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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Organization Project Name Project Achievements  
School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida Learn Ideas, Navigate Knowledge (LINK)

Program provides digital literacy training, computers and broadband Internet service for low-income students and their families, opening up new opportunities and broadening horizons as it bridges the digital divide

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21st Century Award winner
CA Technologies National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) Finds More Children with Successful IT Management CA Technology solutions ensure NCMEC staff and partners as well as the public have 24/7 access to systems that help identify and protect vulnerable children; solutions give NCMEC the ability to provide faster response to potential issues and improve the quality of IT management Finalist
Tech Impact (formerly NPower Pennsylvania) npCloud: Nonprofit Cloud Technology Services Suite Suite of nonprofit cloud technology solutions paired with education and wrap-around implementation and support services brings cloud-based services to nonprofits, enabling greater efficiencies Finalist
DataKind DataKind To foster use of data to serve humanity, initiative enlists data scientists from the private sector to volunteer for multidisciplinary teams that help world-changing organizations analyze data to solve problems Finalist
Infor Infor Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Help Build Affordable Housing Donations and discounted prices of Infor products allow nonprofit Habitat for Humanity to standardize on Infor solutions, enabling organizationwide visibility into costs as well as in-depth analysis and forecasting to facilitate improved, more informed budgeting decisions Finalist
Allstate Insurance Co. Allstate Fellows Program Program grants employees paid leave to allow them to help manage and lead short-term, high-impact projects in areas such as information systems for nonprofit organizations, enabling participants to use their professional skills to strengthen communities
AMD Foundation AMD Changing the Game Program seeks to better engage young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by having participants create video games around social issues; program focuses on four areas: game design, game competitions, curriculum and advocacy
Budge Inc. Budge Award-winning mobile and social platform allows users to challenge friends to any activity, with the loser making a micro-donation to charity; aims to engage Gen Y users in philanthropy through a seamless and enjoyable interface
ConnectToTech Inc. ConnectToTech Online Suite of online complementary technology platforms offers educational resources as well as automated tool for volunteer groups to conduct volunteer-matching, advancing the group's mission of engaging Long Island, N.Y., students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
Credit Suisse -- Information Technology Hurricane Sandy Recovery -- Habitat for Humanity Setup After Hurricane Sandy displaces Habitat for Humanity from its Manhattan office, longtime partner Credit Suisse provides relocation space; Credit Suisse IT staffers volunteer time to set up Habitat's technology, getting it operational after just one night
EKOICT ICT Training Kits for Hearing Impairment Project aims to make textbooks on information and communication technologies accessible to hearing-impaired individuals by translating ICT terms into meaningful sign language context and using technologies such as Web-streaming video and a flash-animated application
Institute of Information Science (IZUM) Institute of Information Science Gives Entire Slovenian Population Access to Public Library System Institution provides library information service to more than 600 Slovenian libraries, allowing the entire country's population to have anytime access to the national bibliographic system as well as resources for research, education and culture
(ISC)2 Foundation Safe and Secure Online Program Program produces nearly 900 member volunteers who since 2006 have provided instruction to more than 95,000 children in Canada, Hong Kong, the U.K. and the U.S. on how to protect themselves online and become responsible digital citizens
Kellogg Co. Project Lantern Building on their partnership with a local branch of the National Alliance of Mental Illness, IT workers undertake project to enhance organization's Ending the Silence website, resulting in a more visually appealing site with enhanced features
LINGOs (Learning in NGOs) SCORM Dispatch: Enabling LINGOs Members to Make Independent LMS Decisions and Access LINGOs Catalog Consortium that shares learning resources and experiences makes donated e-learning courses available to its members through a learning management system (LMS) that creates a seamless interface between this program and member systems to ensure easy access to material
Littelfuse Inc. Next Generation Development IT team helps build next generation of technology workers by mentoring and training college students and inner-city youth who want technical careers, volunteering more than 2,000 hours of time to date
McAfee McAfee Online Safety for Kids Program Using content and materials provided by the company, employees volunteer to train school-age children in ways to stay safe and secure and maintain good ethics in their online behavior; safety program is free to schools and youth groups
MCNC Fiber Build to Serve Community Anchor Institutions A $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network results in a 2,600-mile fiber-optic network touching 82 of the state's 100 counties; gives state a competitive advantage and allows community anchor institutions to keep up with bandwidth demand
NetSuite Corporate citizenship program with mission to help nonprofits donates company's cloud-based business management suite and employees' expert assistance to selected charities to help them run their organizations more effectively and efficiently
New Signature Opportunities for Youth Company initiative engages its employees in community programs focused on youth, including Year Up, Alliance for Excellent Education and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship; company offers financial support as well as volunteer time
Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) Stepping Up to Algebra -- 1:1 Computing Labs Intensive 75-hour summer program serves nearly 1,000 students and continues with afterschool sessions to improve students' math proficiency; SVEF achieves 1:1 computing ratio in program with donated Dell thin clients
SMART Technologies SMART Learning Space Anti-Cyber-Bullying Campaign and SMART Exchange Training and professional development team develops online program to educate people about cyber-bullying; additionally, SMART Exchange provides online community and database so Canadian teachers can access classroom-ready resources and connect with colleagues
Solstice JobPrep Development of Job Prep mobile application gives job seekers in Illinois a comprehensive career-building resource with features to assist them through all phases of job search
The Hershey Co. Hershey's Learn to Grow: Ghana Distance Learning Program Working with Cisco Systems, Hershey brings broadband Internet and videoconferencing to remote Ghanaian elementary school, establishing connection to Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania and other organizations globally; also enables adult education and other services
TIBCO Software Inc. Sisters of Mercy Improves Chronic Care with TIBCO Software enables remote monitoring of patients' vital signs so clinicians located anywhere in the health system can monitor patients while other software unifies electronic records to create a single snapshot of each patient's medical history, all helping clinicians deliver better care

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