Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Flip making waves in Kenya

After my earlier post on the Flip camera I circulated the blog entry on some of the local Kenyan mailing lists. The response has been incredible! Not only do people all over want to get their hands on one of these gizmos, but some guy has had one since November and been producing e-learning content using it.

Since I am Chairperson of one of Kenya's largest ICT social action groups - KICTANET - I shared the possiblities with the programme coordinator, Alice and she was like wow! Let's do something.

So, we are in the process of putting together a programme where we aim to get a bunch of these Flip cameras - put them in the hands of various normal, everyday people, who are affiliated with the KICTANET network, teach them how to use them and then see what happens.

In the process of sharing this ideas in the midst of the flurry of emails that ensued, the CEO of one of Kenya's largest wifi/wimax/fibre networks - Kenya Data Networks - jumped in and said that he would offer free upload bandwidth over their wifi/wimax network which covers most of Nairobi. This is incredible as it means that it will be so-o-o-o-o-o easy for people to upload content.

I'm already talking to a number of other people who might be able to help make this experiment more interesting - the Google Africa folk among others.

Let's see what happens!

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