During the first few days of this December, over 1,000 civic technologists collaborated around the world during the Sanitation Hackathon. The Hackathon's mission was simple in words, but immense in potential impact: "to tackle leading sanitation challenges." Teams of developers joined to tackle various problem statements that threaten basic livelihood across the globe. Problem statements fell into one or more of seven categories (i.e. governance, handwashing, open defecation, rural, toilets, urban, and waste water).
Google has announced early access to its Cloud Healthcare API. The API provides access to a solution for ingesting and managing key healthcare data. The API also allows users to make that healthcare data available in order to apply machine learning and enable analytics in the cloud.