Introduction

From 26th to 27th  February 2020, Africa Higher Education Research Institute participated in a one and a half day hackathon at the University of Muhimbili in Dar Es Salaam Tanzania. The Hackathon brought together all the Basic Internet Foundation partners in Tanzania and Kenya. AHERI was represented by Mr. Robert Owino Director Community Initiative Support Services and AHERI and Mr. Barrack Otieno Director Information and Communications Technology.

The hackathon brought together Community Network Actors, Academia, Regulators and Private Sector players. Various issues were discussed included but not limited to:

  • Emerging technologies such as 5G and 6 G
  • Use of the Universal Service Fund
  • Building Community Networks using Television White Spaces
  • Policy challenges when deploying information spots in Communities

Objectives of the Hackathon

The objectives of the one and a half day hackathon were  to:

  • Teach participants how to “test and measure” parameters prior to installing an information spot
  • Provide a forum for participants to share their information and experiences.
  • Perfom a hackathon on (“how to install”) an information spot

Outcomes

The Hackathon on building information spots brought together Basic Internet Foundation partners from 5 countries and focused on the technical understanding on establishing information spots with Internet lite.
Considering the success of Village/School/health facility connectivity by the Basic Internet Foundation  through the Digital Literacy Project , participants were taken through the process of establishing information spots.
Knowledge transfer and collaboration between the University of Oslo, Basic Internet Foundation and participating countries was agreed on to ensure local competence in establishing , operating and maintaining information spots.
African Child presented its work on women and girl child empowerment highlighting the need for capacity building in addition to deployment of information spots.
AHERI presented a report on the deployment of the first three information spots and asked to establish 1500 sites.
BOACSE has successfully connected two schools and envisions to connect another 130 schools in Mbeya Tanzania

More information on the Wiki below.
https://its-wiki.no/wiki/DigI:TZ-Hackathon_Feb2020