Category Archives: BRCK Expedition

BRCK Expedition Pemba Photo Essay

November 27th, 2017 by

I struggle to be like Erik and get my images edited and up on Instagram in the middle of chaos.  I come from the days of big cameras, film, darkrooms, and long periods between clicking the shutter and realising a final image.  I like to think about my pictures.  I’m never happy with them and […]

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Eating our Own Dogfood on BRCK Expeditions

November 15th, 2017 by

This last week I was part of a BRCK expedition team that traveled from Nairobi through the Chyulu Hills, and oversea to the small island of Pemba in the northern part of Zanzibar. On the way, we installed some of our equipment, including: A point-to-point link running Moja WiFi, providing free internet access for Kenya […]

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Access Granted

November 13th, 2017 by

Flashback It’s 1995. Computers are a rarity in Kenyan homes but common in commercial banks, government institutions, and private companies and are mostly used to crunch numbers. But somehow my grandfather manages to acquire one for his household (true story!). From memory, it ran some text based Operating System with yellow fonts (which I came […]

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Pemba Experience

November 9th, 2017 by

How well do I know my Swahili language now that I have it as one of the languages that I speak fluently? Pemba expedition has helped me put this on the litmus paper and today’s challenge is purchasing SIM cards for PicoBRCK and SupaBRCK, which are to be deployed at Kokota Eco Primary School in […]

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Of Dhows and Drones

November 9th, 2017 by

Increasingly, tech companies are moving to Shenzhen, Taipei, and Seoul. At the same time, BRCK is getting itself further and further into the remotest parts of Africa. We are a unique company, and we have a unique perspective on tech that makes life mostly hard, but ultimately fulfilling. We talk a lot about ‘You can […]

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Pemba Shimoni

November 8th, 2017 by

This BRCK expedition to Pemba has been two years in the making, and in that time my mind has often considered what it would be like for me to come back to this place. When we left over three years ago, it truly was in a blaze of glory. After accepting a new job in […]

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Breakfast at Mukururo

November 7th, 2017 by

When you hear about breakfast at Mukururo base near Amboseli, what do you think it looks like? Some hyenas eating a lion’s leftovers? Well… I would also think the same, but on 4th November, the view right outside the camp was breathtaking for the team and I bet even the hyenas would agree with me. […]

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Wrestling Buffalo and Chasing Rainbows

November 5th, 2017 by

I love BRCK Expeditions! I love the intensity, the camaraderie, and – above all – I love the adventure. You never know what is going to happen on a BRCK Expedition and that is what makes them so great. It’s been a couple years since my last BRCK Expedition, which was our overland journey to […]

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A Breathe of Fresh Air

March 7th, 2017 by

Being my first time to travel to Samburu, I found it quite exciting getting ready for the trip. We left for Kiltamani Primary School with a fellowship of five: Robert, Eduardo, Sheila, Duncan and I. The Kalama Conservancy is about 400 kilometers away from Nairobi therefore the long journey was expected. Our windows are rolled […]

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2016: The Year at BRCK

January 2nd, 2017 by

2016 proved to be a busy year at BRCK, after we announced our funding round. We started off by getting into our new office, upgrading from the small room we’d used for the previous two years. There was a blur of events, with some of us speaking at WEF, TED, ITU, and many others. A […]

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