BRCK by BRCK – Solving Last Mile Connectivity in Africa

“What if we could overcome the problem of unreliable internet and electricity, and reduce the cost of connection?” The BRCK was created to meet this challenge. This portable, rugged, self-powered Wi-Fi device makes accessing the internet simple and reliable, no matter where you are.

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Can Radio Change a Country?

Radio – not internet or television – hits the widest audience in the world. It is a low cost yet powerful communication medium, capable of reaching even the most remote, isolated and vulnerable people. It has infiltrated closed societies, like the USSR and Eastern Europe during the Cold War, and subverted governments that limit freedom of information as a means of preserving their power. In the case of North Korea, radio is the only non-regime source of real-time information and news available across the whole country.

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Social Networking for Marginalized Communities

Mobile Vaani, launched in 2011, has brought social networking to rural India and resulted in an innovation in communication across the country. Created by Gram Vaani, which means “voice of the village”, it builds technology to induce marginalized communities to voice their news, concerns and demands. Circumventing problems of interpret access and literacy, the vocally-based program works through rudimentary cell phones.

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Breaking Down Linguistic Barriers with Words of Relief

Disseminating information is critical in the aftermath of a humanitarian emergency. But for aid workers operating in a foreign country, even basic verbal communication is sometimes impossible. Linguistics barriers can pose a major constraint on the ability of aid workers to effectively identify need, share information and deliver services to crisis-affected populations. With Words of Relief, a translation crisis relief …

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Improving Farming through Radio Waves

Farm Radio International has been using radio signals to communicate information on lifesaving practices and programs for communities across Africa. Their programs discuss matters such as maternal health, nutrition, and agriculture. They have recently partnered with the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) and World University Service Canada to evaluate the results of one of their unique programs. The radio …

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