Computerworld Honors 2013: Tech projects that are changing the world

These organizations are using technology to solve some of society's most pressing and complex issues.

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Mobile Access

Organization Project Name Project Achievements
Merit Network Inc. REACH-3MC (Rural, Education, Anchor, Community and Heathcare -- Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative)

Constructing 2,287 miles of middlemile fiber-optic infrastructure solves backhaul problem in rural Michigan; led by Merit Network, REACH-3MC engages seven commercial ISPs to create infrastructure to serve homes, businesses and community anchor institutions

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21st Century Award winner
California Emerging Technology Fund, California 2-1-1/ United Ways of California CETF Get Connected Grant New technology platform allows 2-1-1 network to share expanded resource information across 27 counties, enabling 90% of Californians to quickly get assistance from network workers; helps low-income residents find computer training and tools Finalist
Novation Driving Down Costs by Mobile- Enabling the Healthcare Supply Chain Suite of price benchmarking and cost management analytic applications in medical, surgical and pharmaceutical areas empowers hospital personnel to make instant decisions; allows them to get key pricing and financial information wherever they are Finalist
Samsung Electronics America Samsung Smart School Solution Multiplies Success for Geeter Middle School Math Students Memphis, Tenn., school pilots Samsung SmartSchool Solution package, which includes tablets and an interactive whiteboard; system better engages students in their lessons by making learning more fun and better enables teachers to monitor students' progress and do real-time coaching. Finalist
Continuum Health Partners Inc. Improving Patient Outcomes Through Predictive Analytics Mobile device applications access data in real time to help healthcare providers predict, profile and identify complex patients and patients not classified correctly upon admission, as well as better identify patients' conditions to produce the best health outcomes Finalist
2X Software Voices of September 11th Software allows Voices of September 11th workers to sign in from any terminal or device and access data, as well as scan and enter images of 9/11 victims from any location
American Cancer Society (ACS) Mobilizing Cancer Awareness ACS chooses cloud-based Moovweb platform to power its mobile sites to quickly deliver its mobile presence while staying fully in sync with desktop site content and features, including the ability to accept donations
Arshnet Technologies G7Security System pulls cybersecurity-related Web content as well as Cyber Security Alerts from the National Cyber Alert System and delivers the content to mobile users via an app that shows security activity and trends
Canvas Ante Up -- Sabi Sands Companywide Ante Up program provides the Sabi Sand Game Reserve with free and unlimited access to Canvas mobile apps, enabling conservation officers to more effectively combat animal poaching
Cisco Systems WebEx Social Employees turn to the IT Mobility Services Community in Cisco's enterprise collaboration platform WebEx Social for all of their mobile device needs, including rate plans, setup information and support for all types of devices
City and County of San Francisco Street Lights Mobile App Application using Google Maps and GPS technologies allows residents to report streetlight problems and track repair work via mobile phone; provides residents with an easier way to submit problem notifications while giving the city more specific information, helping to speed repairs
City of Columbus -- Department of Technology MyColumbus Application gives residents, businesses and visitors access to government, public services and community features from mobile phones; uses integrated technologies such as GPS for location services, RSS for city news feeds and a social media center
Hennepin County Hennepin County Medical Examiner Merger Office merger prompts drive to create efficiencies through infrastructure redesign that includes mobile computing, which allows physicians to manage and review cases from anywhere at any time so they can more easily stay current with cases
Indiana University eTexts Initiative Aiming to reduce the cost of course materials for students, university transitions to digital textbook model for its eight campuses; upgrades wireless LAN infrastructure and develops new technologies to support the initiative
Lehigh Valley Health Network iPads for Home Health Services Equipping workers with iPads creates direct connections to agency applications, allowing nurses in the field to work live on a server, which enables better security and time savings by eliminating the need to transfer data
LifeWIRE Corp. Interactive SMS as an Intervention for Supporting Veterans at High Risk Suicidal Software uses text messages to maintain contact with veterans at risk of committing suicide; improves clinical outreach, reduces workload and enables rapid response to events before they escalate into crises
Net Power & Light Global Live Classroom Powered by Spin Live Studio Spin Live Studio by Net Power & Light turns Harvard University professor's course into global classroom; requiring no hardware outside of a few iOS devices, Spin Live Studio is simple to pop up and remix in each location
Team Rubicon Operation Greased Lightning Veteran Emergency Response Teams aiding Hurricane Sandy victims use iPads and smartphones to take photos of damage and file requests for supplies and repairs, while Team Rubicon analysts in command center track and respond to needs
Technology Works Public Computer Center Rabun County sets up two public computer centers that offer 30 workstations, teleconferencing capabilities and free computer classes to improve workforce development, education and healthcare services
The Smithsonian Institution Audio Tour: "Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey" Free mobile application functions as both exhibition companion and standalone introduction to Romare Bearden's work; app uses uniquely creative approach incorporating music and website links to deliver insight to users
Tohono O'odham Community College iPad Therefore I Am Introduction of iPads at tribal college serving Tohono O'odham Nation helps increase student retention, attendance and participation in class by providing hands-on learning that students enjoy and by making material more engaging
U.S. Coast Guard USCG Provides Secure Mobile Access with Good Technology Good Mobile Connection allows USCG to provide secure mobile access to information behind the firewall, enabling users to communicate efficiently, reliably and securely across the Coast Guard's large geographic coverage area
Welfare Client Data Systems CalWIN Benefits Mobile Applications for Android and Apple smartphones and tablets provide enhanced self-service capabilities to families in need of health and social services assistance, including a streamlined application for disaster assistance

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