Do you remeber JERRY, 2011 Humanitech Price, this mobile server, made of basic electronic elements and second-life materials? The project is literally booming and its team organizes for the very first time a parisian workshop so as to build "baby JERRYs".
During a one-week stopover in Burkina Faso, on the occasion of InnovAfrica Forum, the JERRY project took off and widens its public. This annual meeting which gathered more than 150 participants, from 14 French-speaking countries, aims at sharing technological and innovative solutions to local development obstacles.
The tests, made on the spot, were conclusive. The general usefulness of the project is not to be demonstrated, which may facilitate the imminent birth of numerous "baby JERRYs", as the developers call them. The spreading of the concept is made possible thanks to open-source principles: the JERRY team makes the detailed plans and the building and instruction manual available, on the website.
For the first time, the JERRY clan holds a workshop to build "baby JERRYs". To attend it, and also build your own model, meet at the Fabelier, 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Jacques, Paris (14e), on Wednesday 21st of March 2012, from 17 pm on.
There, all components will be available to build several "bay JERRYs", devoted to be given to different NGOs acting for reducing the digital divide:
· One Laptop Per Child deals micro-PCs to children so as they can get a better education and get more connected (therefore aware) of the surrounding world.
· Close the Gap collects old computers and gives them to developing countries local population that requests it, according to its needs and projects. Many computers are also dealt in schools or hospitals.
· Telecom Without Borders installs cyber-cafés managed by inhabitants all over the world, or builds communication centers, in order to enable NGOs to communicate from or to isolated areas and give victim people free calls.
Do not hesitate to join, there is still some place!
That those who are no handymen come anyway, to have a new vision of what a computer might look like.