Solar-Powered Computer Labs for Rural Schools

On an otherwise reasonable evening in July, more than 1,000 people packed an auditorium in Boulder, Colorado,  for the culmination of the 2014 Unreasonable Institute. They came to watch 11 ventures present their solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Here, in on of those talks, we hear from Unreasonable Institute fellow Laura Smeets, project manager for Greenlink. Her company builds and leases solar-powered computer labs for off-grid schools in Tanzania, where 96 percent of rural classrooms lack electricity. Greenlink leases the labs at low cost to schools that cannot afford their own solar-power systems, then provides support in the way of teacher training, computer instruction, and curricula.

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