A project aiming to set up communication networks following major floods and hurricanes has just grabbed IBM's top hackathon prize.
In May this year, computer giant IBM put out its first Call for Code - an international hackathon event which asked developers from around the world to create digital solutions for disaster relief efforts. More than 100,000 developers from 156 nations participated in the event, and this Monday, IBM officially announced the contest winner: Project Owl.
MotorLeaf introduces a green-fingered AI which can help indoor farms match the growing food demands of the future.
The recent expansion of agricultural tech, combined with emerging food security concerns, has led to the development of modern agricultural practices which seem a million miles away from the rolling green fields and romanticised ideas of farming yore.
A severe drought can devastate harvests and lead to nationwide famine. This low cost greenhouse could make that a thing of the past.
A growing world population combined with climate change induced weather patterns means food security is fast becoming a critical global concern, especially in developing nations where these factors are generally more prevalent.
Refugees and asylum seekers forced to leave their homes are often found without paperwork, posing problems for them and for legal authorities in proving their very existence.
Without paperwork, it's impossible to prove your date of birth, open a bank account, access government services, and even get a legal job. Blockchain technology offers an interesting solution here - being able to track an identity on a ledger via a unique, immutable and independently verified record provides new opportunities to tackle this problem.
A new affordable, climate-change-resisting greenhouse could help strengthen rural Indian farmers' defences against extreme weather conditions.
When farmers in rural India sow their seeds, there is no guarantee they'll be harvesting them, with extreme weather conditions – exacerbated by climate change – frequently threatening their crops and livelihoods.
While World Water Day encapsulates all aspects of Earth's most precious resource, including a focus on minimising flooding, lessening the impact of droughts, recycling water, and reducing contamination, the availability of water is, for many, an on-going concern.
Providing off-grid fresh water is not a simple task, but solar-powered fresh water production is now a possibility for anywhere with sunshine.
Want to show solidarity with the world's refugees, but not sure how? Your computer, tablet, or phone is a pretty good place to start.
There are over 65 million people worldwide who are currently displaced due to conflict, persecution or natural disasters - that’s more than the population of the whole of the UK. But while the scale of the situation seems overwhelming, there are a huge number of online platforms that make it easier than ever to stay informed and get active.
Researchers have developed a new algorithm that harnesses refugee data in order to better predict the outcome of placements in host countries.
A new study, developed by US and European researchers, claims that data algorithms could be used to much more efficiently place refugees in new communities and jobs.
Chatterbox, a social venture based in the UK, is training refugees to become language teachers.
The UK is home to hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled war and persecution in their home countries and are looking for a better future. But, despite their high levels of education and their ability to speak (often several) different languages, many of them often struggle to find a job.
Written by Sarah-Indra Jungblut, 13-11-2017
In areas where the internet doesn't reach, or where access has been cut off, FreeCom makes it possible to send and receive crucial messages.
Written by Ana Galan
A Colombian start-up is using drones to improve access to health care for people living in remote areas.
There are still lots of places in the world that are incredibly hard to access due to their difficult landscape and lack of infrastructure. People living in those areas often have to spend hours covering small distances in order to reach basic services such as healthcare.
Written by Tristan Rayner, 02-11-2017
In areas where supplies are scarce and infrastructure non-existent, could Field Ready's 3D printed solutions be the future of effective humanitarian aid?
Disaster relief is always a challenge, with humanitarian efforts hampered and people left isolated and displaced. Electricity and fresh water are scarce, while aid can take days or even weeks to arrive in disaster zones via fragmented supply chains. Infrastructure is often non-existent.
Written by Laura Wagener, 12-09-2017
Working with small farmers around the world, Conflictfood’s fairly-traded hand-picked regional products help strengthen economies and create opportunities for local communities.
How do you set about mending the destruction caused by years of conflict and rebuilding your home, neighbourhood or city, when political instability make it impossible to get hold of the necessary resources? Two Gazan women set about doing just that, and have come up with a durable and affordable building block made out of waste materials: Greencake.
Hovering low over the ground and shooting mangrove seeds into the water, drones may become a common sight in Myanmar by the end of the year. It's part of a reforestation project that aims to restore a natural ecosystem that is beneficial to wildlife, the environment and the local population.
Written by Annalisa Dorigo, 02-08-2017
In refugee settlements across the world, convenient transport facilities are one of many daily hurdles faced by the people who live there. But in one refugee community, in Orangi Town, Pakistan, a new award-winning project has set out to make mobility as easy, affordable and green as possible. Introducing Roshni Rides and their innovative system of solar-powered rickshaws.
Two volunteers working with refugees in Berlin set out to create a solution to the administrative and financial challenges that stop refugees accessing higher education. In 2015 they founded Kiron Open Higher Education.
Written by Julian, 27-06-2017
The medical startup AIME has successfully combined public health data and artificial intelligence to come up with a method of predicting the outbreak of epidemics before they even happen.
Written by Marius, 06-08-2015
When it comes to human rights violations, it is often the weakest members of our society who are hardest hit. This is especially true for those who have no one representing their rights on their side. Using the latest technology, satellites can now be used to detect crimes. For our RESET special 'Drones and Satellites for Good', we show how two projects are working towards protecting human rights by using satellites images.
Initially developed for military purposes, satellites are these days being used more and more frequently in the fields of enviromental protection and humanitarian aid, opening up completely new possibilities in the fight against illegal logging, epidemics, environmental pollution and facilitating in monitoring and protecting endangered species. But what do satellites actually do and how is their data used? Can they really be helpful as environmental and development aids?