If you are not part of creating the evolution – your skills will always be a step behind
“Alone you can repair cellphones forever – but if you are not a part of the evolution your skills will always be a step behind”.
Transforming local digital know-how into Frugal Digital ingenuity
Unlocking community know-how
Safeguarding water or the metal?
Pilfering metal taps to sell as scrap metal is common place in India. But pilfering water from a community bore seems more commonplace now. Putting a lock on the tap seems to have its message clear!
Can there be digital solutions to water woes – Measuring salinity and purity, disinfecting, dosing supply or safe guarding the resource?
In the most remote villages, which are off the grid, how can we sterilize medical equipment to perform the most basic procedures?
Here were some very simple ideas we saw: (Left) A pressure cooker repurposed with a gauge to work like a simple auto clave; (Right) A OT sterilizer which works on a single phase electricity and consumes 0.15 Kwh can work in places with little electricity or even off a truck battery.
In a large democracy, it seems, its quite hard to get your voice heard. Put to effective use is electronics here, by local repair shops who can basically hack any music system and add speakers of any size and help fit it onto your vehicles. Very effective for mobile propaganda, particularly if you have to louder that the street’s bustling sounds.
Ubiquitous mobile phones
A man at a public telephone booth (Public Call Office, PCO in India) using a mobile phone.
Many people seamlessly change between their mobile phones and the telephones to take advantage of the calling rates. Its often cheaper or no call at all to receive calls, while it is often cheaper to use the telephone to make calls.