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BRCK Expedition 2016 – Mt Kenya: Update

It has been three days since our team set off for Mt Kenya and so far the climb has gone well! The weather station, through the PicoBRCK has been sending back data, which you can view here and you also follow the team’s progress up the mountain via GPS. We will leave the equipment there…
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Mt Kenya in 36 hours

Our very sweet new office has the statement “you can do hard things” stenciled onto one of the brick walls. And the last week has been a testament to that across the entire staff.  The software team has done some absolutely incredible stuff with the BRCKOS on the SupaBRCK prototypes.  The KioKit team has been…
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New Office

When BRCK started out, it was just four of us in 2013.  At the beginning of the year (2015) we had nine people so we did not take up much space.  Ushahidi were gracious enough to share their office space with us as we continued to grow. With time, the BRCK team grew to almost…
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Hacking away at Mozfest 2015

The internet, to me is the most amazing invention of all time. It takes interaction and sharing of ideas to a whole new level breaking every barrier previously known to man. In appreciation of this every year Mozilla gathers makers, designers, builders, coders and creative folks to come into one innovation garage. This allows individuals…
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Connectivity in Tsavo

Half way between Nairobi and Mombasa are two of Kenya’s largest national parks Tsavo East and Tsavo West.  These parks are known for both their wildlife and also their fairly severe poaching problems.  To counteract this Tsavo West National Park has created a 1002 km sanctuary within the park specifically for protecting rhinos.  It has…
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An afternoon with Zambian entrepreneurs at Bongohive

We spend the afternoon at BongoHive today interacting with the tech community in Zambia. Who was there? We had product based start ups, some service based start ups, education based programs, some designers and developers. It was cool to meet these young entrepreneurs thinking of hardware DEMONSTRATING THE BRCK First Reg Orton and Phil Walton…
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Expedition Technology – Part I

Along this trip, we are really putting the BRCK to the test. We are trying as hard as we can to dog-food this thing in the most extreme environments to see where it falls down and where it stands up. Here is just a snippet of what we’ve learn’t so far. Some of it reinforces…
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Experiencing connectivity across African borders

One of the challenges while traveling across Africa is connectivity. The experience of getting connected is often quite slow and unpredictable, especially when you are transiting through countries with places to be before  dark. Yesterday was a case in point.  We were trying to get an MTN Line in Zambia so that we could connect…
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