Category Archives: Using BRCK

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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Visiting our Solomon Islands Schools

May 17th, 2016 by

BRCK has been known for developing products for the edge of the network and very remote regions of the world. Lately our products have been pushing even what we as BRCKers consider the edge. One of our biggest themes is the “if it works in Africa, it can work anywhere.” And that was never more […]

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BRCKs in Education: Studi Academy, Tanzania

July 21st, 2015 by

We’re receiving increased interest from Education focused organizations to use the BRCK to enable access to their content both online and offline. One of the partners we’re working with is Studi Academy in Tanzania. Studi is passionate about changing how students in secondary schools in developing countries learn. They provide an online platform for students […]

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The BRCK at Rhino Charge 2015

June 2nd, 2015 by

The Rhino Charge is an annual off-roading competition in Kenya where racers are required to visit a number of checkpoints while traveling the shortest possible distance across difficult, trackless terrain, where speed is not a necessity although you have to complete the race before 5:30pm. You can see some of our coverage from last year […]

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Internet, Even When the Lights go Out

December 23rd, 2014 by

As a Kenyan company based in Nairobi, we know first-hand the challenges of dealing with power cuts. So we built a router that stays online when the lights go out. Our team was down in South Africa, a couple weeks ago, which has some power issues that they’re working through. This means different neighborhoods have […]

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BRCK Nile Expedition Redux

December 19th, 2014 by

With all the hubbub about the team’s epic three week dash to South Africa and back, some may have forgotten that only a month and a half ago, the other half of the team were cruising Lake Victoria and the Nile in Uganda. The video edit is done, though, so we’re bringing it back! We started […]

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Expedition Technology – Part II

December 3rd, 2014 by

Thanks goodness for BRCK.  Unfortunately this will be my last expedition post this trip. I’ve had to leave the guys early to make a dash north to sort out some business. If it weren’t for BRCK I’d still be in Livingstone. When the news came that I had to come back to Nairobi, we knew […]

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How the Internet of Things Can Help Save Our Rivers

November 16th, 2014 by

You’ve been hearing a lot about our recent trip to Uganda, and we’re not through yet! In addition to working with Hackers for Charity, connecting schools around Jinja, and wirelessly controlling underwater robots, we wanted to explore the IoT side of the BRCK, too. A number of people we’re working with are keen on using […]

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Expedition 2014 – Exploring Edtech on the Water

November 1st, 2014 by

It’s that time of year in Kenya again – the “short rains” are coming, there’s a slight chill in the air, and every now and then, the sky opens up for a brief deluge of water. It’s hard to avoid getting wet during the rainy season here, something we’ve designed the BRCK to handle (in […]

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BRCK How To: Tear Down

September 18th, 2014 by

So, you want to hack your BRCK, eh? Good for you! There are all sorts of goodies inside that you can use to do everything from monitor remote sensors to boil water (with a couple infinite loops thrown in your code, of course). If you want to take your BRCK apart, just be aware of […]

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