Posts by Kurt Unger

Introducing BRCK Labs

BRCK has always been committed to innovating in emerging markets. Regardless of what we’ve accomplished in the past, we aren’t going to be complacent about the future. And BRCK Labs is how we plan on ensuring that.  At BRCK, we understand that the technology paradigms that work in other parts of the world do not necessarily … read more

Creating World Class Hardware in Kenya

I mentioned BRCK’s “You can do hard things” slogan at the beginning of the Mt Kenya posts.  And it has come up a number of times in other BRCK posts as well. I am going to do my best to relate some of the unique difficulties that we faced over the last few months on … read more

Down Mt Kenya and into the office: picoBRCK learnings.

We’ve been back from Mt Kenya for a week now.  Although many expedition posts are about the exhilarating adventures we have had, the reason we continue to do these trips is because of the field learnings that come about about; some are expected some are unexpected. Batteries are the weakest link.   This was the … read more

Steve’s perspective

Before this expedition I had been to Mount Kenya twice. I was successful in summiting point Lenana the first time but failed the second time. So this was also a revenge mission. I had a cold going into this expedition and it exacerbated itself once I reached the foot of the mountain. I had some big doubts … read more

Mt. Kenya – Summary

Well after a number of targeted posts I want to give an overall summary of our trip. We arrived at Old Moses gate of Mt Kenya last Saturday only to find that the the Kenya Wildlife Service is in the middle of paving the road so we were not allowed to drive on it. This meant … read more

Mt Kenya – The Summit and Back

Mt. Kenya – the Summit and Back – by Paul Birkelo This is the third BRCK expedition I’ve had the privilege to participate in. As one of only two or three people on the now ~50 strong BRCK team who didn’t grow up in Kenya, I’m routinely amazed at the opportunities they’ve given me to … read more

picoBRCK vs. Mountain, Round 1 – Killah Alucho

I can barely move my legs anymore right now. I guess I deserve all of it for choosing to climb Mt. Kenya without any training in the days leading up. Instead, we were spending late nights at the lab coding and building two picoBRCKs that we took with us up the mountain. Despite not feeling … read more

120 hours

The last 120 hours have been an incredibly intense time. We saw beautiful vistas of Kenya from 17000ft, we hiked under a silent canopy at stars in the middle of the night and we ran the picoBRCKs through all sorts of real life IOT situations. Over the next few days the Mt Kenya BRCK team … read more