The Digital Drum: rugged computer kiosks for rural Uganda…and beyond
In Kampala, Uganda, 3 engineers/IT experts had an idea to build a rugged computer kiosk from an oil drum – and along with a team of car mechanics they built a first prototype in February 2010, over the course of 3 days.
Other prototypes have followed, and UNICEF, the government of Uganda, and NGO and private sector partners are preparing to roll out the first working models in the 2nd half of 2010 – at schools, youth centers, and other community access points. The goal for the community kiosk project is to create information access points for every village in Uganda, so that all citizens will have better access to critical health and educational material, as well as be able to access government services, view progress in development projects across the nation, and report on issues in their own communities.
The Digital Drum is coming to Maker Faire Africa 2010.