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Why Silicon Valley should pay more attention to the Great Rift Valley (and other places in Africa)

This is a guest post by Philip Smart, a UNC-Chapel Hill student from the US, sharing his takeaways from a summer in Africa interning for BRCK. BRCK is a disruptive Kenyan startup with a mission to connect Africa to the Internet. Central to the company’s mission is building technology for Africans by Africans—this poster hangs … read more

DESIGN INDABA- OF FLEAS AND LIONS

I recently had an opportunity to represent BRCK in the largest design conference in the world, Design Indaba. At the conference, I had a chance to represent BRCK’s work, but perhaps more importantly, what the work represents in relation to a wider African perspective. Africa has for the longest time endured a perspective and narratives … read more

PicoBRCK for WASH – UNHCR, Dadaab Refugee Complex

There is never a dull moment when the BRCK engineering team goes out for a field trip to test out new tech. The experience and victories gained are always priceless. This time the team set out to the world’s largest refugee complex, about 90km back from the Kenya-Somalia border. The mission, as we had chosen … read more

Furahiday at BRCK

If you ask me, Furahiday is one of the best days for me here at BRCK. It is a day where everyone gets a hands-on experience with users of the Moja Free WiFi out in the field. This is a learning experience for many of us. This quarter’s aim was to interact with users, commuters, … read more

BRCK Expedition Pemba Photo Essay

I struggle to be like Erik and get my images edited and up on Instagram in the middle of chaos.  I come from the days of big cameras, film, darkrooms, and long periods between clicking the shutter and realising a final image.  I like to think about my pictures.  I’m never happy with them and … read more

SupaBRCK at Afro-Tech Fest in Germany

A few weeks back, BRCK was in Germany attending Afro-Tech Fest where we presented our core product, the SupaBRCK, as part of the art exhibition. From 20th to 28th October 2017 the Afro-Tech Fest hosted a week-long festival with talks, lectures, film screenings, performances, DJ sets, concerts, and workshops in various locations in Dortmund. The … read more

21st Century Economies Need Power and Connectivity

I was bumping along a waterlogged dirt road on the island of Pemba a couple weeks ago, trying to find my way to a lighthouse where the BRCK team was setting up a weather station. I stopped to check my map, and had a solid 3g signal I could use to check my map. Looking … read more

Eating our Own Dogfood on BRCK Expeditions

This last week I was part of a BRCK expedition team that traveled from Nairobi through the Chyulu Hills, and oversea to the small island of Pemba in the northern part of Zanzibar. On the way, we installed some of our equipment, including: A point-to-point link running Moja WiFi, providing free internet access for Kenya … read more