The Salford Council in Greater Manchester, UK is rolling out gigabit broadband service across its social housing units. Resident "digital champions" will help train neighbors not yet Internet savvy. Gigabit services are also showing up in subsidized housing complexes in the U.S. Is your city keeping up?
The technologies smart cities depend on require well-trained professionals capable of maintaining and managing them. It's the same for electric utilities. Read the story to learn how Schneider Electric is ensuring a continuous supply of high-tech talent for the energy industry -- and helping disadvantaged students. You may get some ideas about collaboration strategies your city can use.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame told the Next Einstein Forum in Senegal that being consumers of technology developed elsewhere won't create wealth in Africa. The continent, he said, must look beyond just ending extreme poverty and embrace technological advancement. Read how he thinks that can happen.
In a 30-minute online assessment, poor people visualize the dimensions of their poverty and map a way out. Developed by a microfinance organization in Paraguay, the Poverty Stoplight tool is now being used in 18 countries. Would it work in your community? Click to find out.
How real is the digital divide in the U.S.? A survey of 1,191 low- and moderate-income households with school-age children found that nine in 10 do have some form of Internet connection. But the quality of those connections is putting many children at risk. Find out why.
When Council Associate Partner Veolia needed employees for its street cleaning operations in the UK, it collaborated with a government agency and a college to set up a training academy -- and offered the training opportunity to local people who had been struggling to find a job for a very long time, many of them for years.
How do you get electricity to remote populations? An Indian NGO and Italian utility Enel are using the Barefoot College model -- recruiting and training young grandmothers from Latin America to build and maintain small solar power installations.
With electricity scarce in sub-Saharan Africa, it takes innovative solutions for schools to offer classes students elsewhere take for granted. Learn how S&C Electric developed a combined solar and energy storage power supply that allows two Zambian schools to offer computer science courses.
Ooredoo subsidiary Indosat has joined with Facebook to bring Internet connections to the many Indonesians who have never had them. It's part of a Facebook-led initiative, Internet.org, to provide service to the roughly two-thirds of the world's population that don't have it now.
In a New York Times editorial, Melinda Gates writes about the need to equip women in developing countries with mobile phones so they have access to financial services. Learn how Ooredoo, Qualcomm and others are answering that call, helping women raise the living standards in their communities.