BRCK Education announced that its recently launched flagship product, the BRCK Kio Kit has won the ‘Educational Tech of the Year’ Award in the Stuff Magazine Gadget Awards. The product was chosen for its innovative design which includes 40 customized drop and water-resistant tablets; 40 earphones; a BRCK Pi; a router and a plug to provide wireless charging, all within a 40kg rugged case.
“Designing a product that offers a strong and viable school-based solution and promotes digital access in education by enabling instantaneous access for up to 40 devices is something we are very proud to achieve,” said Nivi Sharma, President of BRCK Education. “There are numerous challenges facing education in developing countries and so we are delighted to have our BRCK Kio Kit recognised for being a technological innovation that positively improves the learning experience and outcomes for millions of students on the continent.”
The Kio Kit provides a “digital classroom in a box” model that connects any school within range of a mobile phone tower to the internet, as well as provides locally hosted content on the Kio tablets within each kit. The Kit is a simple, effective solution which requires minimal training or technical knowledge to setup and use. Each tablet offers up to eight hours of continuous use and the kit can recharge within four hours from mains electricity or solar panels. There is a single plug used to charge the kit and one button to power on the entire system.
Speaking on the award win, BRCK CEO Erik Hersman commented, “Winning an award that promotes the marriage of education and technology echoes our belief that learning should not be limited to teachers and textbooks. We want our Kio Kit’s to be useful tools for both teachers and students to access up-to-date educational materials in an easy, reliable and modern way.”
BRCK is a team of software developers, engineers and technologists based in Kenya. They have a long history of building things, such as Ushahidi, Crowdmap and the iHub. Their expertise runs from cloud software to fingerprint scanners for mobile devices to high-level medical device prototyping and manufacturing.
The BRCK was designed and prototyped in Nairobi, Kenya. It is a connectivity device that fit Africa’s educational needs, where electricity and internet connections are problematic both in urban and rural areas.