People in the poorest nations take a risk anytime they drink from an open-water source. Is it clean today, or is it swimming with raw sewage? This app helps to identify which wells and streams are relatively clean by letting users report pollution sources that they happen to encounter, like leaking sewer pipes, overflowing sewage outflows and unmarked defecation fields that could send bowel-twisting microbes into the water the next time it rains.

5 Ways The Smart City Will Change How We Live In 2012

'A city’s infrastructure is comprised of a number of systems, including transportation, sewage, utility, and public and private buildings. Urbanization and proliferation of these systems are key to quality of life, but also create a significant toll on the sustainability, energy efficiency and capacity level of a city. Smarter buildings technologies can help the government make it possible to better “listen” to the abundance of information emitted from buildings. This includes thousands, if not millions, of data points produced each week from a proliferation of embedded technologies in data centers, water delivery systems, heating and air-conditioning, security devices, and office equipment.’

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Lansing, Michigan - a rising technology powerhouse

I have lived in Lansing for 30 years and have watched recently change from an aging, auto centric area to one of the most thriving dynamic incubators for new technology!  With its cost of living relatively inexpensive compared to either coast Lansing is rapidly becoming THE place for new enterprises.