Just to get this discussion started, here are a few engineering obstacles and challenges we can encounter:
- Power: This is going to be the biggest problem. Reliable power even in more developed regions is not at all guaranteed. We could investigate the optimal use of UPS, batteries and perhaps solar. We should also try to minimize drain on the electrical grid, since it often cannot handle big loads.
- Curriculum: We will need to develop an educational curriculum which encompasses basic internet and the use of desktop applications. We should assume no prior knowledge on anything ICT related. Remember, this is a country where internet is used by less than 1% of the population.
- Target: We should be able to develop a curriculum ranging from primary and secondary education all the way up to higher education. Even at higher education level, the use of Internet and especially engineering courses in the field, are negligible.
what do you mean "We could investigate" it's far better to assume there will be problems
and no kit where you are at the time, and never forget the basics here.
http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/16 ... amera.html
a super small and cheap HD cam around 7980 yen,
7980 Japanese yen = 96.42234 U.S. dollars
7980 Japanese yen ==59.91GBP
after all you DO want to video this for later PR uses and even run a live/recorded quick (within 30 seconds to set up) http://www.veetle.com/
stream when back at base with perhaps enough bandwidth for at least 500KBit/s small SD AVC video if not set for good quality 1.1 Mbit/s HD video upload streaming.
they will want to do things like that once your gone for sure..
you might also want to setup a http://go6.net/4105/download.asp
IPv4 to Ipv6 tunnel connection too just in case the local ISP is restricted and OC you can usually (multicast) real-time stream over that free ipv6 tunnel to with VLC to other go6.net users etc if ipv4 unicast veetle doesn't run in efika etc.
although power developer, Genesi and other commercial sponsor's and power to the people web side sites should already be made go6.net IPv6 connectible and allow some few gig's of free video storage and steaming etc from these well connected servers already, to make life so much easier to expand, or even finance and put a few new POP's in place locally as part of the ipv6 go net global freenet Genesi ARM ipv6 upload and streaming from low bandwidth upload connection etc initiative you just got the idea to create :D
there's also the wrong assumption that power will be there when you want it, so a
Solar-Powered Backpacks oc
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/a-sola ... video.html
but id imagine they are expensive and the included PV looks to small OC even for efika topup so id probably go for the usual DIY approach and get something like this
Portable solar generator built into a protective briefcase making it ideal for camping, caravanning or marine use
Powerful 13 watt solar charger
Charges 3V, 6V and 12V appliances
Flashing charge indicator and blocking diode
Dual junction amorphous solar cells lead to less power loss
Includes 4A charge regulator
Integrated adjustable angle support
Complete with all leads needed - suitable for all 12 volt battery systems
or even one or two of this might do at a pinch
http://www.maplin.co.uk/solar-powered-1 ... rger-98358
plus oc the http://www.maplin.co.uk/12v-sealed-lead ... ies-265437
get several plus connecting leads/plug's etc in a size you think you can carry for a reasonable time
and dont forget your http://www.outdoorgb.com/c/12v_kettles_cookers/
of your choice to go along with the above :D and a bunch of mosquito net....
id also assume there are many people there that would love to make a community Wireless LAN/WAN given a few cheap 12v DC wireless router's and/or USB sticks
and a copy of http://www.zeroshell.net/eng/
bonded over two or 3 11n channels etc OC to increase local community bandwidth.
dont forget the FreeNAS live CD http://sourceforge.net/projects/Freenas/
to go with them nor the collection of cheap 1Gbit ethernet and patch leads to make that storage from a collection of old hard drives in a really old PC
and a DIY http://www.usbwifi.orconhosting.net.nz/
point to point stored page to help them make a simple longer range directional connection or 3 between community island's too...
so remember to pack a few of these too dont assume you can do it when you get there, and remember to leave them behind when you leave and give out as you find suitable people to instruct and set-up and run them etc...
think practical and almost instant with what you take, not ill nip down the local electrical shop to get what i forget to buy at home...
it's not like your trying to make and sell these is it :D
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/30/insi ... ssias-soc/