Outernet, Inc.

Outernet can reestablish basic education services for students in settings where conflict has strained educational resources and disrupted communications

Outernet, Inc.
Outernet's lighthouse hardware system.

Outernet can reestablish basic education services for students in settings where conflict has strained educational resources and disrupted communications


Project Name

Outernet to Support Education in Ukraine's Conflict Zones

Location Implemented

Ukraine

Technology Used

Hardware

Competition Entered

Technology to Support Education in Crises & Conflict Prize

Reading Skill Targeted

Pre-Reading

Status

Conflict Zone - 1st place (tied), Winner

Amount Award

$5,000

Collaborators/Partners

IREX

The Challenge

Natural disasters, health crises like Ebola, and country conflicts including the ongoing war in Syria can severely disrupt the delivery and quality of children’s education. Even after the conflict subsides, interruptions in education can have long-term consequences on student enrollment and retention in school, as well as their cognitive, academic and socio-emotional development.

The Big Idea

Outernet's free data multicast transmits a continuous feed of digital media over 7 geostationary satellites, providing global coverage to its signal. Outernet's Lighthouse receiver stores these files and saves them on its internal drive, which can then be viewed with any browser, on any Wi-Fi enabled device, by connecting to the Lighthouse hotspot. In contexts where conflict has strained educational resources and disrupted communications, Outernet can reestablish basic education services for students.

Blogs and Media

Research and Resources

Connect with the Innovator

Website

https://www.outernet.is/

Organization Type

For Profit

Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois, USA