BRCK: Ushahidi Uses KickStarter to Offer Internet All Across Africa



Internet access is still very hard in Africa. Although complete network coverage is available in many countries, problems persist.

To solve this, Ushahidi has created a device called BRCK (pronounced “brick”). It’s a device that allows you to connect to the internet in all situations, using mobile technologies such as 3G or 4G. The device can provide for up to 20 machines.

Designed to be durable, portable, accessible. It is capable of perform even during blackouts, thanks to its battery that can last up to 8 hours. BRCK can handle the distance via the BRCK Cloud.

With its 16 Go, it can be used as a mini server. In fact, the example given in while presenting the project on crowd funding platform Kickstarter* is to connect to a Raspberry Pi.

It is possible to develop applications for the BRCK, and an SDK will be available with various code exemples to synchronize with your applications on mobile and desktop.

*The project is currently presented on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and its goal is to raise $125,000 to complete. At the time of writing, over $56,000 were raised.


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