A USB Stick to Deliver Computing to the World’s Poorest Areas?

Posted on May 19 2014 - 9:26pm by Paul

Could a simple USB flash driver be the solution that allows millions of people to revive old computers and get an extremely low cost computing experience?

The plan comes from a start-up company called Keepod. The people behind it are called Nissan Bahar and Franky Imbesi. Their idea is to providing an operating system which comes on a cheap USB stick.

Keepod has been launched on the Indiegogo fundraising site. In fact, with just 6 weeks of fundraising carried out the total amount of money raised has now reached close to £25,000.

Two Thirds of the World Has Restricted Computer Access


Currently, it s estimated that about two-thirds of the people in the world have little or no access to computers or the internet. This project to get more people using computers is going to be tested out in Nairobi in Kenya initially.

The Mathare district of the Kenyan capital is home to half a million people who have an average daily income of just £1.20. This low-level of income means that very few of the people who live there have access to computers or to the internet.

The USB stick from Keepod could potentially be used to get old and discarded computers back working again. This would make it far cheaper than buying a new machine. It would also means that recycled PCs that have been used by various people over time won’t get clogged up and end up running slowly through the hard drive getting overly filled.

The USB stick would cost about £5 when it goes on sale.

Do you think this idea could help more people enjoy the benefits of computer use?

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