An important part of our work is to research into ways to adapt, localize and improve new technologies so as to facilitate their usage in developing regions.
Our main contributions can be found in applied research, adopting first world technologies to challenging environments.
We do not see research as a goal. Published papers or received awards are not as important as witnessing how our work is quickly replicated by others in real life scenarios.
A few examples of applied research include:
- 2000: First Linux distribution with native support for wireless lan
- 2001: First rural wireless community network in Sweden
- 2002: First wireless lan connection to a passenger boat
- 2003: First wireless lan interconnection of national Universities in Laos
- 2004: First office suite software in Swahili
- 2005: First free and open training materials for wireless community networks
- 2006: Largest contribution of African locales to Unicode
- 2007: First community wireless resource center in Uganda
- 2008: First rural wireless ISP in Nigeria
- 2009: Largest submission of locales to Unicode
- 2010: First deployment of Village Telco in Africa
We like to believe that a lot of our work has inspired others, and we enjoy knowing that people copy and adapt what we do.