Join thousands discussing urban sustainability issues online

Unique Jam event will focus the collective brainpower of virtual crowds on the world’s worst problems

From December 1-3, the Habitat JAM online event will bring together tens of thousands of people from around the world to discuss and debate some of the most urgent and controversial issues that face our rapidly urbanizing planet:

  • Improving the lives of Slum Dwellers
  • Sustainable Access to Water
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Safety and Security
  • Finance and Governance
  • Humanity: The Future of Our Cities

The Habitat Jam is a unique 72-hour online global problem-solving session which is being held as part of the preparations for the third session of the World Urban Forum from June 19-23, 2006 in Vancouver, Canada.

The Sponsors are the Government of Canada, UN-HABITAT and IBM who are providing Jam, an Internet-based, collaborative environment which can accommodate more than 100,000 participants worldwide.

IBM will also analyze the data collected using tools such as the "eClassifier" text-mining tool which is used behind the scenes to surface themes within large collections of unstructured information and supports classification, taxonomy management, trend detection, document feature understanding and visualization.

To participate you can sign-up at the Habitat JAM web-site .

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