Technology company and community partnerships

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

Samsung Corportation (n.d.).  Hope for children.  Retrieved from