The executive director of UN Women told a forum on cities against poverty that technology is significantly supporting initiatives to make cities safer places. And she brought some issues to the discussion not often heard in smart cities discussions: women's participation and equal rights.
Health and human services
Out of 20 cities evaluated in the UK Smart Cities Index, Leeds placed fifth in terms of smart health initiatives. Thanks to its long-term growth strategy “Getting Leeds Working,” Yorkshire’s largest city has created an Innovation Health Hub that acts as an open platform for healthcare data, which is being used in initiatives such as an innovation lab, health-related mobile applications, a digital teleconferencing centre, and a clinical training and simulation centre.
Karlsruhe, the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg, has had a three-prong plan in place since 2012. Working together with the administration, public and relevant companies, Karlsruhe developed the framework for a sustainable urban mobility system that not only highlights transportation development, it also ensures equal mobility opportunities for everyone in the city.
Malnutrition and hunger rates remain high in several parts of the world, and are exacerbated by inequality in many. A series of UN reports outline the crisis and insist that governments at all levels urgently need to address the issue with better policies and infrastructures and a stronger commitment to ending hunger.
Spokane, Washington's smart city living lab Urbanova already has noteworthy milestones under its belt. Now, with new partners and resources it's intensifying its efforts to create a smarter, safer city — and a template other cities can use to do the same.
Adopting and adapting smart city technologies successfully is a challenge for many cities. And for cities like Portland, Oregon, homelessness is a serious challenge too. A local Portland city university is establishing two new research centers to find solutions for both of those challenges.
Seattle is partnering with its most innovative tech companies to solve one of its most pressing issues — one of the worst homeless problems in the country. Learn about its Innovation Advisory Council and why you may want to start your own.
The need for skilled professionals capable of running tomorrow's smart cities is growing faster than the available talent pool. One solution: programs for middle and high school students designed to get them interested in the science of smart cities early on in their education — and thinking about it as a possible career choice.
A report on the first six months of operation for a Juneau, Alaska homeless housing program made it very clear that the program is doing precisely what it promised to do: provide housing for those who otherwise wouldn't have it and significantly reduce the use of local emergency services.
Is your city's quality of life as good as it could be? A new report outlines several ways cities committed to their citizens' wellbeing can do more to ensure a truly livable future for them.