Project Hello World

Project Hello World provides isolated and vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa with educational content and Internet access through outdoor solar-powered Internet kiosks, the Hello Hubs.
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Year launched: 
2013
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CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Projects For All
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Location Data

State/Province: 
Niger State
City: 
Suleja
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Program Description: 

Project Hello World is based on the belief that vulnerable communities across the world deserve connectivity, access to information and opportunities to learn. In remote and neglected parts of the world, Hello World mobilises communities to build solar-powered outdoor Internet kiosks to provide underprivileged children and adults the power to educate themselves, communicate with others and have a voice in the global community. The "Hello Hubs" are designed to withstand extreme weather and are energy autonomous, which means they can bring connectivity and education to some of the most isolated communities. Each Hello Hub is equipped with state of the art technology including solar panels, satellite network connectivity, rugged, waterproof touch panel monitors, keyboards, cameras and audio equipment.

Hello Hub features: 

  • * Personalised user experience: Each user is provided a personal login, which loads a personalised desktop and encrypted storage;
  • * Cloud storage: Users can safely store documents, photos and files, which is particularly meaningful to vulnerable people who are at risk of displacement and losing their possessions;
  • * Communication: Preloaded Skype and email services to allow individuals access to free communication methods;
  • * Access to information: Users are provided access to vast resources available online, including vocational education and business-related best practises, ability to publicise products and/or services, share local news and stories, practical solutions to community problems and challenges;
  • * Educational tools: Access to preloaded educational software such as Edubuntu, which provides application bundles that group educational software by grade level, as well as Khan Academy, standard Office applications, and a wide range of learning activities and games, such as KGeography, Gamine, GCompris, Kalzium; 
  • * Power:  A station for charging personal devices such as mobile phones and tablets;
  • * Community Internet access: A 24/7 WiFi access point to provide Internet connection for community members' own mobile devices.

    

Highlighting Innovation: 
Hello Hubs are rugged, outdoor, solar powered systems made of entirely off the shelf components. Further, community led involvement throughout the process of the construction as well as maintenance thereafter is essential to sustainability.
Key Challenges: 
Access to funding is the key impediment to further development and scaleability of Hello Hubs.