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Cisco VIDEO | Ushahidi's Crowdsourcing Software Gives People a Voice in Times of Crisis

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When a crisis occurs, the people who are affected can use Ushahidi's open-source platform to report what is happening around them via social media, email, and text. Their reports are compiled into real-time maps, which enable others to reach and help them more quickly.

Learn more about Cisco’s work with Critical Human Needs and Disaster Relief here.

Nat Geo Announces Winner of ‘CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation’ Challenge

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21st Century Fox’s National Geographic and Sprint have announced neurological physical therapist Asha Gummadi as the winner of the “CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation” challenge. Asha, who is based in Philadelphia, will receive $25,000 to pursue her vision of helping doctors to provide virtual physical therapy in developing countries.

Arrow Electronics Supports Effort to Build First 3D Printed Home for the Developing World

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Arrow Electronics has teamed with Silicon Valley non-profit New Story to help complete the first low-cost, 3D printed house for humanitarian purposes. The nonprofit, which focuses on providing safe homes for people living in inadequate housing around the world, plans to print a small concrete test home later this year in rural El Salvador.

Utilities Key to Powering the Future of Mass Transit EVs

Local utility companies will play a critical role in enabling the future of cleaner transit
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What will mass transit look like in the future? Earlier this year, California announced an ambitious plan to reduce emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, setting the state on a path to achieving 80-percent reduction by 2050. Although satisfying these goals will require contributions from all sectors of the economy, the transition to zero- and near-zero emission vehicles will play an outsized role — particularly when it comes to mass transit. 

Managing Water Supplies Through Innovation in Southern California

Tetra Tech helping the City of Lakewood, California, design their water capture system project to improve local water quality
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The City of Lakewood, California, hired Tetra Tech to design a new stormwater capture project that will improve water quality in the Los Cerritos Channel by removing pollutants conveyed within stormwater. The project consists of an air-inflated rubber dam diversion system to re-direct all runoff from the channel through a pre-treatment system to remove trash, debris, and sediment.

International Committee of the Red Cross Uses AR to Show Reality of War

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Over the past few years, the topic of refugees has dominated the news. Despite the widespread conversation, the realities of wars in faraway places are still hard to grasp for most people. To help them better realize the effects of conflict, a few companies have recreated scenarios to give consumers a glimpse into how war affects people’s every day.

Accelerating Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Technology

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Financial services are core to poverty reduction and economic empowerment, yet a staggering 42% of women and girls worldwide – approximately 1.1 billion – remain outside the formal financial system.[1] Women’s financial inclusion is essential to achieving gender equality by enabling them to handle their finances with greater privacy, security and efficiency, and providing a platform for future investments.

The Future of Forestry: Domtar’s Use of Drones

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Domtar’s Ashdown, Arkansas mill has used drone technology since 2016 to save time, improve efficiencies and help keep its foresters safe.

Domtar’s Ashdown, Arkansas mill uses drone technology to complete critical forestry tasks:

  • Faster
  • Safer
  • More efficiently

Here are three ways drones are changing forestry as we know it:

1) Easily spotting diseases and infestations. Here, significant beetle damage was found, as indicated by the dead and dying trees below.

Autonomous Cars Poised to Transform, Connect Smart Communities

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A future where driverless cars are roaming city streets may be closer than you think. Quickly moving past test and pilot phases, autonomous vehicles are now hitting the road in business parks and on limited fixed routes, bringing the promise of increased safety, reduced emissions and the potential for streamlined public transportation.

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