Stephanie Chard, an ischool student contributed this find in our discussion about access. It’s a program funded by Samsung and I think a great model for how companies can collaborate with communities to resolve issues of access and affordability.
Hope for Children is a Samsung program that worked to create rural solar powered internet schools in Sub-Saharan Countries in Africa.
Though upstate New York does not have issues with electricity, it could use a partnership like this as a model for finding solutions to the lack of high speed internet, winter heating solutions and technological expertise.
Akl, A. (2014, June 20). Africa’s solar powered schools bridge digital divide [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://blogs.voanews.com/techtonics/2014/06/20/africas-solar-powered-internet-schools-bridge-digital-divide/
Samsung Corportation (n.d.). Hope for children. Retrieved from http://www.samsung.com/us/hopeforchildren