“Each of the communities now have the tools to manage and expand their own networks — both online and offline… we look forward to seeing what they decide to do next,” says Eric Nitschke from Wakoma.
In November 2021 the IEEE, or the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, convened its first Connecting the Unconnected Summit, which brought together “experts and thought leaders on the issue of internet connectivity and the digital divide”. The Summit also served as the award ceremony for the inaugural Connecting the Unconnected Challenge.
Wakoma entered into the Challenge with their submission titled “The Nimble – An Open Source, Portable, and Offline-first Wireless Mesh Network for and by Underserved Communities”. On November 3rd, Wakoma was announced the winner of the Best overall Proof-of-Concept award.