re:publica 2023

Upcoming Event: re:publica 20


Session 1: Offgrid and offline – How to build your own solar-powered autonomous network where there is no infrastructure. Link.


Session 2: What’s in a net? An open discussion about resilient and decentralized local alternatives to the global internet. Link.

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Event: Open Toolchain Foundation Hackathon

In one month from today the nimble will be the test subject for the first Open Toolchain Foundation engineering hackathon with Open Source Ecology Germany e.V. (non-profit), HIWW Hamburger Institut für Wertschöpfungssystematik und Wissensmanagement , Association for Progressive Communications, FreeCAD Project Association, kicad.org, & others!

In addition to testing/developing the OTFN open source engineering software toolchain we’ll explore how open hardware design combined with decentralized manufacturing can enable underconnected communities to connect themselves.

Keen to join? Register here!

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BattleMesh v14

Wakoma Endorses BattleMesh v14


BattleMesh is back, and in person for v14!  

Wakoma is proud to endorse and attend this year’s Wireless Battle of the Mesh hosted by the Ninux / Fusolab crew in Rome, Italy.

The event aims to bring together people from across the globe who are interested in community networks, including wireless mesh network technologies, fiber infrastructure, Do-It-Yourself Internet Access Providers, and more generally how to create and maintain a thriving community of people involved in building their own networks.

We envision 4 days of expert presentations, practical workshops, hacking sessions, and fruitful discussions: whether you are a mesh networking enthusiast, community networking activist, protocol developer, or have an interest in networking in general, come and join the event!

BattleMesh is free of charge and open for all.

This year, the event will take place from Monday 19th to Wednesday 22nd of September, 2022 in Rome, Italy! It will be followed by the RomHack Camp on September 23-25, also in Rome. Check out more information at https://www.battlemesh.org/BattleMeshV14

Our team endorses and supports “Wireless Battle of the Mesh – Building Community Networks for Fun and Non-Profit” not only for the efforts made by its community to advance the field of wireless mesh networking and foster the development of grass-roots community networks, but for their contribution to digital freedom rights movement, empowerment of peoples tech/net/media competency and a free and open civil society.

Wakoma is glad for our team to promote this event and engage in discussions around “Decentralized manufacturing of open source connectivity infrastructure” and “Localized services and content production and sharing”.

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nimble Wins Best Overall Proof-of-Concept in the 2021

IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Challenge

Original Post here.

PISCATAWAY, N.J.—IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced the innovators and strategists who took the top prizes of the first IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Challenge.

The winning teams were announced and select teams presented their solutions at the inaugural IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Summit, a virtual event that will be accessible online through 31 December.

“Bringing together those from around the globe with the insight and expertise on technologies, business models, and community enablement will help move us closer to pervasive global internet connectivity and its life-changing benefits of connectivity for health, education, and economic opportunity”

The Challenge called for applications in two tracks: a ‘Proof-of-Concept’ track for those who had a demonstrated pilot, and a ‘Concept Only’ track for those with undemonstrated ideas. Within those tracks, competitors could submit into three sub-categories of solutions that uniquely address the digital divide: technical innovations to provide connectivity to unconnected populations, business models that make connectivity affordable in unconnected communities, or innovative community enablement programs that increase adoption and use of the internet among populations that previously did not use it.

Winners were selected from more than 250 entries from 69 nations, and $60,000 in cash prizes were awarded. The top winning teams are:

    • Best overall Proof-of-Concept, award sponsored by Facebook Connectivity: Eric Nitschke, located in Prague, Czech Republic, with the ‘nimble,’ an open source, portable, and offline-first wireless mesh network for and by underserved communities. The nimble is currently being deployed in
      South Africa, Canada, and Czech Republic with upcoming deployments in Mexico, Kenya, India, and the USA.
    • Best Overall Concept, award sponsored by Microsoft: Rahma Utami and Muhammad Noor of Jakarta, Indonesia, with Ba11y, a crowdsourcing accessibility reporting platform for systematic reporting of websites or apps inaccessible to people with disabilities. Implementation is planned in Indonesia where the website and apps will be used nation-wide. Prior to product launch, the solution will be tested with visually-impaired respondents who live in Java and Bali.

In the sub-categories, winners include:

    • 1st Place, Technical Proof-of-Concept, award sponsored by Intelsat: Sarat Pradhan, Niladri Pradhan, and Soumyaprakash Das, of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, with InterGram, advanced digital development centers for delivering essential community services over high-speed broadband. The solution has been deployed in the rural village of Balipadia in the state of Odisha. New deployments are planned for two other rural areas within Odisha.
    • 1st Place, Community Enablement Proof-of-Concept: David Johnson and Melissa Densmore of Cape Town, South Africa, with iNethi, an open-source content sharing and services platform for community wireless networks. There are currently three iNethi deployments in Cape Town. There will be another new Cape Town deployment in 2022 as well as a confirmed deployment to take place in Karnataka, India.
    • 1st Place, Business Model Proof-of-Concept: Ignacio Prieto-Egido of Madrid, Spain, and Cesar Cordova Bernuy, Leopoldo Liñan Benitez, and Juan Antonio Paco Fernandez of Lima, Peru, with their pilot of platforms to increase sustainability and impact of communications services in Peru. The solution is being deployed in the Napo and Santiago River regions of Peru and can be replicated in other Latin American countries.

A group of over 20 judges from across the globe with expertise in the technology and business of providing connectivity led the selection committee, reviewing and scoring all submissions. Learn more about the winning submissions at ctu.ieee.org.

“Nearly 50% of the world’s population are not yet connected to the Internet. The Digital Divide is closing too slowly and it is unevenly
impactful on women and people living below the poverty line, whether in remote or urban areas,” said Sudhir Dixit, co-chair, IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Challenge and Summit and co-founder of the Basic Internet Foundation. “IEEE wanted to do more to help close this gap.”

“Bringing together those from around the globe with the insight and expertise on technologies, business models, and community enablement
will help move us closer to pervasive global internet connectivity and its life-changing benefits of connectivity for health, education, and economic opportunity,” said Ashutosh Dutta, co-chair for IEEE Future Networks and chief 5G strategist at Johns Hopkins University.

The IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Challenge and Summit are organized by IEEE Future Networks, which is engaging professionals worldwide from industry, government, and academia to work together to solve the challenges associated with 5G and beyond systems. IEEE Future Networks includes contributions across many IEEE societies and has several working groups for which it seeks volunteers from both industry and academia to participate. Learn more about the winning submissions at ctu.ieee.org and futurenetworks.ieee.org or connect via these social media channels:

About IEEE

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