Knight News Challenge 2013 - Abayima

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Abayima is a non-profit tech organization that works to ensure citizens are always connected in times of crisis.

Abayima is a non-profit tech organization that works to ensure citizens are always connected in times of crisis.

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  • 1. ABAYIMA2012 KNIGHT NEWS CHALLENGE
  • 2. ICT Communication is relied upon byActivists • Journalists • NGOs • Citizens • First Responders
  • 3. TELEPHONY MOBILE WEBINTERNET MOBILE DATA SINGLE POINT OF FAILURE NETWORK PROVIDER / ISP
  • 4. Vulnerable toOppressive Governments • Terrorists • Surveillance • Natural Disasters
  • 5. 6 Billion Mobile Phones UsersApproximately 4 Billion Feature Phones
  • 6. _Mobile phone access reaches 3/4 of the world’s population_6 billion mobile phone subscriptions_5 billion of which are in developing countries_Approximately 90% are feature phones
  • 7. _No Secondary Communication Functions (RFID • WIFI • BLUETOOTH • NFC)_Affordable Hardware ≠ Affordable Data_Globally Ubiquitous_Part of Daily Behavior
  • 8. _Most existing solutions focus on solutions that do work, but which assume some level of technical sophistication. (ex. Mesh Networks, Encryption Browsers)_Or, the tech is not yet pervasive enough (ex. near-field)
  • 9. OPEN SIM KIT (OSK)Turning 4 billion feature phones into a communication platform
  • 10. _Open source_Resilient in times of crisis_Navajo Codetalkers & Jewish Resistance in WW2, the Underground Railroad, the runners of Sparta_Business opportunity: Allows publishers to reach a previously unreachable potential mobile audience of 4 billion
  • 11. _Conducted a pilot during the 2011 Uganda Elections_New pilot planned with Radio Netherlands Worldwide in Kenya_$150,000 seed funding from Knight Foundation_Seeking developers, additional funding
  • 12. ABAYIMA.COMTHE RIGHT TO INFORMATION By: Jon Gosier Email: info@abyima.com URL: http://abayima.com Twitter: @abayima