Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Problem: Over two billion people living in rural communities in developing countries have limited, if any, access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). When available, the use of such technology can facilitate economic development, education, and faster response time in crises.

Clients: AMD’s 50x15 Initiative; BOSCO (Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach) Uganda Relief Project, Catholic Charities, Caritas, Cornerstone Academies, Cisco’s NEPAD Initiative, Eguitel, World Vision, ActionAid.

Designers: Inveneo Technologies’ Mark Summer, Robert Marsh, Jeff Wishnie and Michael Meisel. Local installation and support partners include Linux Solutions (Uganda), Keyskills (Uganda), Eguitel (Guinea-Bissau).

Solution: Inveneo saw that sustaining communication systems proved difficult in rural situations due to harsh environmental conditions and lack of basic infrastructure, so they created affordable, solar-powered internet technology system that’s easy to install and allows underserved areas access to communication. Inveneo is working to spread this technology throughout Africa, and has already completed projects in Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau.

Completion: 2005 – present (multiple projects)

For more info: Inveneo


Posted May 10, 2007