sy...

News Deeply

Matthew O. Berger

20 November 2017

Miami, Florida, United States

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Each year millions of sharks are inadvertently slaughtered by long-line fishing gear, and the decimation of top predator populations has detrimental effects on the greater ocean ecosystem. New tracking technology that...

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Odette Chalaby

8 November 2017

Australia

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Currently poverty is assessed on a household basis, however individuals within the same house can experience poverty differently. The Individual Deprivation Measure will be the first gender-sensitive tool that will be...

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Caitlin Burke

28 October 2017

United States

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A software helps investigators link crimes in different parts of the country to find patterns that indicate human trafficking. Traffic Jam uses artificial intelligence to comb through reams of public records and data,...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

25 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Launched in September 2017, Cognoma is a database of information regarding the genetic makeup of cancerous tumors developed in collaboration between University of Pennsylvania researchers and Philadelphia’s tech commu...

WEWS-TV

Tara Molina

5 October 2017

Akron, Ohio, United States

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The existence of an opioid abuse crisis is widely acknowledged, however there is a lack of efficient methodologies to collect, analyze, and disseminate data related to the crisis. The Summit County public health depar...

How We Get to Next

Greg Noone

15 September 2017

Swaziland

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Mosquito transmitted diseases are only becoming more prevalent due to climate change, posing a global health risk. Various methods are being tested such as genetic modification and gene drives, Project DiSARM-uses tec...

Bloomberg CityLab

Laura Bliss

9 August 2017

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The Kentucky metro area has some of the worst air quality in the country, leading to concerning rates of asthma and respiratory disease well above the national averages. But a group called AIR Louisville has implement...

Citiscope

David Hatch

1 August 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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In an era of mass migration and vast displacement, communities and governments around the world are struggling to cope with the influx of millions of immigrants and refugees. But different innovations in technology ar...

News Deeply

Paul Tullis

17 July 2017

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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Illegal fishing is a grave concern that not only threatens to destroy the ocean's ecosystem but the livelihoods of billions of people around the world who depend on stable fish populations for food. Now, software deve...

BBC

Ruth Evans

11 July 2017

Chiang Mai, Thailand

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"Poor man Instagram" is how vets at Chiang Mai University describe their system of pandemic preparedness and emergency prevention. Recruiting community members throughout the region to be disease detectives, the scien...

Forbes

Casey Hynes

3 July 2017

Lahore, Pakistan

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The rapid evolution of technology is continually opening new doors for how microfinance projects can be implemented, improved, and scaled. The team at ADDO A.I. sees artificial intelligence as the catalyst for both mi...

Anthropocene Magazine

Mark Harris

1 July 2017

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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As electric utilities expand to include evolving forms of energy such as varied renewables, the already complex puzzle of storage and distribution (effectively addressing surges and lulls in demand) has grown more dif...

Vox

Julia Belluz

29 June 2017

California, United States

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The USA is seeing rising maternal mortality rates in recent years. It shows higher rates than most developed countries, in part due to the country's lack of attention to women's health. California is reversing this tr...

NBC News

Joseph Bennington-Castro

21 June 2017

Stanford, California, United States

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Beyond its common application as a predictor of consumer purchasing behavior, AI can be utilized to tackle poverty issues, improve agricultural efficiency, and increase access to information for otherwise disconnected...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

22 May 2017

United States

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Cities are often alone in trying to develop solutions to their problems. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago developed an app— "The Peer Cities Identification Tool"— that matches similar U.S. cities and encourages di...

Devex

Kelli Rogers

27 April 2017

Asunción, Paraguay

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Fundación Paraguaya is helping drastically redefine the way that poverty is identified, defined, and addressed. Through a simple, interactive, mobile-based survey called "Poverty Spotlight", workers can self-assess th...

BBC

Mukul Devichand

Nick Holland

18 April 2017

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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Around the world, more and more people are launching projects through mobile apps that use smartphones to collect massive amounts of data for solving chronic issues. By asking thousands of volunteers to donate their d...

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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.

Apolitical

Jennifer Guay

17 March 2017

Namibia

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The Namibian government has partnered with universities, foundations, and telecom companies to track population movements and, along with that, the movement of diseases like malaria. Through analysis of anonymous phon...

Columbia Daily Spectator

Rahil Kamath

14 November 2016

New York, New York, United States

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To address the food insecurity problem among its low-income students, Columbia University launched Swipes, a meal sharing app in which students with a surplus of “meal swipes” could donate them to students in need. Bu...

NPR

Anya Kamenetz

30 October 2016

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Georgia State University in Atlanta is using a predictive analytics model to identify red flags that can stop students from graduation. With this system, the university advisors can intervene early on and help student...

Next City

Sandra Larson

14 October 2016

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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To combat blight and vacancies, the Innovation Field Lab at Harvard is leading a project in which graduate students are creating solutions to these all too common problems for urban areas. Specifically, CityNexus is a...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Stephen St.Vincent

12 October 2016

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

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Low-income people often miss out on court dates because they cannot afford to miss work or leave their children. Michigan and Ohio courts have incorporated the Matterhorn “online adjudication system” to handle simple ...

Mongabay

Julia John

3 October 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Protected species of animals and plants are illegally sold online mainly due to buyers and sellers having no knowledge of laws or the consequences to the ecosystem. Enforcement Gaps Interface (EGI) is a software which...

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