The emergence of GoodWorld, a Washington DC based startup, reflects a growing need to harness the power of social media to generate social change. The technology enables users to donate directly to a cause without leaving Facebook or Twitter.
The blind and visually impaired community numbers over 285 million people globally, many of whom are disconnected from everyday technology due to archaic or expensive accessibility tools. A new startup, Conversant Labs, is working to change that reality with its new conversational applications called Say Apps.
Aspire is a social enterprise that uses the commercialized production of insects to address food insecurity around the world. Rich in protein, iron, and calcium, insects are already eaten by two billion people, 140 million of whom live in urban slums.
For an estimated 3 million wheelchair users in the US, city sidewalks pose a barrier to mobility and independence. A new startup, pathVu, is working to change that with an app, which will build a global map of sidewalks to improve accessibility, walkability, and safety of sidewalks.
When you invest in a woman, you invest in her entire community. The Chicago-based social startup SHIFT trusts impoverished women to distribute resources effectively. Established in 2014, the business helps women through direct cash payments. The contributions cause the she effect: improvements in health and education, reduction in crime, and ultimately poverty alleviation.
In a world that is becoming increasingly fast-paced, it can be difficult for those suffering from disorders such as autism to keep up. As teaching is accelerated among young age groups, autistic children often find themselves left behind. With modern technology, however, many developments are being made to help these children in ways that would simply have been impossible a decade ago.
It has been estimated that a shocking one in four children in foster care in the US falls victim to human trafficking. A new startup, Marinus Analytics, is working to change that statistic with a new software called Traffic Jam.