Computerworld Honors 2012 Winners: Using technology to benefit society

These organizations are putting technology to work for people in need and changing the world for the better.

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Economic Development

Organization Project Name Project Achievements
U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation Service Winner: Cloud Services Innovation Platform This platform facilitates the migration of existing scientific modeling applications to a cost-effective commercial infrastructure-as-a-service cloud environment to increase availability of environmental models used to help farmers and ranchers in their conservation efforts. Read more...
BANSEFI Finalist: BANSEFI's Correspondent Program Project utilizing fingerprint recognition for customers and operators creates a correspondent bank network to provide financial services to and encourage saving among Mexico's poor
Ethiopia Commodity Exchange Finalist: Ethiopia Commodity Exchange End-to-end platform provides real-time market data and a commodity grading system for farmers that guarantees commodity quantity and quality and establishes a system for the daily clearance and settlement of contracts
Michigan Department of Technology, Managment and Budget Finalist: USAHerds Cattle Tracking: Protecting Michigan's Food Supply Tracking technology and processes provide a sustainable mobile system that ensures a high degree of animal and disease traceability for Michigan livestock and livestock imported into the state
MicroGraam Marketplace Pvt. Ltd. Finalist: MicroGraam Platform allows urban professionals to provide microcredit to underprivileged borrowers in rural India and to set terms that reflect the loan's purpose, while also minimizing transaction costs
Boston Technologies Inc. Boston Technologies' Start Your Own Brokerage Offering and Liquidity Bridge Technology Completely customizable solution includes everything an entrepreneur needs to start a foreign exchange brokerage, opening up the market to those in emerging economies and minimizing manual trading operations and associated errors
City of Riverside, Calif. Innovation Economy Initiative A high-tech road map created by government, education and business leaders sets goals for attracting new high-tech businesses, incubating start-up technology companies and creating high-paying jobs in the region
Dextro LLC Dextro's online Education Learning Platform Platform aims to help small and midsize business owners and employees in Mexico by providing access to training and content that teaches business and entrepreneurial skills and best practices at minimal cost
Donlen Corp. Fleets for Change Web-based program provides commercial fleet companies with a way to calculate a carbon baseline from which to improve the efficiency of existing vehicles though driver behavior training, route efficiency and other best practices
Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd. Mobile Wallet Development of a mobile banking program makes banking services accessible and convenient to Bangladeshis who otherwise have limited or no access to them, while creating a low-cost transaction methodology for the bank
Entrepreneur Support Center Entrepreneur Support Center High-tech facility featuring business-grade computer and telecommunications equipment along with professional business consultants from the region helps entrepreneurs launch successful companies in an area of high unemployment
G20 G20 OpenText Social Workplace provides a secure, cloud-based mobile collaboration platform that allowed representatives of different countries attending the G20 Summit in Toronto to work together and collaborate on world financial issues
Government of the District of Columbia, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Program Management Office - Enterprise Contracts Management Services Citywide Information Technology Staff Augmentation (ITSA) Initiative aims at improving contract processes resulting in reduction of average time-to-hire for IT contract staff while also expanding the number of Washington-based Certified Business Enterprises participating in the work
Gulf JP Company Ltd. Gulf JP Company Ltd Supports Imperative Business Continuity Company's 2011 update of IT infrastructure ensures business continuity in the main industrial zones of Thailand, the areas most important to the country's economic development
Hewlett-Packard Co. HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs, (HP LIFE) Through equipment donations, training and online resources, this program enables access to the business and IT skills that aspiring entrepreneurs need to turn their ideas into thriving companies
Kellogg Co. Project Boot Camp Web-based information portal provides social workers helping veterans with a centralized link to information, resources and benefits, allowing for more effective, timely and targeted assistance for veterans
National Telecommunications & Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) - US Dept. of Commerce A $4 billion investment of grant money is helping close the digital divide by providing and improving high-speed Internet access for underserved populations
One IT World Corp. Government Central Payment Service for Online Taxes A service-oriented integration architecture between El Salvador's Ministry of Finance and 10 major banks creates a more efficient and reliable framework for taxpayers to make payments at banks that the government receives online
SunGard Financial Systems SunGard MiFos 2 As part of its community service initiatives, SunGard develops cost-effective Web-based open-source technology and efficient processes to help microfinance institutions better manage their loan and repayment programs
UNED, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia Distance education improvements in customized classrooms by means of virtual desktops Deployment of a virtual desktop infrastructure provides a work environment for students and staff that's efficient, cost-effective and consistent across more than 60 learning centers

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