ANIC is looking for ideas that will transform the way that African media work. This means that your idea should offer significant and tangible improvements to existing tools or techniques, or should propose new ways for African journalists to gather news, tell stories, engage with audiences, or sustain media organisations.
Ideas that have the potential to be replicated or that could scale continentally will have an advantage.
Highlighting Water and Information analogy as basic needs. Water Kiosks can be the place to convey news to poorest citizens.
Nobody is doing something similiar. We want to use open source platforms and open hardware like Arduino, combined with recycled materials to reach people outside the mainstream media influence.
Illiteracy and poverty rates in Kenya are quite high. We want to reach uneducated citizens and allow them to receive info and news of general interest.
Poorest citizens (usually women and youngsters) must fulfill the water needs going to the Water Kiosks. These are also places for them to gather and socialize.
This is the strategic location where we want to install “Kituino”. “Kituino” are IoT objects made with Arduino and recycled materials, that read rss feeds from News from Africa through a speech synthesizer. “Kituino” can be seen as a modern version of the old analog radios. Overcoming the illiteracy obstacle, we allow our users to interact with “Kituino” too. This is a low cost solution whose aim is the creation of a “Kituino” net.
Koinonia, a lay Christian community founded by Padre Kizito Sesana (also founder of Radio Waumini and editor in chief of Nigrizia). Registered in Kenya as a corporate body since 1996, the community is involved in social activities and projects that support the growth of the local society within which Koinonia is based, placing priority on marginalized groups. There is a sister community in Lusaka, Zambia and another one in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.
QQO, a creative think-thank skilled in interaction and service design.
Cremit, a research center on media education and education technology of Università Cattolica di Milano.
After a testing period where we will install free “Kituino” in five Water Kiosks, we aim to stipulate economic conventions with Water Kiosks owners. We will search for sponsors too.
Another objective is to maintain the “Kituino” project open source and sell our objects to interested ONG and private citizens.