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As we observe World Food Day on October 16th, more than 800 million people will be hungry. And it’s not just this one day. Every single day, in every corner of the world, one out of every nine people lacks adequate food to eat.

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At the same time, more than one-third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted. Instead of filling a hungry stomach, much of this food goes to landfill, where it immediately begins to produce methane gas, a greenhouse gas with more than 26 times the heat-trapping capacity of carbon dioxide. Greenhouse gas damages our water supply, land, and air – thus substantially harming this and future generations.

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To mark the launch of IBM’s annual Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign (ECCC), more than 200 IBM volunteers from the company’s Research Triangle Park (RTP) campus worked with Habitat for Humanity to construct a three-bedroom home for a family in Wake County, North Carolina. The ECCC offers IBM employees an opportunity to contribute their time, talent and financial support to the communities in which they live and work. Through the program – which consolidates all local community fund drives into a single, national fundraising event – IBMers have contributed more than $955 million since 1978.

IBMers participate in Habitat for Humanity "Wall Build" in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

IBMers participate in Habitat for Humanity “Wall Build” in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

At IBM sites around the U.S. – including Atlanta, Austin, New York (mid-Hudson Valley), Rochester and Silicon Valley – hundreds of IBMers have met with dozens of community service agencies, conducted nonprofit beneficiary workshops in such vital areas as Project Management and Social Media, collected and donated food and winter clothing, assisted veterans’ groups, and have volunteered to assemble such donations as charitable food backpacks and children’s dental health kits. Company-wide, IBM employees will engage in a variety of “We Care” projects similar to the Habitat for Humanity house building, and will be able to designate local, regional and national charities to receive regular financial contributions through payroll deductions during the ECCC election season, ending
October 26.

Sheila Appel is the U.S. Regional Manager for IBM Corporate Citizenship and
Corporate Affairs.

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India’s explosive economic growth has led to a shortage of qualified teachers in STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics) subjects. Nearly 200 million Indian students lack access to quality STEM education. Government, industry and nonprofit stakeholders have rallied to help close the gap, but the challenge is too great for any single sector to overcome alone.

A Teachers TryScience workshop on designing low-cost science experiments

A Teachers TryScience workshop on designing low-cost science experiments

That’s why IBM and Agastya International Foundation – the world’s largest mobile education program for low-income children and rural teachers – have worked together since 2010 to improve education for distant and disadvantaged students. Read about how Agastya’s Lab in a Box and IBM’s Teachers TryScience program together are playing an essential and innovative role in improving access to quality STEM education for India’s youth.

Read “IBM Teachers TryScience: Collaboration with Agastya International Foundation”.

Nitin Bhargava is a Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager with IBM in India.

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Mayors are using data and analytics as the basis of collaboration with nonprofits, local agencies and others to improve the quality of life for city residents. Addressing such essential issues as health care delivery and public safety in an era of diminishing resources requires a smarter approach to identifying and making use of actionable information.

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At this week’s IBM THINK Forum in New York City, leaders from around the world will gather to discuss the transformational convergence of government services and big data. Tune in to the IBM THINK Forum on October 8 and 9 to discover how big data is helping decision makers engage with the people they serve.

Read “Cities at Forefront of Using Technology and Data to Solve Problems

Myung J. Lee is Executive Director of Cities of Service, a coalition of nearly 200 cities whose mayors are committed to using volunteer service to solve local pressing challenges.

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October, 1st 2014
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On Saturday, September 20th, I had the opportunity to meet a special group of new students at Richard J. Daley College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. These students came in on a Saturday to learn about the Daley College community and the resources available to support them on their educational journey.

The author addresses the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy convocation in Chicago

The author addresses the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy convocation in Chicago

What distinguishes this group 100+ students is the fact that they do not yet have a high school diploma. They are taking courses at Daley College while enrolled in Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, one of five Early College STEM Schools created through partnerships among the Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago, and five technology companies led by IBM – creator of the P-TECH grades 9 through 14 schools model. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched the Early College STEM High Schools in 2012 based on recommendations from an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge partnership with the City.

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September, 26th 2014
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Perth – Australia’s most westerly capital city – is known for its sunshine, its natural beauty and its relaxed pace. With an estimated population of a little over 1.97 million, Perth is Australia’s fourth most populous region and is growing rapidly. And that growth requires a strong and considered strategy for city development.

The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Perth team with the Lord Mayor of Perth and Council project sponsors

The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Perth team with the Lord Mayor of Perth and Council project sponsors

To ensure that we provide the best possible services to our citizens now and well into the future, it was clear to us that Perth needed to be smarter in the way we collated, distributed, accessed and used key infrastructure data. Transport, water, energy and other infrastructure utilities need to be in sync with each other for us to be able to plan and use resources in a valuable and efficient way.

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As in many parts of the world, India is experiencing challenges in delivering quality education to all children. In a recent skills assessment, for example, a random sampling
of students performed significantly below expected levels in mathematics, geography, general science and social studies – all in spite of a 12.3 percent increase in nationwide education spending.

Young learners explore math and science concepts on IBM KidSmart modules

Young learners explore math and science concepts on IBM KidSmart modules

To secure its future in the global economy, India needs to focus on outcome-based approaches to education, writes GMR Varalakshmi Foundation Community Services Director Dr. Meena Raghunathan. In her latest article for the Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs blog for IBM in India, Dr. Raghunathan praises the use of IBM KidSmart computer learning modules as an effective way to attract and engage young children in math and science education. Through the holistic approach of KidSmart, she writes, technology becomes part of a child’s “overall experience” – engaging the senses and opening the door to future learning.

Read “What Are Students Learning?” here.

Nitin Bhargava is a Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager with IBM in India.

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IBM’s breakthrough technologies in cloud, analytics, mobile computing, social computing and data security are transforming the way companies do business and governments serve their constituents. That’s why IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs was so excited to work with the government of Córdoba Province, Argentina to improve the teaching of English in more than 100 public schools across the province.

The author outlines the benefits of IBM's new technologies during Córdoba’s second annual IT Education Week

The author outlines the benefits of IBM’s new technologies during Córdoba’s second annual IT Education Week

I recently had the chance to discuss IBM’s new technologies with more than 100 educators and members of the general public during Córdoba’s second annual IT Education Week – the largest technology event in a city with global aspirations to become a hub for innovative technologies. IT Education Week is hosted by education and technology specialists with the goal of raising technology awareness among the general public and decision makers in the public and private sectors.

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September, 18th 2014
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As IBM announces Watson Analytics – developed to make sophisticated data analysis more accessible to non-technical users – more than 40 IBM Watson employees are collaborating with students at The City University of New York (CUNY) to focus Watson’s cognitive computing powers on improving higher education and the delivery of city services. Today’s IBM Watson Employee Day of Service at CUNY will complement IBM Watson Case Competitions held at colleges and universities across the U.S. to increase awareness of the transformative power of cognitive computing.

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The Watson Case Competitions also will inspire students to advance their skills related to cognitive computing, and help them differentiate themselves in the marketplace as they prepare for 21st century careers. The case competitions are part of IBM’s global commitment to advancing the academic rigor and economic relevance of education, and providing graduates clear pathways to good jobs.

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Joe Keenan, executive vice president of The Nature Conservancy’s Latin America region, leads a staff of more than 320 people based in sixteen countries. Under Keenan’s direction, the Conservancy designs innovative strategies focusing on water, food, and infrastructure: collaborates with indigenous communities to help protect their rivers and forests; and establishes partnerships with the private sector to foster sustainable business and agricultural practices. IBM’s Corporate Service Corps interviewed him in connection with our engagement with TNC in the Amazon.

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