A team from the University of Oxford hopes to lift five million people in rural Africa and Asia from water-related poverty by linking smart water pumps to the cloud. Learn in this video from Microsoft Research how Cortana Intelligence Suite is empowering project partners including UNICEF to monitor the health of water systems at regional scale.
Food and Water
By 2030, the demand for fresh water is projected to outpace supply by almost 40%. With a goal of moving companies to net-zero water usage, Ecolab and Microsoft are taking on the world’s water challenges. Watch a short video to learn more.
Bees are dying and that puts our food supply at risk. By putting micro-sensors on bees and Intel Edison technology in their hives, Paulo de Souza is hoping to save them from extinction. Click for a fascinating video about his work.
Some 23 million Americans currently don't have access to grocery stores, according to this video from the California Academy of Sciences. Learn how young people are designing creative solutions to give more people access to fresh and healthy foods and combat food deserts in our communities.
The CloudFisher collects drinking water from fog without requiring energy. As this video explains, it is quickly installed, is extremely low-maintenance and all materials used are food safe.
Achieving the transition to "resource-smart" food systems will require better policy-making as well as a collaborative and proactive multi-stakeholder approach. Watch this UN video to see how resource-efficient technologies contribute to food security.
As part of its Smarter Cities Challenge, IBM experts went to Birmingham, Alabama to help the city tackle its 'food desert' challenges and other issues, including economic development. Watch the video for information that could help your city make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible to citizens.
With food scarcity an enormous concern worldwide, stopping food waste is critical. In India, it's estimated 40% of food is wasted between farm and table. Learn in this video how India has focused on innovative food processing and packaging technology and high-tech mega food parks to reduce food waste and hunger.
By improving internal efficiencies and external relationships using Microsoft Dynamics software, City Harvest has nearly doubled its rescued food deliveries in New York City while keeping costs the same. Learn more in this brief video.