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York University and IBM want students to tackle poverty in summer smart city challenge

York University and IBM want students to tackle poverty in summer smart city challenge

National Observer - York University is joining with IBM in a challenge for students to reduce poverty in Markham using "smart" city technology.

The school’s C4 collaborative project turns its attention to the top UN Sustainable Development Goal (end poverty everywhere in all its forms) in the latest six-week summer version of the interdisciplinary program, which will also act as a test run of the tech company’s Silicon Valley-based student outreach.

Markham, with a little over 300,000 residents northeast of Toronto, is working to become a smarter city — broadly defined as a more internet-connected one — but it also has a high poverty rate, particularly among newcomer communities from South Asia. Read more.