Connectivity is essential, even when infrastructure is spotty due to wireless connections, intermittent power, or devices that can’t share connections. Seeing this, Ushahidi set out to redesign connectivity for the world they live in – Africa. They laid out what such a device would look like – physically robust, able to connect to multiple networks, a hub for all local devices, enough backup power to survive a blackout. And out came BRCK, a device created to be a backup generator for the internet. It is a rugged modem and wireless access point that can connect to the internet via Ethernet, wi-fi, and 3G or 4G mobile networks. It can hop from one network to another and switch from mains power to battery power as required.

Watch Juliana Rotich’s TED Talk explaining what BRCK is.

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