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App helps users find local fruit and veg that just turned ripe
Supermarket groceries spend weeks or even months being stored and transported before arriving on the shelf, and they’re often picked well before they’re ripe because of this. Companies such as FreshRealm have aimed to improve on this, promising food from farm to table in around two days by directly connecting individual producers and consumers through the US postal system. Now a platform from Australia called RipeNearMe is enabling local growers to share their excess fruit and vegetables, notifying neighbors when the best time to pick up the produce in its prime. READ MORE…
Video chats connect language students with native seniors looking for conversation
Online education is booming thanks to platforms such as Khan Academy, YouTube tutorials and even educational video games such as Koe, which recently crowdfunded on Kickstarter. However, language-learning especially is a skill that’s best acquired by speaking one-on-one with natives on a regular basis. Aiming to facilitate this, a new service in Brazil called Speaking Exchange is enabling students to practise their English through video chats with US seniors in retirement homes, who benefit from regular conversation. READ MORE…
Project leverages Instagram to clean up abandoned bikes on NY streets
We’ve already seen Canada’s Trashswag help document the useable goods that are left on the sidewalk. Now the Dead Pedal NY project is getting residents to document the city’s abandoned bikes via Instagram so authorities can do something about it. READ MORE…
Community boxes let city residents share anything
While startups such as Boxbee aim to turn customers self storage assets into a shareable library of goods among friends, a new project in Switzerland is taking a similar concept into the public sphere. Boîtes d’Échange Entre Voisins — or Neighborhood Exchange Boxes — are a network of brightly-decorated repositories where residents can leave books, toys or other items they’d like to give to the community. READ MORE…
3D-printing medical supplies on-demand in Haiti
Natural disasters can hit countries hard, and Haiti — which experienced a massive earthquake three years ago — is no exception, and that’s to say nothing of the poverty that pervades the country’s society. Vital community resources are often low, or missing altogether, especially when it comes to healthcare. Now a new project called iLab Haiti is hoping to use 3D printing to solve some of the country’s immediate needs. READ MORE…
Storefronts get a different pop-up each day
In the Lower East Side of Manhattan, there are around 200 storefronts that are left unused. At the same time, there are many entrepreneurs and small enterprises that could make temporary use of those spaces to grow their businesses. miLES is a new project that aims to provide the tools to help anyone transform those empty spaces into working venues that change on a regular basis. READ MORE…
Investors scheme supports local artists, offers artworks instead of shares
For a while now, the community-supported agriculture model has been connecting residents with locally farmed goods in return for investing in those farms. Aiming to do the same for the arts, CSA+D in Brooklyn, NY, is a studio which enables those in the community to purchase shares in the work it produces. READ MORE…
Crowdsourced sportswear is doing away with ads and stores
Major sports brands like adidas and Nike have built up their brands over the last several decades and taken advantage of multi-million dollar marketing campaigns to get their name known worldwide, but how can a young startup such as London’s Tribesports compete? In order to make its range of sportswear more affordable than high street brands, it is fostering a community of loyal customers through crowdsourcing and fitness tracking. READ MORE…
In the Philippines, credit checks based on social media profiles
Recruiters are already using social media sites to find out more about job applicants’ histories and personality, so it stands to reason that other industries might follow suit. Sure enough, Lenddo is a financial lender based in the Philippines that takes into account customers’ social network profiles when determining their credit score. READ MORE…
4-acre urban farm is made up of multiple resident’s gardens
While the Netherland’s Dakboerin has helped urban gardeners to build new growing spaces on city rooftops, Green City Acres in Canada is making use of existing greenery, taking over resident’s gardens to create a decentralized farm. READ MORE…
Government-created app suite aims to improve experience of Brazilian city
While Boston authorities are making their civic services mobile with its City Hall To Go scheme, the Brazilian city of Curibita is using a new suite of apps to benefit its residents. Passaporte Curabita features a range of apps that aim to improve users’ experience of the city. READ MORE…
Online farmer’s market enables local, subscription-based food communities
It may be feasible for a large hospital to build and operate its own organic greenhouse, but that’s simply not an option for countless other organizations and communities, however much they might want similar produce. Enter Farmigo, a site that connects local farms with groups such as workplaces, schools and community centers for custom delivery subscriptions direct to a convenient community location. READ MORE…
In Cairo, crowdsourced app challenge seeks to ease traffic congestion
Crowdsourcing has already been used to good effect to help provide potential solutions to social issues, such as unemployment in ireland or helping businesses go green. Now, the Egyptian government is calling on citizens to come up with a way to solve the capital’s traffic problems through its Cairo Transport App Challenge. READ MORE…
In Beijing, citizens build and fly kits equipped with air pollution monitors
We’ve seen numerous technology-based efforts aimed at giving citizens the power to monitor their environment, including the Montre Verte project for assessing air quality in Paris. Taking an airborne approach to much the same problem, FLOAT is an initiative to teach residents of Beijing how to build and use kites equipped with air pollution monitors. READ MORE…
Citizen polls printed on posters gather replies via text message
Code for America initiatives have appeared on our virtual pages on several occasions before, including wildfire warning system Prepared.ly just earlier this month. Now joining the list of the nonprofit’s civic-minded efforts is Textizen, a system by which citizens can respond via text message to quick polls posted around the city. READ MORE…