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The Village Telco
                             and
                The Mesh Potato
                                       ...
Connectedness
The average
 Kenyan spends
more than 50% of
 their disposable
income on mobile
     services.
Communication Networks




12
Efficiencies   Innovation
1.
 Tinkering
     is the new
 inventing
“Economic growth occurs
    whenever people take
  resources and rearrange
them in ways that are more
       valuable. A u...
What would happen
 if everyone had the
 freedom to tinker
    and adapt their
telephone networks?
2.
 Emergence
     is the new
       order
From a mechanistic
metaphor...
... to a more organic,
living metaphor
Telephone          Internet
Infrastructure   Infrastructure
What would happen
 if we could deploy
telephone networks
more like Internet
     networks?
3.
 Quantity
     is the new
     quality
Google's Search
   Servers

      Lots of
   inexpensive
    commodity
    technology
  outperforms
expensive custom
  mad...
What would happen
    if telephone
infrastructure were
so cheap anyone
 could deploy it?
4.   Atoms
 are the new
       bits
The Cantenna
What would happen
if we could design
our own telecom
  infrastructure?
paradigm
    shift
1995
Walled
gardens
2009
Walled
gardens
expensive, locked down
  telecoms in Africa
         +
   cheap, tinkerable,
broadband technology
          =
     opportu...
Village telco
workshop June 2008
Elektra




Rael Lissoos   David Rowe
Early 2009
2011?
Come
join us!
http://villagetelco.org
Creative Commons
 Spice Market by GavinBell                              WRT54G by pabojon
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/g...
Creative Commons
 Paradigm shift keyboard                                 USB hub installed into ASUS eeepc by ©h@n
 http:...
Steve Song
Telecommunications Fellow
Shuttleworth Foundation
  email: steve.song@shuttleworthfoundation.org
  blog: http:/...
Village Telco - TEDx Newtown
Village Telco - TEDx Newtown
Village Telco - TEDx Newtown
Village Telco - TEDx Newtown
Village Telco - TEDx Newtown
Village Telco - TEDx Newtown
Village Telco - TEDx Newtown
Village Telco - TEDx Newtown
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My TEDx talk on the Village Telco and the Mesh Potato

Project: http://villagetelco.org
Event site: http://www.tedxnewtown.co.za/
More about TEDx: http://www.tedx.com

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    1. 1. The Village Telco and The Mesh Potato a TEDx talk 18 September 2009 Steve Song Telecommunications Fellow Shuttleworth Foundation email: steve.song@shuttleworthfoundation.org blog: http://manypossibilities.net skype: steve_l_song twitter: stevesong
    2. 2. Connectedness
    3. 3. The average Kenyan spends more than 50% of their disposable income on mobile services.
    4. 4. Communication Networks 12 Efficiencies Innovation
    5. 5. 1. Tinkering is the new inventing
    6. 6. “Economic growth occurs whenever people take resources and rearrange them in ways that are more valuable. A useful metaphor for production in an economy comes from the kitchen. To create valuable final products, we mix inexpensive ingredients together according to a recipe.” - Paul Romer http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/EconomicGrowth.html
    7. 7. What would happen if everyone had the freedom to tinker and adapt their telephone networks?
    8. 8. 2. Emergence is the new order
    9. 9. From a mechanistic metaphor...
    10. 10. ... to a more organic, living metaphor
    11. 11. Telephone Internet Infrastructure Infrastructure
    12. 12. What would happen if we could deploy telephone networks more like Internet networks?
    13. 13. 3. Quantity is the new quality
    14. 14. Google's Search Servers Lots of inexpensive commodity technology outperforms expensive custom made servers.
    15. 15. What would happen if telephone infrastructure were so cheap anyone could deploy it?
    16. 16. 4. Atoms are the new bits
    17. 17. The Cantenna
    18. 18. What would happen if we could design our own telecom infrastructure?
    19. 19. paradigm shift
    20. 20. 1995 Walled gardens
    21. 21. 2009 Walled gardens
    22. 22. expensive, locked down telecoms in Africa + cheap, tinkerable, broadband technology = opportunity
    23. 23. Village telco workshop June 2008
    24. 24. Elektra Rael Lissoos David Rowe
    25. 25. Early 2009
    26. 26. 2011?
    27. 27. Come join us! http://villagetelco.org
    28. 28. Creative Commons Spice Market by GavinBell WRT54G by pabojon http://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinbell/35089898/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pabojon/85742230/ BY NC ND BY NC SA Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page by Joi Linksys WRT54G Hacking by RobotSkirts http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/2505321929 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackaday/1455548596/ BY BY SA before the Internet... by Esthr Day 107 – Tinkering by JonSaunders http://www.flickr.com/photos/edyson/232866145/ www.flickr.com/photos/jonpsaunders/3452950823/ BY NC network neurons 2 by gerard79 Mosquitoe http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=download&id=104392 www.uhh.hawaii.edu/.../images/joe-mosquito.jpg BY BY NC With Age Comes Complexity by Ecstaticist Google Server by NiallKennedy http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecstaticist/2969032490/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/niallkennedy/102932643 BY NC SA BY NC
    29. 29. Creative Commons Paradigm shift keyboard USB hub installed into ASUS eeepc by ©h@n http://www.flickr.com/photos/askpang/327577395/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreychan/2736451852/ BY NC SA BY NC ND Internet Map hello, world by oskay http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Internet_map_1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/oskay/472097903/ 024.jpg BY BY Eyes of Fubuki, #2 by krazydad / jbum Informal Settlement - by imraani http://www.flickr.com/photos/krazydad/39759836/ flickr.com/photos/la_grasse_matinee/2446701046 BY NC SA BY NC SA time by ŽakQ100 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zakq100/1576540418/ BY NC SA
    30. 30. Steve Song Telecommunications Fellow Shuttleworth Foundation email: steve.song@shuttleworthfoundation.org blog: http://manypossibilities.net skype: steve_l_song twitter: stevesong
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