"THE HELLO HUBS OPEN UP THE WORLD."
Free, online, open source learning to explore the world's body of knowledge without limitation.
Project Hello World is based on the belief that isolated and vulnerable communities across the globe deserve Internet connectivity, access to information and educational resources, opportunities to learn, and thus the chance to build a better future. In remote and neglected parts of the world, Project Hello World mobilises communities to build Hello Hubs, solar-powered outdoor Internet kiosks, with state-of the art technology including high quality solar panels, satellite connectivity, rugged, waterproof touch-screen monitors with keyboards, camera and audio equipment. Hello Hubs are designed to withstand extreme outdoor weather, are dust- and waterproof, and energy autonomous, which means that they can bring connectivity and education to some of the most isolated and marginalised communities.
Hello Hubs are designed to provide underprivileged children and adults with the opportunity to access information online as well as through the use of preloaded educational software such as Edubuntu and the Khan Academy. The Hello Hubs allow users to educate themselves, share their stories, play online with friends around the world and discover what it means to be a global citizen. It gives them the opportunity to explore the world’s body of knowledge without limitation, led by their natural curiosity and desire to learn.
Since 2013 Hello Hubs have been used by over 4,000 community members in Sub-Saharan Africa for education, exploration, connectivity and play.
HELLO HUB FEATURES
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. These resources are accessible on and offline to empower children to learn digitally.
A station for charging personal devices such as mobile phones and tablets.
Access to information:
Users are provided access to vast resources available online, including vocational education and business-related best practices, ability to publicise products and/or services, share local news and stories, practical solutions to community problems and challenges.
Personalised user experience:
Each user is provided a personal login for the Hello Hub system, which loads a personalised desktop and encrypted storage.
Users can safely store documents, photos and other files using Hello Hubs, which is particularly meaningful to vulnerable people who are at risk of displacement and losing their possessions.
Preloaded Skype and email services to allow individuals access to free communication methods.
Community Internet access:
A 24/7 WiFi access point to provide Internet connection for community members’ own mobile devices.
SPECIFICATIONS AND STATISTICS
Hello Hubs built to date (2016): 5
Currently serving: 1,654 individuals
Build time: 2 weeks
Design specs: open source
Dimensions: 10'H x 6'W x 6'L
24 hour WiFi access point
USB charging point for personal devices
2 large touch screen monitors
2 rugged keyboards
3 solar panels with batteries
2 benches for both children and adults