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ICTworks Interview: Crystal Watley Kigoni of Voices of Africa

By Wayan Vota on August 5, 2009

Our inaugural ICTworks Interview is with Crystal Watley Kigoni, Voices of Africa who will explain her project, Access to Knowledge, which is better know as “Pimp My Tuk Tuk.

Crystal’s Mobile Information Empowerment Centers will bring computers and the Internet to locations with no infrastructure in a fun, innovative, and sustainable way.

A fully solar-powered ICT-enabled tuk tuk will be driven down roads that rarely see cars to small community groups who previously had no access to information due to lack of electricity and other infrastructure. The Center staff will do an analysis with each community group to determine their current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats and to ascertain their informational needs, downloading, printing, or burning CD’s of the needed information.

Returning each month to provide further resources and analysis, these visits will empower the groups to become more aware of the power and potential of their communities and how ICTs can expand their influence. Further analysis and support will be available at the main training location in Likoni.

See more about this project and other efforts at Voices of Africa.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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One Comment to “ICTworks Interview: Crystal Watley Kigoni of Voices of Africa”

  1. Wayan Vota says:

    Here is an idea similar to “Pimp My Tuk Tuk” from Intel and Kageno. They are going to build a mobile solar computer classroom targeting initially five schools in Rusinga Island, Kenya.

    “The project aims to help students acquire ICT skills while at the same time conserving the environment. A special sports utility vehicle dubbed a ‘computer-lab on wheels’ powered by solar panels and equipped with the Intel powered classmate PCs will travel to rural schools to set up a mobile computer lab and provide access to the schools.”